Setting up a work environment isn’t easy, and there’s a balance between investing in your future and trying to save on costs. By getting durable, future-proof equipment and furniture, you can ensure your home office space remains productive and useful for however long you’ll need it. The most important thing when choosing items for this space is range. You need to make sure you have seen a range of options before deciding, as a comparison later could show you a better alternative.
With that in mind, here are the key areas to think about when designing a home office, and the best places to visit to see a range of specifications.
The Computer – The Heart of Your Desk
When you sit down to work, you’ll need a computer to work on. It’s got to be capable and fast, and preferably able to multitask well. Not to mention, it must have a stable internet connection that doesn’t need cables intruding on the desk. Cables can cause more problems than needed, and with advanced laptop technology, your best solution might be a powerful laptop, instead of a desktop PC.
Processors, storage, RAM, and graphics have all developed exponentially in computing, and the latest laptops allow you to configure how much of each you need. This makes the system bespoke, built to specification, and as powerful as a desktop. To see a huge range of laptop models, that in turn can be fitted with your chosen range of components, see the “Build Your PC” option on these L Series ThinkPads from lenovo.com.
Modular Desks – Things Change
Your desk space itself has multiple requirements since this is for an office space. Normally, a standing desk might do, but the extra storage that drawers and shelves provide is vital for home offices. This balance means you preferably want something modular.
The leader in modular furniture is IKEA, the Swedish furniture company. That allows you to assemble the furniture (if you choose) sometimes to multiple configurations. From choosing how wide the shelves are to how high the desk is to where the power cable holes go, the range of customization is what’s key, and encourages you to tweak and work on your space after the initial set-up. It can be tempting to get a huge, static corner desk, but these days, the ideas of reusability, portability, and value are more important than the hulking hardwood desks of days gone by.
However, combining a functional IKEA set-up with your current style of furniture can result in some great home offices that bring your personal and professional life together. It’s all about that variety of options. Find the one that speaks to you.
Peripherals to Remember
It can be easy to get carried away planning for a desk, a computer, storage, and all those keystone pillars of a home office. However, there are smaller, subtler items that need consideration, and you should keep a checklist of the following, to ensure they are accounted for:
- Trash Cans. It’s a requirement for space with papers, lunchtime snacks, and more. Getting something big enough to last a few days but small enough to hide away somewhere is one option. Or, make the can a statement in itself with a smart bin that doesn’t need to be hidden
- Fans/Temperature. We have seen record temperatures across the world this year, and preparations for the inevitable lows of winter. Your office space needs to be positioned to endure both. Preferably, your AC and heating will account for that. But if not, you need to be thinking of how your office space will react to extreme temperatures. You want to be comfortable in this space.
- Lighting. The room itself will of course have the main light source but work at a desk benefits from specific strips. That negate the shadows cast from the main room. By having small lights or a lamp shining from within the desk, or alongside it. You remove any chance of shade on your work.