Home hotdesking

Living in a mid-sized 3 bedroom house, I don’t have an office. I used to have a corner of the living room which was home to a desktop PC but that has recently been gotten rid of in favour of a “chill out corner” with bookshelves and easy chair.

As someone who works primarily from home, this presents me with a bit of a quandry – where do I work? When I made the move to 100% freelance I invested in a rather meaty Dell laptop with this in mind – I thought I could try various different working spots to see what suited me best.

So, I’ve been effectively hotdesking around the house. I started at the kitchen table which, as Winter set in, became too cold on the tiled floor. So I moved to the living room and, using my wife’s folding craft desk, set up shop in the armchair. Initially this was quite comfy with cushions piled behind me but just before Christmas I started getting a spot of backache no doubt associated with this set up.

Working in the chill out corner
Working in the chill out corner

Recently I’ve put the craft desk in the chill out corner, using a dining chair to sit at (plans on getting a folding office chair are likely to be realised during an Ikea trip at the weekend). So far this seems the best set up, giving me the warmth of the living room with the comfort of a high chair/desk setup.

I’m wondering if any other freelancers are in the same boat – no fixed office to work in. Where do you prefer to set up?



  1. Personally, I’d sort out a more permanent working space, or find somewhere locally where you can rent one. When I went freelance, we switched the rooms in our smallish 3 bed house round a bit, so I work from the box room (about 6′ x 7′), on one end of a desk shared with the wife when she’s around. It’s cosy, but means I can have a big old 22″ flat panel screen as well as my laptop (the secondary screen is the main reason I’d give for setting up a permanent workspace – I can’t imagine doing web development without one).

    I’ve also been gradually improving my chair: from a cheapo office chair from Staples, to an Ikea Klappe chair (which was pretty good actually) to my Christmas treat to myself, a proper Herman Miller Aeron chair which is eyewateringly expensive and probably not quite worth it.

    Given the cost of not being able to work, I’d recommend investing in a decent workspace and tools.

    If you’re feeling wacky but short of space, there’s always this of course: http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/standup-desks/

    • I do wish I had a permanent office sometimes but then I do have the offer of going and sitting in the Kind of Digital office which I have done on occasion. I’ve also been known to go and hang out at local coffee shops with WiFi as well as spend some time back in the Council Offices occupying a spare desk.

      We did talk about getting a conservatory at one point – having two kids really makes you realise how limited space is!

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