As I write this, I’m sitting in my bedroom. I’m not wearing my usual work clothes like if I were in the office, but that’s another story. This article is about a home office set-up. I’m sitting at a proper work table with sufficient electrical sockets and chargers, a comfortable ergonomic work chair and there’s natural sunlight streaming in from the window on my left. I’m feeling productive, and typingveryfast. When the 8days.sg team was put on a work from home situation due to the developing coronavirus outbreak, it spurred me to something I had been thinking of — set up a proper home office. Before that, when I had to work from home, I’d do so from my dining table or sit on the floor in my bedroom and use a low table. Now, I’ve bought a new desk which also doubles up as a vanity table on the side, since I’ve had to remove my old vanity due to a lack of space. A not-cheap work chair from Ikea proved to be a worthy investment, since I’m spending a lot of time in it. A proper desk set-up upped my productivity. And now that so many of us are working from home, whether temporarily due to the Covid-19 outbreak or more permanently due to shifting work cultures and an uptick in self-employment, here are some timely tips on how to set up a good home office, courtesy of April Kwan, Activity Leader from Communication & Interior Design at IKEA Southeast Asia.

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