Wren Kitchens Design Director, Darren Watts, reveals his top tips on how to get your kitchen work from home (WFH) ready.
- With nearly half the UK work force WFH, it has never been more important to optimise your set up
- Kitchen space blessed with key and creative space to allow for productivity
- After work equally as important with half of survey respondents saying that warm lighting improved their mood after WFH
This year the amount of people working remotely has skyrocketed, with 47% of the UK work force mostly WFH in April 2020 compared to 5% of the population mainly working from home in 2019.
There is never a better time to make sure your home is optimised for your productivity as well as your mental and physical health.
- Lighten Your Workload
Evidence suggests that good lighting is key to productivity, and with the right lighting you can be more productive. A new report by Wren Kitchens reveals that people are more energised to work under spotlights, which correlates with scientific research because they are brighter.
Nearly a third of Brits (31%) said that spotlights are the best for working, naturally they are an ideal choice for the kitchen, because they brightly illuminate food preparation and cooking areas. This supports the idea that it’s best to set up shop either at a kitchen island or kitchen table.
- Keep it Clean
Clean kitchen, clean mind, which is exactly what you need when you’re trying to concentrate and be productive working from home. Keep your kitchen surfaces free of clutter as much as you can and remove items from surfaces into the cupboards.
You would never work from your office desk with a pile of dirty pans next to you, so you should treat your home office space with the same mindset – clean is the dream.
- Use Your Kitchen’s Strengths
Your kitchen has similar benefits as an office. It has tonnes of storage space and plenty of lighting as it’s usually the most well-lit room in the house. When working from home, you can use all these conveniences to truly optimise your space to create a functional working environment.
Make use of your kitchen cupboard space, as it can hold printers or second monitors when you’re cleaning up in the evening, as well as notepads, laptop chargers and headphones. This means they are easily accessible during the working day but will not be in your way when you’re trying to cook in the evening.
- Be Clever with Your Space
Your kitchen is as versatile as it is robust, so it can bounce into office mode during the day and back out again in the evening.
Be creative with your kitchen space, for example you can use the tiles and cupboards as whiteboards to put up post it notes to remind you about meetings or, if you’re struggling with your posture, create your own standing desk by utilising the kitchen work tops. All of these can be cleared away to allow you to retain your title as the best family chef in the evening.
- Don’t Take Work Home with You
Not as easy as it sounds, but productivity is not the only important thing of course with a worker’s wellbeing crucial in these times especially as we approach an isolated winter.
One of the problems with working from home is people feel they cannot switch off, having their place of work and relaxation under one roof. If you don’t have a designated office, the kitchen is the best alternative giving you space and light while keeping work away from your places of rest.
Switching to a warmer, dimmer light in the evenings can help to distinguish your kitchen during the working day and your kitchen when you’re off duty. Survey findings showed that a quarter of Brits said the right lighting does make a difference and improved their wellbeing, with 30% saying it helped them destress after work.
Nearly half of respondents (48%) say that warm lighting improved their mood, so finding the right environment after work is just as important as your home office.