WFB (i.e. working from bed) become your new norm?
It’s true, blurring the lines between your sleep sanctuary and workspace can lead to a myriad of issues – both physical and psychological. But we completely get it. The allure of a soft, comfy mattress is strong and pretty hard to resist for a homeworker.
According to a survey by uswitch.com, approximately 40% of people who worked from home during lockdown admitted to logging on from their bed at some point. And as remote working is set to continue for many people post-pandemic, it’s a trend that’s likely to stick around.
Here at Dreamers Bed Centre, we don’t see any harm in it. The corporate ridiculousness of overcrowded offices, swivel chairs, and standing desks all seem very… 2019. WFB is the future.
But still, it’s important to create boundaries between work and relaxation. To help you master the art of using your mattress as an office, we’ve rounded up a few tips to maximise your productivity – whilst keeping your posture in check and ensuring you still manage to switch off come bedtime.
5 tips to boost productivity and maximise comfort
1. Invest in an adjustable bed
Fact – our bodies just aren’t designed to sit still. They like variation and movement. Which is why, if you’re working from your bed, it’s important to change position every hour or so.
Perhaps stand up and use your chest of drawers as a desk for a while? Or take your next catch-up call with the boss whilst walking up and down the room? Alternatively, it may be a good idea to invest in an adjustable bed – such as those available in our store.
Designed to be as ergonomic as possible, adjustable beds allow you to alter the shape of the mattress with a simple touch of a button. You can raise the top and sit at the perfect angle for viewing those complex spreadsheets, without straining your neck. You can elevate your feet to improve circulation. Or do both at the same time!
Most mid-level models also feature an in-built massage function – which is the perfect way to relax and destress at 5pm, no matter what the working day has thrown at you.
2. Stock up on new pillows
Just as important as having the right bed, is having the right pillows.
Beds don’t tend to offer the same support as desk chairs. So to ensure your all-day comfort, you’ll need to sit upright against a comfortable headboard – with a pile of extra pillows behind your back.
Those with a ‘firm’ tension rating offer the best support for your lower spine. But keep in mind, this may not be the best option for your preferred sleeping position. If you’re a front or back sleeper, it may be worth using soft-to-medium pillows at night and switching to firm pillows in the morning.
3. Consider using a tray table
To maintain good posture and avoid neck strain, you need to keep your laptop at eye level. One of the easiest ways to do this is using a tray table or laptop stand. These can be found online for an affordable price and will make your ‘bed working’ sessions that little bit comfier.
Of course, if you like to sit cross-legged, a laptop stand may feel slightly restrictive – in which case, we recommend using an overbed table instead. These may sound a bit hospital-esque. But due to the events of the last two years, you can now find plenty of options on the high street that scream ‘hip yuppie in loft bedroom’ rather than ‘healthcare and hospital food’.
4. Declutter the bedroom
Try to keep your bedroom as clean and tidy as possible. Clutter can make it very hard for you to concentrate. And let’s face it, a towering pile of trashy novels on the bedside table and a mountain of dirty clothes in the corner isn’t the nicest environment to spend your working day.
If you’re short on storage, why not invest in a couple of new pieces of bedroom furniture? Perhaps you could have one chest of drawers for your clothes and one for your work stuff?
That way, you don’t have to worry about hunting down those important documents for your Zoom meeting. But your office items won’t take over the bedroom either. And when you clock off, you can file away the paperwork and put the laptop out of sight – ready for a little me-time.
5. Ditch the PJs
One of the dangers of working from your bed – apart from taking an accidental post-lunch nap – is that you can become far too relaxed. As tempting as it is, working in your PJs isn’t the greatest idea. Not only can it have a negative impact on your productivity, it can affect your mental well-being too.
So, when your alarm clock sounds – get up, have a shower and get dressed. Pull back the curtains and crack open a window to let in some much-needed daylight. And remember to change your bed sheets more often than usual. Trust us, climbing into a bed full of crumbs and coffee stains at 10pm isn’t a pleasant experience.
Create the perfect WFB set-up today
Ready to embrace this new – uber cosy – way of working? We say… good for you!
WFB may have a bad rep, but with the right ‘equipment’, it’s possible to be both productive and comfortable. And here at Dreamers Bed Centre, we have everything you need to get started.
We stock a fantastic selection of adjustable beds, firm pillows and bedroom furniture, from some of the best brands in the industry – including Mammoth Mattresses, Furmanac, Optima, Rauch and more. All of which are available for an affordable price. And the best bit? They can be ordered from the comfort of your own bed and delivered to your address within a few days.
So why not take a look around? Pick out a few items to make your ‘bedroom office’ work to its full potential. And remember, if you have any questions about the products in our store, you’re welcome to get in touch at any time. We’re always happy to help. Just give us a call on 01942 275 464 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.