Additional reporting by Cheryl Lai-Lim
When lockdown measures first went into effect in 2020, many homeowners fleetingly turned their living room or cosy, underutilised nooks in their abodes into a temporary workspace. Now, two years on with work-from-home arrangements becoming a mainstream fixture, a dedicated home office is increasingly becoming one of the most important design elements in our abode.
A well-designed workspace should offer the ergonomics of an actual office. According to Lim Choon Hong, managing director at Xtra, a well-designed home office should preserve a sense of home but also function efficiently as a place for productive work. “Think about office ergonomics and be sure that the desk and chair you choose are the appropriate height for your body and can support you through many hours of use,” he says.
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Ann Lee, general manager at P5, says that it’s as important to have good lighting and sleek shelving systems. “The home office should always be separate from the bedroom. If possible, place your desk facing a window that looks out to trees or greenery; this can help improve concentration and creativity,” she says.
If space permits, Terence Neo, design director at Singapore-based interior design firm EightyTwo, suggests adding a reading nook. “If you have a nice, large window, create an enclosed reading nook within your home office with an armchair.”
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