More and more of us are working from home, according to new research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The number of employees who usually work from home has risen by 152,000 over the last year, according to its analysis of ONS data. Even if you aren’t one of them, chances are you still have a study or home office.
But while some say a messy desk is the sign of a genius, it can also drive you mad. Problem is, for many people, your existing storage system and floor space just isn’t big enough to accommodate everything. However, while it used to be that a wall was simply a static structure that you could paint or decorate to make it more interesting, thanks to ThistlePro Magnetic plaster – which can be easily installed over a new wall surface or retrofitted over an existing wall – it can be transformed into an interactive space, meaning the opportunities are endless. And you can change what’s on it as often as you like, without the need for nails, glue or drilling into the wall.
An asset to any home office, a Magnetic Wall can help you organise your thoughts, showcase ideas, and even display your training certificates. You can even combine with blackboard or white board paint to create handy working walls for when inspiration strikes. But most of all, it can help you to keep your desk clear of clutter, so you can get on with your work.
Here’s our top tips on how a Magnetic Wall can transform your study or home office:
1. Help you know exactly what you need to be doing, when
Mounting a wall planner, particularly a write-on, write-off one, to your wall means you can see your appointments at a glance. Plus, you can easily add anything when you remember something. It’s the ideal solution to make sure you know what’s going on during the week and month ahead. Alternatively, use blackboard paint to create a huge old-school calendar directly on your wall.
2. Create that industrial chic look you’ve been hankering after
If you’ve always been drawn to industrial, stripped back design, you’ll love the concrete-like finish of a Magnetic Wall left it in its unpainted state. To ramp up the ‘industrial chic’ look even further, why not attach some wire wall grids, baskets and letter holders to the wall? They look good, are great for storage, and budget-friendly to boot.
3. Enable you to jot down ideas when the inspiration strikes
Thistle Magnetic plaster can be painted with whiteboard paint, so hunt down some whiteboard markers and don’t worry about paper when inspiration strikes or if you need to jot down a phone number, simply start scrawling on the walls, knowing you’ll be able to wipe clean afterwards.
4. Bring the kids to work day – every day
Keep pictures of friends and family on a Magnetic Wall to keep them close at hand while you work. Why not invest in a set of magnetic photo frames and display your favourite family photos above your desk, helping you to keep loved ones fully front of mind? Adding or removing photos is easy so you can update school and holiday photos without the hassle of drilling new holes into the wall.
5. Magnetise your memos
Metal binder clips make keeping all those receipts, to do lists and train tickets tidy a breeze.
6. Streamline your walls
The smaller your home office is, the more efficient organisation and storage should be. For a really streamlined solution, you can buy stainless steel home office wall decor that features an all-in-one magnetic board, bulletin board, dry erase calendar and chalk board.
7. Save you time
What are you constantly looking for? Consider fixing it to your Magnetic Wall. Look for a landing strip with a row of hooks; keys can go on the hooks underneath and your mobile and wallet will fit perfectly on the shelf. This will save you precious minutes when grabbing your things before dashing out to meet a client or pick the kids up from school.
8. Tidy up coats
Don’t have space for a coat stand in your study, but fed up of your jacket being slung over the back of your chair? A Magnetic Wall means you can attach temporary coat hooks neatly to the wall as and when you need them.