Flexible living spaces
The need to stay at home recently has meant we’ve all had to adapt to a different daily routine, and that means having to do a lot more in the house than we’ve ever done before. So, how do we adapt our homes to accommodate them for everything we need at the moment?
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve shared some suggestions of how to create flexible living spaces.
Instead of getting up and going to work, we’re now travelling a much shorter distance to our new office - and you may even need to set additional space for the kids if you’re home-schooling too. For some, this might mean converting a spare room into a home office, but for others, you may be having to think creatively and adapt in other areas of the house. No home office? No problem. You can easily set up your workspace in another part of the house, which can come with some added benefits.
Your kitchen or dining area is always a good place to set up your ‘desk’. There’s always a table for you to work at, and the only things that could get in your way are other people in your household nipping in and out for drinks and snacks throughout the day.
A kitchen is often light and airy and usually features large windows. Exposure to natural light has been proven to lift our mood and boost productivity and coupled with the added bonus of being able to see the outside world, it’s much better than being cooped up in a smaller, less well-lit space.
Living rooms can be full of distractions when trying to work but depending on what else is going on in your home, you might not have any other choice but to use it as your office. A bonus about working in the lounge is that it is often the comfiest places in the home, and who doesn’t work better when they’re more comfortable?
By cleverly designing your living-room you can effortlessly create a space that’s perfect for both home working as well as some down-time afterwards. One option would be to pop a desk behind your sofa if you can, which will make it much easier to switch off at the end of your working day by simply putting it behind you. For those looking to create a seamless living/workspace, place your desk alongside your sofa so you can utilise this as a side table when you’re not at work.
You can set up a mini office in virtually any room of the house, just look for any free wall space, an available corner or an unused nook. To avoid the place looking too cluttered, opt for a desk that is made with a slim frame and straight lines. You can also get a foldaway desk if you want to free up this space after you’ve finished working or if space is limited, a bookshelf or display unit can provide you with just the right amount of room for your laptop.
Remember, wherever you’re working, make sure you take some time out at regular intervals. It’s never good to stay in the same room all day and can hinder productivity or your wellbeing, so make sure you’re getting out for a walk and a change of scenery, and make sure you open the windows for added fresh air where you can.
Whether you normally take part in classes, visit a personal trainer or just like to work out with your friends, you’re probably really missing going to the gym by now. For those keen to maintain their regular routine and keep their fitness up, there are some easy ways to make the most of the space you have at home so you don’t have to leave to achieve a solid sweat session.
If you don’t have the luxury of a spare room or a garage that you can kit out as your gym area, then you may need to simply move some furniture out of the way in the living room, dining room or bedroom so you have enough room to lunge, squat and crunch without knocking into anything. If you’re looking to follow an online workout, make sure you also have somewhere in view where you can rest your phone or laptop, such as a table or fireplace.
In terms of equipment, you might already have some at home, or you might even prefer just bodyweight exercises. If you do need some small pieces of equipment and are struggling to purchase these online, there are many household items that can double up as exercise equipment; cans of beans or bags of rice and flour are ideal to re-create dumbbells and laundry detergent or milk jugs can be used as kettlebells. Cushions provide the perfect substitute for medicine balls and your sofa can transform into a bench for triceps dips. A towel is also perfect for yoga and you can double up if you want extra padding - and don’t forget the all-important stairs that is the perfect place for a quick cardio hit!
At Keepmoat Homes, our homes are built for flexible living, so whatever your needs or requirements are, there’s capacity to ensure everyone in your household has their own desired space.
If you’re looking for a little more inspiration, make sure you check out our Inspiration Gallery and don’t forget to tag us in your images on social media of your own flexible living space or use the hashtag #KeepmoatHomes.