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Ask a designer: work-home balance

“I’ve been working from home for a while. How can I keep my working and living spaces separate, without an extra room?”

Excellent question! Interior designer Hans Blomquist has plenty of wisdom to share on the topic, explaining how to best maintain a good work-home balance, even if you live in a small space.

A man sitting at a NÄRSPEL desk in front of three BILLY bookcases filled with books and mementos.
A man sitting at a NÄRSPEL desk in front of three BILLY bookcases filled with books and mementos.

Watch and learn

See how Hans designed a functional co-working environment in a loft apartment by creating smaller zones for different activities. With these easy-to-implement tips and tricks, you too can start enjoying the freedom and flexibility that comes with working from home.

A moodboard of a wooden spoon, dark blue oval dish, some photographs, pieces of leather and fabric, hooks and a kitchen tile.
A sketched floor plan of the loft apartment.
An IDÅSEN sit/stand desk covered in illustrated pages with a LIDKULLEN active sit/stand support.
Portrait of IKEA interior designer, Hans Blomquist.
Close-up on wooden detail.

    Sit back and relax

    You know the feeling. The twinge in your neck. The dull pain in your lower back. It’s just part and parcel of sitting down all day, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. All you need is to find a sitting (or standing) solution that works best for your body and space.

    Learn how to create a home office
    An ELDBERGET/BLYSKÄR swivel chair in beige/white in front of the ALEX desk.
    Learn how to create a home office

    Creating zones

    Walls normally do so much of the decision-making when it comes to dividing space. Rugs, curtains and bigger furniture pieces can also be used to make separate zones, even in a smaller home.