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If sitting at a desk is a big part of your workday, 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 an 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 objects without straining.
The size of your desk or work surface will hinge on the size of your office and budget. Consider different types of desks 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. To help keep your work surface neat, invest in attractive desk organisers and plan for at least a few shelves or drawers for equipment you use or books you reference frequently.
Most of us haven’t reached the point of having a paperless office yet, but keeping paperwork organised is undoubtedly easier with the right mix of drawers, cupboards and shelving. This home office has both desk storage as well as open and concealed wall storage for maximum flexibility.
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-up work. This home office layers in a desk lamp for task lighting, a floor lamp for task and ambient lighting and natural light from the glass doors and windows. The desk and computer screen are angled so that light filters in from the side, instead of from behind or in front of the computer, helping to prevent eye strain.
If you live in an older home, power points may be limited. Be sure you have enough – and in the right places – for your electrical equipment. Don’t limit yourself to installing power points in walls alone. These days you can install sockets inside drawers and cabinetry or take advantage of concealed or pop-up power points.