Working from home maybe come the new normal, these essentials will keep you comfortable and productive.
When working from home you have probably realized that a desk area on a kitchen counter or the dining table isn’t the best setup. Once you’ve chosen a room or area for your office, here are five must-haves to include.
Make sure you have the right chair for the job. This is especially important if you work at a computer. Look for a chair that supports your back and encourages good posture. Features to look for include adjustable seat, arms and back, as well as legs on rollers and a seat that swivels so you can easily get in and out of the chair and reach for things without straining.
No matter the type of chair you choose, be sure to take stretch breaks and move around throughout the day. And go to the sofa or armchair for relaxing or reading.
Work Surface That Fits Your Needs
The size of your desk or work surface will depend on the size of your office and budget. Consider different desk types and even creative repurposing of other furniture pieces. Think about how you’ll be working and the items you’ll want to have close at hand. To help keep your work surface neat, invest in attractive desk organizers and plan for at least a few shelves or drawers for things you use or reference less frequently.
A Place for Everything
Most of us haven’t reached the point of having a paperless office, and keeping paper organized is easier with the right mix of drawers, and shelves. If you don’t have a lot of papers to file or objects to display, a simple cabinet on wheels or shelf might offer enough storage.
Good Task Lighting
A standard ceiling light provides overall light but you may also want to include task lighting for reading and other close work. A desk lamp, wall sconces and natural light from windows can help increase your lighting.
Electrical Outlets for Equipment
If you live in an older home, electrical outlets may be limited. Be sure you have enough for your electrical equipment. Keeping cords and wiring out of sight is easiest with storage areas that are flush against the wall. But if you’re planning a floating or freestanding desk, you can use cord covers to keep wiring neat and safe.
And don’t forget to include something that makes you happy or inspires you, whether it’s a sunny window, a treasured artwork or a furry companion to keep you company.