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5 Things You Need in Your Home Office

What you need in your home office may seem self-explanatory – but it’s common for people to design an office and only then realise it’s not functional. Consider all the pieces of furniture you need well in advance. 

1. Purpose-lead space

When working from home, having an area to take breaks is essential, and this must be different to the area you work within. If your space allows, a separate seating area gives the brain a place to decompress and switch off when taking small breaks during your workday. If you want to step away – having a comfortable chair or couch nearby ensures your workspace remains for work. 

2. Your touch

A home office may be your space to work, but it’s also a part of your home. So making sure it doesn’t feel cold and sterile as you enter is an excellent way to keep your productivity at an all-time high. Adding photos of family and friends, art you’ve created or decor items you love can add a touch of you to a space otherwise dedicated to working. 

3. Gadgets

Working hard from home can mean you get distracted by the many gadgets, making a space messy. Figuring out an area to charge all your devices is ideal in a home office to keep distractions away. 

Wireless chargers, charging ports, and other accessible alternatives are suitable for small spaces. Wireless chargers are a trend we’ve seen emerging for quick sometime now – the struggle is incorporating them in a way that fits in office spaces that feels more natural. Hiding chargers and other gadgets can help to camouflage an office space as a multi-functional space outside of office hours.

4. Work desk

If you’re going to be working from home, having a functional desk space is essential. You need to make sure your desk is large enough to accommodate your computer and/or laptop, lamp, charging station and any other electronics or decor items you need. 

When choosing a desk, you will want to consider the type of chair you need, the space you’re putting it in, the surface area and whether or not you want an ergonomic standing desk. Ensure your electronics will be placed at a comfortable height for your back and neck. If your keyboard is set too high, it can cause discomfort or muscle strain. Everything you need should be within a comfortable reach, and utilising an ergonomic desk and chair can ensure you are correctly set up and avoid straining yourself. Be sure not to overload the desk and cause a chaotic work area. 

5. Space to move

Working in one room can get a bit restrictive, so finding ways to move around is a good idea. Working from home can decrease exercise, so having a small outdoor gym set up that can easily be packed up is one way to fix this. Plan walks around your neighbourhood each day is another way to achieve this. 

As we continue working from home, we find more effective and productive ways to set up an office to suit our individual working styles. Remote working is not leaving soon, so the more we know about working, the better. If you want to know more about remote work, sign up for our newsletter here. 

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