5 unexpected ways to use your printer...

5 unexpected ways to use your printer at home...

Data from a recent Multicopy study shows that people are printing more while working from an office than from home. At the same time, a printer seems to make people more productive – which might encourage us to find new ways to integrate the printer more at home as well. We have looked at some ways to get creative with your at-home printer.

3400 people across five countries (Sweden, France, UK, Netherlands, and Germany) participated in our study on changed behavior related to increased remote working during the pandemic. The results show that the respondents tend to print more at the office than at home, and that the longer they work from home, the less they print.

This is perhaps no surprise - but more conspicuous is that 79 % of everyone who either had a printer or purchased one/received one from their employer during the pandemic answered that they thought it made them more productive. According to a report from Deloitte, after the pandemic we will see “a world where home printers matter more than they used to.”

With these findings in mind, it would be a shame if printing would decline. So why not think of new things to do with your printer, that might inspire enhanced printer usage at home? Let’s have a look at some creative things to do with your home printer!

1. Boost your walls
Getting tired of looking at the same walls all day when working from home? An easy way to boost and vary your home interior and home office is to print out patterns, photos or artwork that you find inspiring.

2. Create multi-page posters
Lingering on the interior theme, you can easily create large banners or poster-sized art at home. With a poster creation tool, such as the Block Posters app, you can split an image into individual sheets, print them and assemble them into a complete full-size poster. Just remember to use a good quality paper for a premium result.

3. Print you own lens hood
Lens hoods are used on cameras to reduce undesired lens flare, which is created when a bright light enters and breaks in the lens. Did you know that you can create your own lens hood – at home? All you have to do is download and print a lens hood document and cut it out. Cheap, quick and recyclable!

4. Personalize your planning material
By making your own calendars or organizing documents, being productive both professionally and privately gets more fun! You can either design calendars, planners, to-do-lists etc. from scratch or use ready-made templates available online.

5. Create your own paper crafts and puzzles
The popular paper folding art origami is a perfect activity to dig into in times of autumn and winter holidays, either by yourself or with friends or family. Both instructions and templates are easy to find online, for example here. For the kids, you can create your own coloring books or even your own jigsaw puzzles simply by downloading and printing ready-to-use templates.

The list is inspired by articles by CNET, Inkjets and Craft your happiness.

Interested in more insights from our survey on pandemic related behavior and attitudes? A full report will be published shortly.

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