Working from home has gone from being the way of life for freelancers to pretty much the norm for most professionals. And with that change, come many new considerations. Key among which are, how can you create a modern home office space that is functional but also optimal? It’s where everything you need is within arm’s reach. But also where you have the space to follow and attain those inspired ideas that set a mundane work day apart from a great one.
The Office Desk – Your Command Centre
If you pick the right desk, then everything will fall into place much easier. You’ll have to balance between the real estate you need on your desk versus the space you have to work with. Contemporary office desks though come in many shapes and sizes, so you just have to find one that works for you.
Have more space? Try an L-shaped desk like the New Sequel 20 Office Configuration from BDI. It’s basically your one- stop shop to an optimal command centre, with the main desk, a return and a mobile filing cabinet.
Space a little more limited? Try a return desk balanced with a stationary filing pedestal. That way you get a minimalist office setup that’s still functional.
A quick note about posture. It’s been recommended that when working, you should spend half the time sitting at and the other half standing up. To help your back stay healthy, innovative products like the BDI Lift Standing Desk will rise to the occasion and even allow you to save different heights as presets. Which is perfect if, say, you and your partner sometimes share the same desk.
The Office Chair – Working Comfortably
Once the desk is setup, you’ll need a chair that can offer you enough customization and adjustment options to the point you feel most comfortable. If you don’t feel “at home” in your home office, the chair should be among the first things to double-check.
Some things to consider – Is it comfortable enough to sit on for longer periods of time? Does your chair have the height adjustment you need? Can you position the armrests to where your hands are at 90 degrees from the desk? Is there ample back and neck support? Is it as mobile as you need it to be?
There are many types of swivel chairs and ergonomic office chairs out there, so take your time in choosing the right one. Consider it a good long-term investment in your health.
Storage – Keep Your Files in Order
When you’re having a busy day at work, the last thing you want to do is scrounge around in your basement or in your wardrobe for important files. We’ve all spent hours trying (and often failing) to find that one folder, promising to have a better filing system only to fall back to old habits. Well, the secret to success is having the storage solutions handy!
No longer do we need to rely on bulky office furniture that stands out like a sore thumb in a modern home office. You can have a small mobile filing cabinet that’s right next to you for easy access.
Or if you need a more involved solution, there are multifunction cabinets where you can store your printer, extra paper, files and more. And the best part is that because of their contemporary looks, they’ll blend right into your sleek office space.
Décor – Make it YOUR Space
Finally, here’s a quick tip to really make the space your own. Pick up a few minimalist décor pieces that will accentuate the space and give it some of your character. It can be something functional like small jewellery boxes or something that makes you smile or inspires or relaxes.
This is your home office after all, so feel free to add a bit of “you” for that finishing touch!
Now, you’re ready to start crafting your dream office space! And you can do it from the comfort of your home by taking a look at our Home Office section here or get in touch if you have any questions!