Creating the Ultimate Home Office
Our Top Tips for Creating the Ultimate Home Office
If you’re reading this blog whilst working from home, you’re certainly not alone. Recent years have seen a mass exodus of office-based workers – a trend that had already gathered ground, even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a major shift in the way we work.
During the height of the coronavirus crisis, research conducted by the BBC revealed that fifty of the UK’s biggest employers had no immediate plans to return all staff to a full-time office base. And a new generation of employees is overwhelmingly geared toward hybrid working, where at least some of the working week is spent at home.
Ultimate Home Office
In terms of work/life balance and flexibility, this is good news but, as anyone who is having to conduct their career from the kitchen table or spare bedroom knows, working without a home office can be exceedingly challenging.
So, if you’re thinking about dedicating some space to a home office set up, here are some top tips to ensure you create the optimum working environment:
It’s all about the desk
Every home office starts with a desk. It’s the single most important office item you’ll purchase, as everything else will be designed around it. Of course, the desk has to suit the space and, for many of us, this may be limited.
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At bc office furniture we offer a range of desk shapes, type and sizes to suit a variety of spaces – from cantilever frame desks to corner desks, wall hung desks and sit/stand desks. We can help you to make the most out of whatever space you have available. And with a selection of styles available too – you can match your desk to your interior scheme, so it won’t clash or look incongruous.
Pick a Supportive Chair
You’ll be spending lots of time at your home desk, so as well as ensuring that it’s practical and looks nice and, it’s vital to create a space that supports your wellbeing. That may mean situating your desk where there’s lots of natural light, popping plants on your desk or incorporating mood-boosting colours and artwork into your office scheme. Crucially, it also means picking an office chair that supports your back and provides comfort.
Think office health & safety – you should be able to sit with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle. Adjustable chairs can enable you to find the best height for your needs, but you also need to look for chairs with supportive backs and comfortable padding. Remember, the chair will be a permanent fixture, so needs to blend with the rest of your furniture.
Home Office Setup Essentials
Don’t Scrimp on Storage
It may be that you’re going for a minimalist look and want simple, sleek lines from your office furniture. If, on the other hand, you have a lot of office equipment/stationery and folders to keep tidy, look for units that offer plenty of storage. There are tonnes of options available for storage, including desk drawers, shelves, cupboards or desk-top containers. The last thing you want in your home is more clutter, so seek out office furniture that helps you to minimise mess.
Make it Personal
Perhaps one of the most overlooked home-office set up essentials is the need to inject some personality into your scheme. The joy of not being office-based is that you can make the space your own. So, take your time to pick furniture that not only complements the rest of your home but which makes you feel happy. The more comfortable and familiar you feel in your workspace, the more productive you’ll be.
Whatever style you are looking for, you can find the perfect product with us. To discover more, please get in touch with us. Or, if you would like to speak to a member of our team directly, call us on 020 8953 3437. We will be pleased to help you with any queries you may have.