Working from home is very much the new frontier for many people self-isolating or simply taking sensible precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in progress.
For some of us, it's something we're long since used to, whether for a couple of days a week or on a permanent basis, but for what feels like the majority of people, it's entirely new ground. If you haven't got a desk at home, let alone an office chair with cushy lumbar support, or an ergonomic keyboard to ensure that your hands and wrists and comfortable, you might find yourself jury-rigging your home office setup together.
Well, between people's ingenuity and the irreverent humour that permeates social media nowadays, there are thousands of people out there now sharing their experiences of home working so far, and in particular shining a light on the downright bizarre offices they've built in an attempt to find somewhere comfortable to work.
We've scoured Twitter to find some of the best, most impressive and most depraved examples for your enjoyment - check them out below.
Clothes hamper for a desk
Can we do a WFH workspace setup thread, unglamorous edition?— Jules Forrest (@julesforrest) March 13, 2020
My partner and I are both working from our studio apartment. My setup is a chair in front of the front door and my desk is our clothes hamper. pic.twitter.com/5rVaqgkjjw
The vast majority of these solutions were posted in response to an initial Tweet from Jules Forrest, asking what other people had been doing to make their working lives function better at home. Her own solution is pretty elegant, even if it doesn't look particularly comfortable - a clothes hamper takes center stage in what is a very corridor-like environment to work in.
A standing desk of real quality
Was working from my recycling bin the other day pic.twitter.com/PKEQ0TkMbk— Josh Mateo (@joshmateo) March 13, 2020
Why use a laundry bin, though, when a real bin could do the job with even more modernity? Standing desks are all the rage, but not many of us have kitted out our houses with one, so when Josh Mateo figured out that his recycling bin made a handy stand-in, he went for it.
A panic-bought desk
Standing desk flex pic.twitter.com/YqtGbnlVAc— Brad Cahoon (@iambradcahoon) March 13, 2020
Let's be clear - panic buying is to be discouraged, and harms the most vulnerable among us who can't get necessary supplies. Brad Cahoon's 60 rolls of toilet paper might make for a useful standing desk, but they'd find a better home spread out among way more people. For shame!
Get yourself a pup
Laptop on my lap on the couch no desk. Puppy is pissed my lap is being used pic.twitter.com/31NoIxojcT— Meghan Feeley (@FeeleyMeghan) March 13, 2020
Working from home can be lonely if you're not used to it, but thankfully a lot of us have pets at home that can help to relieve the feelings of isolation. Meghan Feeley's dog might be annoyed to not be pride of place in her lap, but it's delightful little face is a tonic in troubling times.
Some people have it made
I was born ready! pic.twitter.com/qkcdQgKsbm— Philip Amour (@philipamour) March 14, 2020
Of course, there will always be people to remind you that your office is nothing compared to theirs - here, that function is fulfilled by Philip Amour, whose desk setup is frankly enviable.
I’m lucky enough to have a height-adjustable workstation at home... pic.twitter.com/a4CqgGoIhO— Life in Capitals (@lifeincapitals) March 13, 2020
If you fancy a standing desk, but know that later in a given day you're likely to want to be sitting, an adjustable desk's cost might scare you off. Don't worry, though - Life in Capitals has pointed out the perfect solution, in the form of a humble ironing board. Perfect.
just moved into a studio, still haven’t bought a kitchen table so what we have here is a mobile sit or stand desk... pic.twitter.com/6jdP92ogE2— Mia (@miamiamarie) March 13, 2020
Say you're working from home and things just start to get on top of you. You probably want to make sure that the moment your shift ends, you're within arms' reach of some delicious wine to soothe your soul. Well, Mia's desk workaround is pretty perfect, in that case.
Use a dog for a desk
Fluffy desk pic.twitter.com/oknvjBAZXX— SofiAmeli (@SofiAmeli) March 14, 2020
Why settle for having your dog next to you on the sofa, when a particularly laid-back pup might be happy for you to actually use them as a desk themselves? Especially if it gets them a bit of lovely warmth from your laptop.
More uses for your laundry
I made a standing desk the other day with a plant pot and a laundry basket! pic.twitter.com/JccDwnS3HA— Sabrina Monarch - Astrologer (@sabrina_monarch) March 13, 2020
It would seem laundry bins are really more useful than they might appear - Sabrina Monarch's basket is perfect as a desk-height booster when it's upended. A plant pot, meanwhile, is perfect as a microphone stand.
We like this picture from WildRaider because it feels like a vision of how people are acting like we'll all have to work - glued to our toilets, with every roll of paper we can get our hands on within easy reach.
Cats can come, too
Always add a space for kitty. pic.twitter.com/fqLisv01XZ— The Naughty Pussycat (@PussycatNaughty) March 14, 2020
Okay, we've given some love to dogs in this gallery already, but the reality is that loads of us have adorable cat companions, too, and they might be just as thrilled to find that their owners are in and around all day. This picture perfectly shows what we mean.
A setup from heaven
WFH in my office pic.twitter.com/L224CazAh2— David Herrmann (@herrmanndigital) March 14, 2020
Again, for some people the change to working from home won't be too much of a jolt. If you're lucky enough to be like David Herrmann, with a lovely home office that has natural light and plenty of space, count your blessings!
A truly portable office
A laptop might be portable, but most desks aren't - unless you're using your pickup, that is. Larry Cornett shows the value of a good old-fashion tailgate by showcasing how you can use it as a standing desk in a pinch.
Go rustic with it
My aesthetic was missing something pic.twitter.com/C9vjh7v0Uq— Tony P (@BNNERMAN) March 13, 2020
Finally, one of the most unique desks we've seen in all our browsing comes from Tony P, who's repurposed what looks like a pretty aged barrel into a delightful standing desk. Expect this sort of thing to hit Instagram in a big way very soon.