Figures from the Trade Union Congress earlier this year revealed that over four million Brits work from home - an increase of 13% since 2011.
For businesses that operate from home, having a space where you can work comfortably and without distractions is key. Whether you have the luxury of a home office, a spare room, or work from your kitchen table, here are our top tips for making the most of your space.
When planning and furnishing your space, think about your business in the long-term. If you plan to expand, you need solutions that are scalable and can grow as your business does. Practical storage units that can be built on and added to, whether you need extra drawers, rails or shelves, will be a good investment.
It can be tempting to expand to fill your space - particularly if it’s small - but always leave a little ‘give.’ You’ll be thankful for it later.
Think about what you might be able to offload in order to fit your work life into your home life.
Shred sensitive documents and recycle old reports, magazines and newspapers. You could even use Big Yellow’s business storage solutions for archiving old files
If you have bulky or unsightly stock, consider whether it would be better housed elsewhere, i.e. a secure self-storage unit
Make use of those awkward spaces in your home (e.g. an alcove, the hallway or under the stairs) by investing in built-in office furniture. Opt for a corner unit or a series of mountable shelves if all you have is just one wall.
Look for furniture that can be put away when not in use - for example, foldable chairs or nesting tables that can sit neatly underneath each other.
Some retailers specialise in space-saving furniture. Try Bonbon or One Deko.
While it’s important to think practically, also consider what space will suit your working style. Some people prefer a more formal, closed-off environment, while others find themselves more productive with extra comfort.
If you’re easily distracted but don’t have a dedicated office, you can cordon off your space with a room divider. Check out eBay for a selection that are both practical and stylish.
Sometimes, no matter how much you de-clutter and organise, you still need a little extra space. At Big Yellow Self Storage we offer a range of secure storage units, from the size of a wardrobe up to a warehouse, perfect for whatever space you need.
With our flexible plans you can store from as little as seven days, with prices starting from just £5 per week.