How to Create a Family-Friendly Home Office

Apr 18, 2024 | 4 Min Read

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Creating a safe and child-friendly workspace at home requires careful planning and consideration. Here are some practical tips for childproofing your home office.

There are many small changes you can make to your home workspace to make it safer for small visitors throughout the day. These include:


  1. Designate a dedicated workspace
  2. Invest in childproofing tools
  3. Tips to secure electrical outlets and cords
  4. Anchor furniture and heavy equipment
  5. Store hazardous items away
  6. Use childproofing accessories on electronics
  7. Opt for child-friendly furniture
  8. Supervise and monitor children regularly


Start by choosing a specific area in your home for your office that can be easily separated from areas where your children play. Ideally, this space should have a door or baby-gate to limit access when you’re in a meeting or unable to supervise kids in the room.
Use safety gates or barriers to restrict access to your workspace, especially if it's in a high-traffic area of your house, like your kitchen or living room. Consider installing childproof locks on drawers and cabinets to prevent kids accessing them without you around.
Cover electrical outlets with outlet covers or caps to prevent children from inserting their fingers or toys. Use cable organisers to keep cords and wires out of reach and minimise tripping hazards under your desk.
Secure any heavy furniture such as bookshelves, cabinets, and monitors to the wall to prevent accidents. You can also use furniture straps or other kinds of anchors to keep little ones safe.
This is a must for any household - keep sharp objects, toxic substances like bleach or ammonia, and small choking hazards out of reach and locked away in cabinets or drawers. Any office supplies like scissors, staplers, and paper clips should be kept in childproof containers, and put away when not in use.
Don’t want your child to log onto a virtual meeting with your boss? Place childproof covers or guards on computer monitors, printers, and other devices to prevent embarrassment, or worse, injury.
You may be tempted by sleek and sophisticated office furniture, but think about whether this is the practical choice for your home. Opt instead for furniture with rounded edges and child-safe materials. Avoid glass tables or sharp-edged furniture that could cause an injury to a small child.
While childproofing measures are essential, there’s no substitution for supervision. Keep an eye on your children when they're in the vicinity of your workspace and always intervene if you think they may be at risk of having an accident.
It’s equally important for your children as well as yourself to set clear boundaries between work and family time. Explain your work schedule to your kids and encourage them to respect this boundary, while making sure they have plenty to keep them entertained and safe while you’re busy. This will help to minimise your distractions and to fully embrace family time once you’ve logged off.
Just as you can designate an area to be a home office, you can also section off an area of your home just for play. Section off a room or area as a kid-friendly zone where children can play safely within sight while you work. Stock the zone with age-appropriate toys, books, and activities to keep them entertained and engaged. For older kids, you could set up a small desk beside your own where they can do homework or quiet activities, and still spend time with you while working. 
Parents have to be flexible when working from home with children, as unexpected interruptions and disruptions are inevitable. Embrace a looser approach to your work schedule, and allow for breaks and adjustments as needed to accommodate your family's needs. Be prepared to multitask and prioritise tasks, and don't be too hard on yourself when things don't go as planned. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important, but can be hard to keep up.
Remember to regularly review and update your childproofing measures as your children grow and your workspace evolves. Working with peace of mind can make a huge difference to you and your kids’ wellbeing.

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