Turn Bedroom Into Office

Remote Workers Spend Over £1,000 To Turn Bedroom Into Office

UNITED KINGDOM – A survey of 2,000 workers by hotel chain Travelodge revealed that over 50 percent of them have transformed their bedroom into an office, reported the Evening Standard on Thursday evening (4 March, SGT).

On average, those 50 percent have spent more than £1,000 to do so, forking out money on new equipment, accessories, and furniture.

The primary things they’ve bought included a large desk with sufficient drawers, a cosy executive chair with a high back, ambient room lighting, a printer, potted greenery, and a jar of cookies.

About 33.33 percent also divulged that they installed an artistic feature wall to create an eye-catching backdrop for their online meetings.

Travelodge’s Communications Director, Shakila Ahmed, said remote workers were inspired by business travels in hotels, where bedrooms were also designed as workplaces.

“It’s an ideal workable solution when space is limited at home,” she explained.

However, the study found out that those who work from home are putting in longer hours, as compared to those who go to the office.

In fact, about 20 percent of the respondents said they often forget to take lunch breaks as they were too engrossed with their work.

Aside from that, nearly 90 percent of the surveyed workers divulged that they were utilising their previous commuting time as part of their work hours at home.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Thursday afternoon (4 March, SGT) that many office tenants across the UK are subleasing office space at a bargain, particularly in London where there is 6 million sq ft of grey space on the subleasing market.

According to real estate consultancy Savills, that amount surpasses the volume of grey space seen before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred.

This has led to a two-tier market – businesses are on the hunt for brand new offices with high specifications to lure staff from working remotely in their homes. However, the excess available office space mainly comprises smaller, second-hand premises with short leases and mediocre specifications.

“The 6 million sq ft of sublet space is precisely not what [businesses] want to occupy in London. That means much of that simply won’t be let,” said Savills’ Head of European commercial property research, Mat Oakley.

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