Are you self-employed? Running a small business out of your home? Looking for incentives to complete self-assigned projects and keep your life organized? Whichever of these goals applies to you, having an efficient, well-structured home office can help you accomplish it. But if you think a lap desk and a cup of coffee or a folding table and an uncomfortable chair constitutes a home office, think again. You’ll find it a lot easier to get started on that long to-do list if your office is a place that you actually enjoy. Take a look at these essential items for furnishing your home office, and make sure “get furniture for office” gets moved to the top of your task list.
No rocket science here — a desk is the main attraction in any home office and will set the tone for your office’s style and purpose. What you may not know, however, is that finding the right desk isn’t as simple as it sounds. Make sure you’ve evaluated what type of desk you want before you even start looking. First, take into account what you plan to use it for. If your work involves a lot of paper shuffling, books, and writing by hand, a simple writing desk may be the best option. On the other hand, if you’re a web designer, you’ll want a computer desk with plenty of space for a laptop and possibly one or two large monitors. If style is crucial and you don’t want your office to look too … well, office-y, consider a more subtle cabinet desk. Think about the shape of your desk also; an L-shaped desk or a U-shaped desk will allow you more extensive work surface that you can easily access just by swiveling your chair.
And speaking of chairs, now that you have the perfect desk, nothing less than the perfect chair will do. While there are a gazillion chairs out there to personify pretty much every personality type imaginable, if you’re planning to actually sit in your desk chair for extended periods of time, then you’re probably better off picking something that won’t leave your back, hips, and various other joints in horrific pain. Make ergonomics a primary consideration. The Herman Miller Aeron chair is widely known as the Rolls Royce of ergonomic desk chairs, but if spending $600+ on one item of furniture doesn’t appeal to you, consider something a bit more conservatively priced like the Office Star Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair.
If you haven’t thought about where to keep all those important documents, receipts, or other miscellaneous papers, now might be a good time to consider a filing system for your home office. Don’t go overboard, though. Keep it small and simple unless you actually need an elaborate system. Organizational expert Peter Walsh recommends putting almost any piece of office furniture on wheels so it can be moved around for convenience or stowed away at the end of the day. This piece of advice seems particularly well suited to filing cabinets, especially smaller ones.
Still lacking inspiration? Check Pinterest or articles such as this one for some visual ideas on how to set up a home office that reflects your personal style and helps you increase your productivity at home.
About the Author
David Ching works for EQA Office Furniture, providing furniture solutions for home and business, including workstations, seating, cubicles, and more.