Choosing Home Office Furniture
Most people who work from home have home computer desks stuck in a corner. Upgrading to better home office desks helps you keep organised and separate your home life from your business.
There are loads of styles to choose from to place in the corner of your study. These range from contemporary and glass top desks that have a modern look to basic wood-based items. A good chair will help your back if you're sitting in front of your computer or laptop for long periods each day.
What Type of Desk is Right for Your Office?
You can answer this question by looking at the space you have available for a desk and chair. If you have a dedicated room free, such as a study, then look at the area so that you don't face a wall if possible. Ensure you have enough space for your computer screen, keyboard, telephone and mouse mat. In terms of a desk, biggest is always best because there are invariably bits of paper and other stationery items you'll be working on during the day. Things to consider include:
- The items you'll need on your desk to work productively, such as a laptop, mouse mat, coffee mug, note pad and telephone.
- The space in your office that you have available.
- Will you need any additional storage facilities for files and other essential items?
- Do you use a printer? You could place it to one side or on the work surface.
- Will you need a space cut out for cables and wires to hook-up to your electricity supply?
- Is it in a fixed position or will you need it to be portable to move to other areas in your house?
If you're just putting the desk into an area of an existing room, then there are units where you can effectively close the door, so it looks like a nice piece of furniture. When you have finished your working day, you can forget about your business and enjoy family life. Additionally, if you have small children in your home, you'll want to be able to keep cables out of sight.
Types of Home Office Desks
As mentioned above, there are many types to choose from and here's a rundown of some of our favourites.
This Ikea all in one computer workstation is the type that many people have at home because you can put everything in one place. There are open shelves to place filing and lever arch files with space for a printer as well.
It's also very cheap at around £45. OK is not the most handsome of furniture, but it's practical and does the job.
Glass Top Desks
This desk is the type we use every day in the Small Business Pro office with an optional glass top. It's very wide with a width of 140cm and depth of 75cm and can hold a substantial 19-inch monitor. We get tons of other stuff on the desk, and a glass top makes it very easy to clean (when we spill coffee all over it).
Again another item from Ikea is this groovy contemporary desk which easily holds your computer and can be placed in the corner of a room if so desired.
Not only is it a great looking piece of furniture, but you can quickly clean it if you spill any liquids on the surface.
This one is a little more expensive at around £139 but still good value. With this type of furniture, you'll also require some storage facilities to accommodate filing and paperwork.
Finding a Chair for Your Desk
Getting the right chair for your home office is more important than your desk. The desk is a practical purchase just to ensure you have enough space, and it will fit your home whereas your chair decision is to help keep your posture correct during the day.
This hypothesis means not finding a chair that looks comfortable but a chair that helps your back especially if you have suffered from any manifestation of back pain in the past.
When searching for chairs ask your supplier if you have any medical issues or simply want to prevent them occurring in the future. So-called executive chairs may feel like you're the tough CEO of your company, but your body may not thank you for it in years to come. Consider the following:
- How the chair fits into the desk you purchased.
- The amount of money you have in your budget for your chair.
- You may need ventilation around yourself because some chairs become hot to sit on for long periods of time.
- Any medical needs for back pain or posture need specialist advice.
- Read online reviews to get feedback on popular models.
Something like this Spinalis chair from a company called "Back in Action" is probably one of the best chairs you can buy. Technology like this doesn't come cheap, and this example is a whopping £695 although it depends on the price you put on your health. However, most people can't afford this type of chair, so there are other options available from regular stores as well as specialised outlets.
It's best to avoid the cheap office chairs as they'll give you backache and not last very long!
One option is the so-called kneeling chair because you sit back to front. You need to choose wisely because some of these chairs are designed just for sitting for short periods of time. So if you want something where you're at your home office desk for perhaps a few hours, then the one pictured is for that purpose. Speak to the experts if you have any doubts.
So that's our rundown of the furniture and home office desks for your computer work you can choose. There are probably hundreds of other options on the market in all types so have a hunt around.