Draw a distinct line between work and relaxation. If you don’t have a room dedicated as a home office, it’s important to choose an area that will foster productivity and help you resist diversions. “I would avoid putting a workspace in an area in which you will get too distracted, like a room with a TV or in a traffic pathway,” says Dallas designer Emily Johnston Larkin of EJ Interiors.
Dining room and kitchen tables offer plenty of space to spread out with your essentials, but be mindful of areas where family members congregate throughout the day. For optimal concentration, “I would definitely look at working in spaces that are removed from others,” says Beverly Farrington of Accents of the South in Huntsville, Alabama. Try to avoid tackling work-related tasks from your comfy bed or a couch that you like to curl up on at the end of the day with loved ones. A secluded nook at the end of a hallway or a guest bedroom with an appropriate surface for setting up your laptop might be more ideal.