Today’s home office isn’t the cluttered catch-all that it used to be. Home offices are now becoming primary offices for more than just solopreneurs. According to Forbes, 5.2% of Americans work from home at least 50% of the time. That means that over 17 million Americans worked from home part time or more last year.
Just having a flat surface and any old chair doesn’t cut it anymore. If you work from home at all, you need to have an ergonomically correct set up so that you’re not causing undue fatigue or stress on your body. Additionally if you have the work space, you’re more likely to be productive. With the right set up and organizational systems you won’t be spending time trying to get comfortable or looking for things you need.
Here are some fantastic (and fun) options that can help you create the perfect home office.
A standing desk will keep your body moving as you transition from sitting to standing, but this can help reduce back pain and 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.
Standing desks come with a lot of different options including beautiful finishes, and functional surfaces. My favorites include, this model that allows you to have a live edge hardwood top that 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 desk, you can always purchase a standing desk converter that sits on top of your current desk to make it so you can transition from sitting to standing easily. Like this option here:
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 important for tall people
- 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. Always try out your chair before you buy. Your back and posture will thank you for it!
Full disclosure: some of these I would personally 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.