It is highly important that people working from home create the right environment that ensures productivity. That means that it should be as comfortable if not more comfortable than an actual office space so that one may not just be productive but also efficient in completing all their work. During this pandemic time having the right furniture and space for a home office will surely go a long way towards producing great work. This includes having a comfortable, adjustable desk, an ergonomic chair, a great internet connection, good lighting, multiple large monitors, ergonomic keyboards, and a mouse. It is also advisable to be situated in an area of the home that is free from other distractions. When it comes to designing your home office you must consider the space that is available to you, the amount of time that you will be spending on it, and finally your budget. It is very important to personalize the space with decorations such as plants or make it as stylish as possible so that one can be motivated to go in that space and work. The following paragraphs will introduce some basic must-have furniture for a home office.
Communication Equipment and Supplies
To conduct our work in the 21st century, we need to have the best methods of communicating with our clients or co-workers. Therefore a high-speed internet, an up to date computer, a screen, a printer, a scanner, and a telephone are must-haves for every home office. A desktop computer is preferable over a laptop because they are usually more powerful and can produce crisper graphics when hooked up to multiple large high definition monitors. However, laptop technology has improved tremendously over recent years, and if you don’t need a power punch and need something more mobile that you can take with you to another office than a laptop will do just fine.
Comfortable Office Chair
If you have decided that you will be conducting work for a full 7 to 8 hours, then you should spend extra time deciding on an office chair and should not cheap out because it can cause physical health problems if your chair is not ergonomic for your body. Most experts agree that you do not have to compromise on style to get an ergonomic chair, in fact, a lot of retro style chairs are available in new ergonomic designs that will help alleviate fatigue from sitting for long periods of time. You should have a chair that has an adjustable seat height. Sitting in the right chair you should be able to place your feet flat on the ground, your thighs horizontally and your arms placed at desk height. The backrest of the chair should also be entirely adjustable for both angle and height while providing lower lumbar support. This helps alleviate lower back problems. The armrest of a chair should also be entirely adjustable and this will benefit your shoulders from getting fatigued. On top of all of this, your chair should have wheels and a swivel base to easily move across your home office.
Adjustable Office Desk
Similar to choosing a chair, choosing an office desk requires time and research. Your desk should be big enough to fit in all the required papers while having space for the keyboard and monitors, but not too big that it will tempt you to store and clutter it with things. The height of the desk should be adjustable for a more ergonomic design. If you get tired sitting your desk should be able to come all the way up so you can work on your feet. Your desk should also have a cord port feature that allows you to plug in all your electronic devices. This ensures it is tidy and free from loose cables.
Every home office should have a storage area with the right filing cabinets that will store anything from books to paper. It is very important that your filing cabinets can be labeled so that they can be easily organized and maintained as they fill up with your documents. If you are struggling for space, then low cabinets that can fit under your desk could do the trick. If you do have space, then it is a good idea to fill the walls around your home office with bookshelves. Decorations are an important part of any office, and you can always decorate your bookshelves and storage cabinets with things that are meaningful to you.
A home office in which you will spend a lot of time should be comfortable enough to ensure productivity, but also stylish enough to ensure inspiration and motivation to go into that area of the house in the first place and complete your work. Basic home offices should have ergonomic chairs and desks along with good internet connections, and a working computer and screens that will meet your processing needs.