The Modern Home Office

Today’s home office isn’t the cluttered catch-all that they used to be. Home offices are now becoming primary offices for more than just solopreneurs. According to Forbes 5.2% of Americans worked from home at least 50% of the time. That means that of the current 327.5 million Americans 17,014,400 worked from home part time or more last year.

Just having a flat surface and any old chair isn’t going to cut it anymore. If you work from home at all you need to have a more ergonomic set up so that you’re not causing undue fatigue or stress on your body. Not to mention if you have the proper at home set up, you’re more likely to be productive, as you won’t be constantly trying to either find that “one paper I could have sworn was right here when I was working last” or trying to find just the perfect position to be sitting in to keep yourself comfortable.

Here are some fantastic (and fun) options that can help you create the perfect home office.

Standing desks:

Not only is this going to keep your body moving as you transition from sitting to standing, but this can help reduce back pain and help keep you focused and motivated.

This desk can have multiple settings, so you can find the perfect height for you, your significant other or anyone else that may use your desk if you must share.

You can get beautiful finishes, or functional surfaces, this comes in a ton of different options, my favorites include, this model that allows you to have a live edge hardwood top that really creates a statement piece in your office.

In the standard finishes I love the walnut and the dry-erase white. Having a dry erase desk is great for taking quick notes while you’re on the phone without using any paper while the walnut helps the desk blend as part of your furniture if you don’t have a dedicated room for your desk.

If you already have a great desk, you can always purchase a standing desk converter that would sit on top of your current desk and make it so you can transition from sitting to standing without having to purchase a whole new desk. Like this option here:

Chairs:

When you’re sitting you need to ensure you’re keeping the correct posture. A few different things to look for when purchasing a desk chair:

When it comes to chairs adjustable is the name of the game. You want to make sure that you have the ability to customize each of the following to fit your body:

  • Seat Height/tilt
  • Seat placement (front to back) which is especially good for tall people with extra-long legs
  • Arm rests
  • Lumbar support
  • The amount of tension the back has (how much will the back bounce as you sit)

These are just the minimum options for adjustability you should be looking for. Always try out your chair before you by if at all possible, your back and posture will thank you for it!

Fun add-ons

Full disclosure, some of these I personally would never use, but they sure are fun!

How often do you wish you could take a nap under your desk? With this hammock you could! Or this desk treadmill: for the person who just doesn’t have the time to go to the gym.