Millions of people are currently trying to work and educate their kids at home. In 2020, our homes have become more important than ever before, with the vast majority of us adapting to taking classes and making calls from the kitchen table or guest room. Working and parenting can be challenging at the best of times, but throw in a global pandemic, and life becomes even tougher. In this guide, we’ll explore some options you can consider to create a more versatile home that makes striking the right balance easier.
Many of us are working from home, and in some households, the kids are also learning remotely. We’re also spending most of our free time at home. This means that our homes have become workplaces, classrooms and entertainment venues. While some people may have the space to accommodate all these demands, many don’t. The good news is that there are solutions, including flexible furniture. Investing in modular, customizable furniture is a great idea for those who are working or teaching from home. If you have tables that you can extend, or stools that double up as side tables, for example, you can modify your room to suit the activity and move from working and learning to hanging out and playing with minimal effort. You can also modify rooms to make them more versatile using furniture. If you have a guest room you never use, for example, turn it into an office or a homework zone by swapping a bed for a sofa bed and adding a desk and chairs.
Modifying the layout of your reception rooms
Modern homes often feature open-plan layouts, but if you have an older house, you may have a series of smaller rooms. While this works perfectly for some families, it can be restrictive for others. Modifying the layout is a means of creating more space and making your new, larger rooms more practical and versatile. If you have an open, spacious kitchen-diner, for example, you can cook, do the laundry, help your kids with homework, watch TV and socialize in the same space. If you’re thinking about adjusting the layout of your home, it’s a good idea to find a reputable architecture firm. Look for a company that has experience in the kind of project you’re undertaking and matches your priorities. If you’re interested in green living, finding sustainable architects is an excellent idea. Architects can explore ideas with you, give you inspiration and help you decide what to do with the space you have available.
Creating more space
A lack of space is likely to be a problem for many families at the moment. When you’re trying to look after children, run classes and work in the same room, life can get hectic. There are various ways to create more space. In addition to changing the layout, you could also consider converting an attic or basement, adding an extension or investing in a garden room, a conservatory or a log cabin. Get some ideas, compare quotes and set a budget before you make a decision.
Striking a healthy work-life balance can be difficult for parents, especially when you’re short on space at home and it feels as though everyone is on top of each other. If you’re looking to make your home more versatile, hopefully, these ideas will prove helpful.