With more people working from home than ever before, office workspaces are now must-haves in many homes. Whether you have a dedicated office or a flexible work area in another room, stylish and ergonomic furniture along with smart storage solutions will help create an attractive, functional space.
Desks. Current desktop computers feature integrated hard drives and thin screens, and many people also use laptops, tablets, smartphones, and wireless printers to conduct their business. Because of this, a large desk isn’t always necessary but correct setup is a must. According to ergonomic experts, you should be able to look straight ahead at your computer screen and reach your keyboard and mouse without having to bend your wrists. An even better option is a standing desk. It allows you to keep moving throughout the day and avoid the health problems associated with too much sitting. Just be sure to adjust your standing desk to the correct height and pair it with a mat designed to protect your feet and joints from fatigue and pressure.
Storage options. One of the biggest downsides of home offices is the clutter they can bring. Hidden storage and organization is critical to keeping a neat space. Filing cabinets are the old standby if you need easy access to paperwork. Freestanding bookshelves and consoles provide more attractive, multipurpose storage, which is particularly great if you don’t have a dedicated office space. Another option: Use a scanner (or your mobile device) to capture digital versions of important documents and cut down on excess paper.
Chairs. After the desk, an office chair is the most important purchase you’ll make. Because sitting takes a toll on your body, find a chair that offers comfort and support, while allowing you to maintain proper posture. Today, lots of office chairs provide great aesthetics along with adjustable armrests and seat heights, lumbar support, and breathable materials. The right chair type depends on your size, posture, and comfort preferences.
Accessories. Once you’ve got a desk, chair, and storage, focus on the smaller items that will finish your space. If you use a laptop, consider purchasing a laptop stand. It will raise the screen to the correct height to prevent neck strain, lessen glare, and reduce heat buildup. Cord management systems keep your workspace tidy. Finally, make sure you select lighting that will prevent eye strain and look beautiful. Experts recommend “layered light.” In other words, you need task lighting as well ambient lighting. Look for adjustable/dimmable light fixtures and lamps.
Above all, remember that your home office should be a place you want to go. Comfortable, functional furniture is important, but don’t neglect the colors, accent pieces, and other style elements that make you feel energized and creative.