Working from home has led to working from bed trend

PILLOW TALK: Eloa Marins, working from home on the northern beaches.
PILLOW TALK: Eloa Marins, working from home on the northern beaches.

USING the kitchen table as a home office during lockdown has become, if not ideal, then at least OK.

At a pinch, launching the laptop from the lounge might get the job done too. But working from bed?

If social media is anything to go by, that's exactly what's happening across the country.

According to hundreds of images posted using the dedicated hashtag #WorkFromBed, meetings are being attended and deals done from under the covers. On Instagram, the hashtag shows images of people snuggled under blankets, coffee in hand, as they send emails, run meetings and organise deals.

Darren Nelson, whose company Solace Sleep specialises in adjustable bedding, says his sales figures appear to tell the same story. They've skyrocketed almost 500 per cent during the COVID-pandemic - and not just because Australians want a little more comfort in their lives while stuck inside.

"Our bed sales are going through the roof," Mr Nelson said. "Traditionally our market is senior Australians but we are now seeing a big increase in orders from young professionals, particularly in the cities."

His customers include the likes of Eloa Marins, a trainee veterinary nurse and assistant supervisor with click-and-collect supplements supplier True Protein. In lockdown in Brookvale, the 29-year-old has taken to setting schedules for the company's production room and packing teams while propped up on pillows.

But the longer people are forced to stay at home, it seems the more likely they are to invest in adjustable beds and good quality mattresses. Mr Nelson says his orders have spiked almost four-fold during Sydney's nine weeks of lockdown. "We're all for it," he said of spending at least a portion of work time laid back on a properly designed mechanical bed. "The adjustable bed perfectly contours to the shape of your body and the mattress provides both comfort and support."

A recent survey by US home improvement outfit CraftJack found two-out-of-three remote workers have done so from bed at some stage during the pandemic. More than 70 per cent of the 1520 people interviewed said they had been forced to improvise with respect to their workspace and 38 per cent admitted to continuing to work regularly from beneath the doona.

  • Australian Associated Press

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