Five Things You Need to Create a Home Office

Author: Gareth Jones
Published: December 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

5 things you need to create a home office

1 – The Desk - First and foremost you are going to need a desk. Not necessarily the biggest and most expensive desk, but a desk that is going to a) fit your room, and b) fit your budget. Most people creating who put together their first home office think it is essential to get the latest, most expensive desk to impress when clients come to round. The truth of the matter is if you are going to be working from home then you generally don’t want a client to come to your home, you will have spent enough time in there during the day that any chance for a working lunch, or trip to a coffee shop, will be greatly received! Therefore the desk becomes less of an issue. The main thing to think about when choosing your desk is consequently the size and shape. If the room is large enough think about a second desk without a computer to enable you to have another option should you wish to make phone calls, or read documents without distractions. One popular type of desk for this would be a round table with a single table base at the bottom, often seen in modern café bar cultures and can offer a more designer element to a home office.

2- Storage and Filing – One thing that is often overlooked is where you are going to keep all your paperwork. Working from home generally means you become the office manager at the same time, so it is important to be prepared to manage the paperwork. Traditional filing cabinets and shelving unites can be big and bulky for a home office, so it is important to look for small, but practical drawer systems. Compact drawer systems can often hold vast amounts of paper, so it is important to test the drawer runners are going to be strong enough to hold the weight – which means don’t always choose the cheapest one you see!

3- Chairs – A good chair can make or break how much work you get done in a day. If you think about it, you could spend 8 to 10 hours in a chair if your job involves lots of computer work, so it’s important that you are both comfortable and supported in your working day. All too often people are again tempted to look for the cheapest office chair as long as it’s got wheels and a bit of back support, but not a lot of people know that specialist companies around the invest millions in the research and development of office chairs for one reason only – the welfare of the person sitting in it. Office ergonomics is becoming more and more of an issue in larger companies, but it doesn’t mean it’s not an issue in a home office, so do a bit of research into popular makes and models, and if you can, go and physically sit on the chair in a showroom to make sure it’s the one for you!

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