More and more people are now choosing to work at home for different reasons. This kind of setup is called SOHO or small office home office, and unlike traditional work office setting, it gives one the luxury to have their business or work within their own home. However, for a home office to be conducive for working and conducting business, it should not only look and feel like regular a workplace, but also have the comfort and vibe of a home that will keep you productive and inspired. One of the most important aspects in SOHO is getting the right home office desk. This entry of Dual Monitors Guide talks about home office desk and how you can get the best one for you.
We all have different preferences and needs when it comes to comfort. This is why SOHOs can be different from one person to another. Getting the right desk is crucial, if the desk is too large, it can’t fit well into your work area, which may affect comfort and ultimately, your productivity. It the desk is too small, then you will risk working in a cramped environment, causing clutter, and obviously, your efficiency and productivity.
Choosing the Right SOHO Desk
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There are literally thousands of different types of office desks out there, manufactured by hundreds of different companies. They range from super executive models which often cost thousands of dollars, to affordable and even DIY alternatives. So how will you narrow your search? Here are some great tips:
On Choosing Home Office Furniture
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Before we get into your home office desk and its details, it’s important to see the whole picture, which is each and every piece of your home office furniture. Your furniture plays a big role in your home office, they can affect your comfort, functionality and efficiency. Thus, you should think about the nature of your work and plan your office setting and workstation setup accordingly.
On choosing home office furniture, you need to put a strong emphasis on mobility and adaptability, and of course, your home office’s overall décor for you to stay motivated to work.
Make a list of furniture you need in your office. From here, you can plan your office space accordingly, and only purchase the things you will really need. Of course, you should definitely purchase furniture for its proper function, and choose those that will make your life easier and more comfortable.
On Choosing Home Office Desk
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Your home office desk, along with your chair, is perhaps the two most important pieces of furniture in your home office. They both not just set the theme in your workstation’s efficiency and functionality, but more importantly, plays a big role in your comfort and ergonomics. But with countless of options out there, choosing a home office desk can be mind-boggling. Before you pull out your wallet, whip out your credit card, or write a check, here are the questions you should ask yourself:
How Much Space Do You Have In Your Work Room?
One of the biggest mistakes most people commit in choosing an office desk is underestimating or overestimating the amount of space they truly have in their small office home office. Of course, an empty home office looks huge, until you put your desk and chair in it. Thus, when shopping for a desk and a chair to pair with, consider the amount of space you have in your area. Consider doorways and windows. If there’s a view out a window you want to see, then consider the position of your desk in relevance to that window and the space available, along with other home office furniture you want to get in the future.
Share Your Space?
When choosing office furniture, especially office desk, take your house and your family into account. Will you share your workroom with your husband or wife? Would you want that room to be a multifunctional room for you and your family? If yes, then try to choose more multifunctional pieces. A big table that can hold the printer and other workstation peripherals can add a lot of work space.
How Much Time Per Day You Spend In Your Home Office?
This part is very important for one simple reason – comfort. If you only spend 30 minutes of your day in your home office to check emails and your different social media accounts, then a stylish desk and chair may win it out over an elaborate setup. However, if you spend most of your time, say 7 to 10 hours a day in front of your computer, then you definitely need a more comfortable and ergonomic setup.
What’s Your Budget?
Like in any other furniture in any other places in your house, you can spend a small amount of money or you can spend hundreds, up to thousands of dollars for an office desk. Do your homework and search online for home décor ideas, and check out magazines for home office furniture to get inspiration and a good idea of pricing.
What is Your Style?
Minimalist, ultra-contemporary or antique-style are just three of the many styles you can have for your home office. No matter what you choose though, always put comfort and functionality before style. Antique may look gorgeous, but most often than not, they lack the flexibility and mobility, compromising your comfort. Modern office chairs on the other hand, comes with better ergonomics and adjustability, which equates to better comfort. But they may look too futuristic in a traditional home. At the end of the day, you will have to decide which one would you prioritize; aesthetics or comfort? With enough research however, you can find the sweet spot between the two.
What to Look for In a Home Office Desk
The Single Most Important Thing to Look For
Despite of hundreds, if not thousands of desks to choose from out there, choosing the right one for you specific needs can be simplified to one thing – space, lots of flat and clear space. Look into any modern office and you will see how they have simplified things by putting less furniture and equipment and having more flat space, without any obstructions. When looking for home workstation desks, many people forget the fact that they will be using their desk along with their computer, keyboard, mouse, modem, printer, scanner, and other important workstation peripherals. What may look like a huge and spacious desk will quickly look small once you put all the stuff you needed in your workstation. All that will be left are clutters of wires, paper, and bunch of stuff, leaving no room, even for a cup of coffee.
Do yourself a favor and don’t get those two tier desks with 3 shelf, 5 drawers and built-in keyboard tray. Having all these stuff will cost you to spend most of your time looking for lost stuff, as they all get cramped and mixed together.
A 50 in x 30 in office desk will ideal, as it can give you enough space for your computer and all required peripherals, and still leave you with a lot of space to put you notebook, documents, and gadget close to hand. Choose flat working surface and you will be fine. It’s also can big enough for dual monitor or even triple monitor setup, depending on the size of your monitors.
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Check for leg room clearance, this is important for ergonomics. The ideal position is to have your feet flat on the floor. Also, make sure you choose a desk well-design for less stress on your wrist and arms. The best way to do this is to choose the height of the desk. Get a good office chair and make sure the height of the desk surface is at the same level with your hand when you bend your elbow at 90°. Or better yet, choose adjustable height standing desks or sit-stand desks. These types of desks will give you the best of both worlds, as you can stand and stay as active as possible at work, and sit for comfort.
You don’t have to spend a fortune just to get a good quality home office desk. Choosing a desk is more than just a personal preference. It’s a matter of choosing carefully. Don’t just settle for something that looks good. Again, always put functionality and comfort first.
Body and What Is Comfortable for You
Comfortable workstation means a workstation with furniture and equipment that fits nicely to your body’s specific needs. For average height and shorter individuals, chairs and desks that are too high, fixed non-adjustable can be very uncomfortable to work with. The high level of desk surface can put a lot of stress to the shoulders, while high chair level can cause feet dangling. Conversely, taller individuals need to find well-proportioned desk and chair for comfort and optimum ergonomics.
Always remember that the office desk you choose should provide functionality and comfort, along with other necessary adjustability to keep your body in good and comfortable working position.
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