Finding space to start or run a business in the modern home is challenging. To help get you going, we’ve teamed up with professional organiser, declutterer and author of Start with Your Sock Draw Vicky Silverthorn. Here, she gives us her expert advice on how you can transform your dining room into a successful and adaptable workspace.
The most versatile room in the house
Not everyone has the luxury of an office/study when working from home, so if you’re lacking this space, the next best option is to use your dining room or kitchen table as your working area. I can assure you it can work just as well as any home office!
From an organisational perspective, you need to ensure that you have your system spot on so you avoid clutter and piles of paperwork, and that you create a workspace you can easily revert to a dining area at the end of each day.
Gone were the days when we need to store masses of paperwork, but if the nature of your business means it still needs plenty of documents printed, then the main thing is to make sure you can control this with ease.
By day, there’s no issue with sprawling what you’re working on over your makeshift desk, but as the evening draws in you need a quick solution to get your dining space back.
If you had this Cargo Portsmore Extending Dining Table you’d really want to keep it in top condition. I love this table for several reasons and would happily have it as my work table. It not only looks beautiful but it’s extendable, so for me to be able to pull all my work out (laptop, action tray and the like) and keep it neat, tidy and in view is the ideal! Cramped working isn’t at all fun so I would use it in its full glory by day and make it more compact again by evening.
At lunch, clear your table and be mindful to stop as you would if you were in an office environment. Use the fact you’re at home to your advantage, and make a healthy lunch to keep you going throughout the afternoon. Or perhaps even get out and have a stretch and walk!
For laptops I recommend a stand which elevates your screen – purchase an additional stand-alone keyboard and mouse so you are sitting in the correct position.
Start building the versatile dining space of your dreams today, with Harveys Furniture.