Working from home is a trend that has been emerging for a while but if you're new to the world of conference calls and home workspaces, we've got a few tips on how to keep sane and stay productive.
You'll find a few below, along with some product suggestions to upgrade your workspace. For more tips though, check out our blog post "Isolation Stations : Tips For Working From Home"
Your kitchen worktop or table will do the trick for now but if you’re going to be working from home for an extended period of time, check out our collection of modern, designer desks.
Our eCommerce Director Richard has a String Shelving Workdesk configuration at home and swears by it. We’ve made this a “ready to buy” product on our website and most finishes are in stock now.
It has been suggested that moving from a seated position to standing regularly increases productivity, concentration and creativity. Sitting for long periods isn’t good for our bodies either - it has been linked to all manner of ailments including back pain, neck pain and a higher risk of diabetes and obesity.
Not ready to go fully standing? The String Works Height Adjustable Desk may be exactly what you need.
There's a reason that employers compile health and safety documents relating to workstations and in particular, your seating. A proper task chair that can be adjusted is hugely important for maintaining proper posture and can help avoid back and neck pain.
The perfect workstation will have a task/office chair that is comfortable to sit on, has a swivel base and is height adjustable. All of these factors will make for a much more enjoyable and productive space to work.
Luckily there are tons of brilliant options out there and here at Utility, we have a great selection of office chairs to choose from. The Aluminium Group of chairs from Vitra, Muuto Fiber chairs and Normann Copenhagen Form chairs are great examples.
Lighting plays a huge role in any space but when it comes to your workspace your choice of lighting is going to help you relax, avoid eye strain and stay productive.
Task lighting, as the name suggests is directional lighting that is used to help users perform a required job such as working at a computer, writing and reading. Desk lamps are a popular source of functional task lighting and offer a direct, intense light.
We recommend a lamp with an adjustable arm and shade like the British classic Anglepoise Type 75 or Artemide Tolomeo. These lamps allow you to direct light where it is needed whilst also providing shade to protect your eyes from overwhelming glare.
When it comes to mood lighting, we’re big fans of dimmable lamps that, much in the same way as candles, can create a relaxing atmosphere in your space. The Menu JWDA with its neutral concrete base and diffused, dimmable light is a great example. Portable lamps such as the Carrie Lamp are also great as they allow you to use the same light source in different areas of your house (so you don’t need to purchase multiple lamps).
Try using a dimmable table / floor lamp in your breakout space to encourage relaxation and calm.
The one thing we’ve learnt from working at home is that unlike a regular office, you’re in full control of your environment and can optimise everything to make you feel better, work harder and get results.
We’ve been starting our day with a good coffee, with pour-over being our brewing technique of choice. We’ve been using the Kinto Brewer with beans from our friends at Origin Coffee.
Next up, we’re lighting a scented candle and putting on our new Spotify playlist, Working From Home Vol 01. With the mood set, it’s time to get to work.
Surrounding yourself with things that inspire you or bring you joy will really help with your mental health so pay close attention to what you add to your space. Soft furnishings like cushions or beautiful objects such as vases or ornaments can help create a space that you'll be happy to spend time in.
If you're fortunate enough to have a private outdoor space such as a garden or patio, make the most of it. Your daily dose of fresh air and vitamin D can do nothing but help.
If you're looking for garden furniture that will stand the test of time then look no further than the Hay Palissade collection. Seen here, Palissade epitomises well designed and functional garden furniture. With galvanised powder coated steel to protect from adverse weather and a slatted design to make it porous to rain, the Palissade range will see you through every season. Since featuring in the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 this collection has been coveted by many.
You know what they say about all work and no play right? Well as much as we strive for productivity in our work, we focus just as much on making the most of our downtime.
When working from home it's even more important to have a breakout space in your home that you can relax, think, read and enjoy your time away from the desk.
At Utility, our comprehensive range of designer armchairs and classic chairs features influential brands such as Vitra, Hay, Knoll, Swedese and Fritz Hansen. Shop from some of the most stunningly designed yet instantly recognisable contemporary lounge chairs available in a selection of luxurious fabrics and materials.
I have rarely experienced such excellent quality advice, support and reliability. Your staff communicate effectively and helpfully. I am a truly satisfied customer. I love my String Shelving and I will not hesitate to return to Utility for my next purchase. Thank you!
Your customer service has been fantastic. I'm seriously impressed. Really pleased to be able to place the bigger order and make your time worthwhile. I think I need to send you a medal!
I just wanted to express my thanks again for your great customer service. I ordered my items less than 24 hours ago and I’ve amended my order- yet I still have my order here with me now. You went out of your way to deliver my order and I’m very grateful. I wish more places had people like you :-)
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Thanks again for such amazing customer service - I have honestly been so impressed by everything! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job
Excellent customer service and immediate response to enquiry (live chat). Very happy every time used Utility both online and on high street.
I couldn't be happier with the custom made sofa bought through the online store. It is perfect and made all the more enjoyable by buying it through the guys at utility. Ben and Paul who delivered the sofa were amazing, kind and really helpful in a difficult situation (of course the lift broke when I was getting something delivered). Would highly recommend!
Just wanted to message and say that I'm a big fan of the Utility Stores and the types of products you guys sell. I work close by to the Manchester store at University Green, so I'm popping in a fair bit generally for cards, gifts, etc. I just nipped in again this afternoon about one product I'd bought earlier and the staff were super helpful and attentive. It made it really easy, and I was in and out in no time.
Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to say how happy I am with the service I have had. Especially the two guys who delivered/carried into an awkward space/built/then took away the packaging, not to mention then gave me a lift into town. Thank you. Plus the sofa looks amazing. I will definitely be using you guys more in the future and will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen.
Thank you for all your help and customer service, the Eames Lounge Chair arrived yesterday and I love it.
Comment: I just wanted to say that Esther on the checkout in the L1 store made my day today she was so friendly