In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day.
Staying focused while working from home can be challenging if you’re used to leaving your apartment for work. And if it’s possible for you to work in an office outside of your home, then you might be tempted not to make a permanent home office space. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has convinced many people to make a permanent home office in their apartment. But what if you don’t want to keep working from home forever? That’s when temporary desks come into play.
If you’re wondering whether to choose a dedicated home office or a temporary table, consider the following pros and cons when making your decision.
Pros of a dedicated home office
Separates work from life
When you have a dedicated home office, you can far more easily separate your work time from your personal time. Granted, it may still be a challenge to separate the two since your apartment is likely full of fun distractions, but regularly using a designated home office space can still help you be more focused and productive.
A dedicated home office desk has more functionality than a regular desk. Your home office desk will likely have more space for adding table lighting, which is correlated with increased productivity while preventing eye strain, headaches, and fatigue. Additionally, office desks sometimes have drawers or organizers that make storing office supplies much easier.
May be better long-term
Being productive from home will simply be easier with a well-furnished office. And with more companies offering permanent work-from-home, maintaining a home office routine with a multifunctional, ergonomic desk and chair can help you successfully work from home.
Cons of a dedicated home office
May be more expensive
Office desks can be more expensive, whereas folding desks and lap desks are usually more affordable. Even if you find the perfect permanent home office desk, you may have to pay hundreds of dollars. You may also be tempted to buy a table lamp or printer now that you have the extra desktop space for it, which isn’t possible with folding desks and lap desks.
Takes up space
If your apartment is on the smaller side, you may not have a space for a dedicated home office. You may wonder if a permanent home office is even necessary when you have such a limited amount of space. If you are thinking about getting a permanent office space in your small apartment, you’ll have to rethink and get creative with fitting your workspace, which just might not be possible for some renters.
May not be ideal for short-term
Dedicated home offices can be unnecessary if you are working from home just temporarily. Spending money on a high-quality office desk, chair, and possibly a printer may not be a sensible choice if you don’t plan to permanently work from home. The money spent on a designated office space in your apartment may be better spent on smaller, less expensive objects that assist you during your temporary work-from-home phase.
When you work from home, do you use a dedicated work desk or a temporary desk? Share your thoughts in the comments!