5 Things You Need in Your Home Office
When you work at home, you discover that a makeshift desk area on a kitchen counter or the dining table isn’t the best setup. Having a dedicated home office, makes a big difference in comfort and productivity. Once you’ve chosen a room or area for your home office, here are five must-haves to include in it.
1. Comfortable Chair
Make sure you have the right chair for the job. This is especially important if you work at a computer. Look for an overall fit that supports your back and encourages good seated 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.
2. Work Surface That Fits Your Needs
The size of your desk or work surface will hinge 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.
3. A Place for Everything
Keeping paper organized is easier with the right mix of drawers, cabinets and shelves. If you don’t have a lot of papers to file or objects to display, a simple cabinet might offer enough storage.
4. Good Task Lighting
A standard ceiling light providing overall illumination is just a starting point for a home office. You also want to include task lighting for reading and other close work. A row of upper cabinets in the home office provides an opportunity for bright undercabinet lighting over the entire desk surface.
5. Electrical Outlets for Equipment
If you live in an older home, electrical outlets may be limited. Be sure you have enough — and in the right places — for your electrical equipment.
Keeping cords and wiring out of sight is easiest with a built-in desk and storage areas that are flush against the wall. But if you’re planning a floating or freestanding desk, you can use floor outlets and cord covers to keep wiring neat and safe.