So you’ve gotten an email from your employer about a permanent move towards working from home. Don’t panic, as this is something that has happened to a lot of other South Africans too, as companies attempt to stay afloat and cut overheads in any way possible as a result of the economic catastrophe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve been working from your bed, or from a makeshift setup in the kitchen for the past few months, waiting to return back to the office, it may be time to consider buying a small desk for your bedroom, and to prioritise setting up a more permanent space for you to work from moving into 2021 and beyond.
The Rise of the Home Office and Keeping Perspective
While it can be unsettling to think that you won’t be returning to an office environment anytime soon, it’s important to remember to keep perspective during this time. Many companies have opted to serve retrenchment notices instead of making contingency plans for losses, so you may even be considered one of the lucky ones in the grander scheme of things. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a large spike in remote working, which has led to the rise of home offices, and as we’re firmly planted in the digital age, this type of working may have eventually been part of the “norm” in spite of the pandemic.
Carving Out a Creative Area in the “New Normal”
With that out of the way, we can now focus on where you’re going to look to start building your own workspace and productivity sanctuary in your bedroom. The space doesn’t necessarily have to exclusively be a space for work. People often use desks for creative purposes as well, and perhaps you’ve been waiting for the right moment to get back to drawing, writing or painting. There has never been a better time to carve out an area for you to get the creative juices flowing, and who knows, it could even turn into a side-hustle for you somewhere along the line as well.
What To Consider + Where To Buy a Small Desk
Before you start your search, be clear about whether you’re looking exclusively for a workspace, a creative space, or both. Consider the size of the room and the largest desk size that you could practically fit into the space. Material and cost go hand in hand, so set a budget first before you start exploring the different types of desks. Once you’re at this point, it may help to scope out your options by comparing the products on offer from various retailers. If you’d like to go straight to a reputable supplier who can offer you multiple choices as well as custom-designed furniture, check out Ixaxa Office Furniture. While their catalogue offers large desks, these can be modified based on your needs and should also help you to get a better idea of exactly what you’re looking for. Before you know it, you’ll be operating from a professional home office environment, with a new desk in tow.