As a result of the pandemic, many of us find ourselves in a hybrid working role, or even permanently working from home. Therefore, we’ve had to create home offices in order to mould a simultaneously comfortable and productive space.
With this being said, many of us find that we’ve forgotten something when it comes to using our office. Of course, working is an extremely personalized experience, meaning that there’s no one way to design an office.
Despite this, there are some set furniture pieces that every home office needs and could benefit from.
Mobile Glass Wipe Boards
First thing’s first, a home office could greatly benefit from a mobile glass wipe board. Instead of using endless notebooks and pieces of loose paper for notetaking, you might opt for writing notes on a wipe board, which can then be transferred to your PC.
Not only will this save you from sifting through messy notes, but it’s also much better for the environment. Similarly, it saves you from holding onto unnecessary pieces of paper and cluttering up your workspace.
A clear and coherent workspace allows for clear and coherent thoughts, which will maximize your productivity and keep you motivated whilst working from home.
A Comfortable Office Chair
When consistently working from home, a dining room chair simply won’t cut it. You’re going to need a real office chair with ample back and arm support; otherwise, you run the risk of pain and discomfort.
You should choose a chair that supports your spinal curve and adjust it so that your feet rest flat on the floor. Similarly, your thighs should be parallel to the floor, whilst your arms should gently rest on the arm rests when your shoulders are relaxed.
You’ll likely be spending around eight hours of your day in this chair, so it’s vital that you get the ergonomics right.
A Suitable Desk
After your chair, the desk is possibly the second most important piece of furniture when it comes to creating your own office.
Your desk should have enough drawers to store everything so that you don’t have a cluttered surface; however, this isn’t all you need to think about. Your desk should be high enough for your legs to sit under comfortably, allowing enough room for you to be able to cross your legs.
Similarly, desks with a hard edge should be equipped with padding or a wrist rest, and you shouldn’t store things underneath your desk.
A Second Monitor
Once you start working from two screens, it will be incredibly difficult for you to go back to the use of one. In order to maximize your productivity, you’re going to want a second monitor, as this will alleviate the need to flit between various windows.
With this being said, your screens should be placed directly in front of you, just below eye level.
Similarly, it should sit an arm’s length away from you to prevent eye strain and position the monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side. When it comes to screen use, it’s all about protecting your eyes.
All laptops come with a trackpad that you can use to control the machine; however, this isn’t the quickest or most convenient way of using your computer.
Instead, you should purchase a mouse, but minimize how much you use this. For instance, you should use keyboard shortcuts in place of mouse use and adjust the sensitivity of the mouse so that a light touch is all that’s needed.
The mouse should be within reach and your wrists should sit straight during use.