In 2017, 1.5 million UK workers choose to run their career from the comfort of their own home. The number of home workers has risen by a fifth in the last decade, largely thanks to the more progressive mindset of many modern employers and the improved employment rights of parents.
For those of us dubious at the prospect of working from home, with the distractions and lack of structure that you get from a traditional office environment, here are a few worthwhile investments to ensure you create a perfect sanctuary for your workspace.
The risks of a sedentary lifestyle have long been warned by scientists, with extensive research providing evidence of links between extended periods of sitting and health problems such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers suggest that workers should aim to spend a minimum of two hours standing and mobile throughout the working day. In light of this, there has been a slew of standing desks and even treadmill desks, but the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 is our favourite. With a fully adjustable height setting, you can go from sitting to standing whenever you want. The 36-inch desk provides room for a dual-monitor setup and has a sleek two-tiered design, giving room to store your keyboard and mouse. With a variety of different colourways including natural wood finishes, this functional product can aid your health, improve your working environment and provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to your desktop.
House plants are having a moment right now, not least because they create a clean finish to your interior decoration, but also because of the added benefits for improved air quality. For a stress busting decorative element in your study space, we like geo-fleur for a diverse array of house plants and terrariums in minimalist designs. Sign up to their Plant Post Club for a change up every month.
When it comes to minimalism, look no further than Scandinavian designers for some inspiration. Muuto’s smart, contemporary Leaf Table Lamp uses energy-efficient LED technology allowing you to dim the light as you wish throughout the day.Aluminium Chairs EA by Charles & Ray Eames
Arguably the leaders of 20th-century design, Eames can always be relied upon for the most stylish additions to your home. The Aluminium Chairs are a perfect option for active sitting while at your desk, and you can configure your desired finish using a wide range of material and fabric options from leather to netweave in neutral colours.
If you aren’t the only one at home whilst you are trying to work it might be worth investing in some effective noise cancelling headphones. The latest technology from Bose uses Bluetooth and their world-class noise cancellation to bring you these wireless headphones, lasting up to 20 hours of seeming peace and quiet.