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When you need to start working from home or if you already do, we've got heaps of ways to make your study more comfortable and more productive.

Pick your space

When choosing a work area, it's a good idea to keep it away from your living room. Having a separate space makes it easier to focus when you're working and easier to switch off when you're not working.

Remember to make sure you have access to power; you might need to use extension leads and power boards.

Work out what you need

Make a list of all your work equipment, including the paperwork and materials you need to store. You can plan a basic office around the size of your desk, then work out where the shelving and storage needs to go.

Home office.

Setting up

To save time shifting office furniture around, it's a good idea to draw it up first.

If you work on a computer, having a couple of light sources cuts down on screen glare. Areas with natural light are good, but you can always use desk lamps if necessary.

Corners are great for office setups as they take up less room and choosing an L or U desk shape keeps everything in easy reach.

If you're short on space, the stand up desk is another option.

Home office.

Storage

Too much clutter makes it hard to concentrate and find what you need. You'll need plenty of storage space to keep stationery out of sight and storing paperwork.

Organised home office.

Personalise your space

Having a home office means you can decorate it any way you want. Pictures are a good idea and plants bring life into your space. Pin boards are also good for organisation and visual management.

You might also want to think about a fresh coat of paint. A splash of colour

Wire board.

 

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.