Working from home in this ‘new normal‘ is definitely taking some getting use to. I have found the best way to adapt and feel a little more at home, is to make a more distinguished workplace for me. I am sure you know by now that I am a textiles student and for us, studio space is so important. Here are my tips to try and recreate the studio in your own home.
- I have an Ikea desk but I have seen a lot of people who have made desks out of crates or a music stand or just something you have around the house.
- I like to cover and protect my desk because I am always painting or drawing. In the end, I decided to cover it with some parcel paper which is quite affordable, but an oilcloth is equally as good and is also wipeable.
- Try and keep your desk as clear as possible. I try and tidy it in the morning before I start any work. As they say, tidy desk, tidy mind! Of course, this doesn’t always work.
Hang your work up!
- I find I feel a little more inspired if my work is out or whatever you are working on is out.
- Command Hooks are a great way to hook your work up. I use them for fabric samples which I tagged on to bulldog clips to avoid any holes in my work occurring.
- Pinboards are also great to pin you work or photos up. I found some for £5 at Wilkos which are self adhesive as well.
Have the right resources with you
- Don’t doubt the benefits of a good chair. This will save your back, and prevent the hunchback look for the new academic year.
- A lamp is also beneficial, especially if you are doing exceptionally detailed work.
- A printer nearby is of advantage too for printing off research or new designs. I also find it you want photographs, FreePrints is a great way of getting affordable prints for a small price each month.
I hope these tips are helpful for working at home and adapt accordingly!