Just We Needed Department: The Office in a Bed

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Marcel Proust wrote À la recherche du temps perdu while in bed; he had his bedroom lined in cork so that he could work in quiet and peace. Mark Twain worked in bed too. Now working from bed is making a comeback as more and more people work from home, and the bed manufacturers are adapting to the trend. According to Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal,

Researchers who study work habits say a new generation reared on mobile devices is increasingly accustomed to using them while propped against pillows, lying down or in a fetal curl.

Reverie Bed/Promo image

The Reverie Bed company claims that "as many as 80% of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed." The company has added built-in power outlets to plug in equipment; you can control your bed via your smart phone. Unlike the standing desks that we promote as being good for your health, this probably isn't.

Ergonomics experts shudder at the trend. [Tech journalist] Mr. Sieberg says many people who bring laptops or other devices to bed get stiff necks or backs from holding their bodies in strange positions, propping themselves up on their elbows or rolling around trying to get comfortable.

The article also notes that bed sizes have increased to allow people to have more room to work; the new biggie on the mattress scene is 84" x 84", which is bigger than some bedrooms.

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