Home office ideas
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Working from home the new normal? Our home office ideas are here to help you create a workspace that inspires creativity, as well as helps you stay happy and healthy at home.
There are a few key decisions to make when choosing a desk and the options below should help you to narrow down your selection.
Setup your desk
Looking for the perfect home office desk? Here are a few ideas to help you decide.
- If you have lots of equipment, a wide office desk will help to keep your things organised.
- Go for a small desk if you're short on space.
- Want storage? Pick a desk with drawers. Corner desks are ideal if you want the best of both- save space and have extra storage.
- Not to forget the looks. Wooden desks or those with a wood effect are a classic choice. Go for metal or glass for a sleek and sophisticated feel.
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Here are a few things to remember while picking an office chair for your home.
- If you work long hours, there's no beating the convenience of a chair with an adjustable height option. Also, look out for armrests and a high back. It helps reduce strain on your shoulders and back to keep you comfy all day.
- A chair with a swivel gives max comfort by allowing flexible movement. For this reason, it makes for a great gaming chair too.
- If you don't need to be in front of your desk for long, feel free to pick a chair that marries style with comfort. Sleek and glam? Or a pop of your favorite color? Choose what you like.
What is ergonomic furniture?
Ergonomic furniture is designed to provide comfort and support. They can help to reduce the risk of numerous health issues, such as arthritis, joint pain, musculoskeletal problems, and poor blood pressure, to name a few. Here are some of the key features that can help you sit comfortably:
- Adjustable heights - allows you to customise furniture to make it comfortable for you, maintaining the correct posture by keeping your back straight and legs at the correct angle, as well as reducing the risk of joint pain and stiffness.
- Fabrics that regulate temperature - helping to keep your body at a regular temperature.
- 180 degree adjustable chair arms - to mimic your arm movement.
- Keyboard and mouse supports - these support your wrists and help to reduce the risk of developing conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ergonomic office chairs
Most office chairs have some level of adjustability – usually allowing you to change the height, tilt and arm rests.
These ergonomic features are ideal if you're sat at a desk for several hours a day. They provide a level of comfort and support that helps to reduce stress, therefore increasing productivity and efficiency.
Ergonomic office desks
An ergonomic office desk is one that allows you to remain comfortable whilst using it for longer periods of time.
This can also refer to sit-stand or standing desks, that help to alleviate the health risks you may encounter from prolonged sitting.
Ergonomic office accessories
Having the right computer accessories can help to keep your hands and wrists comfortable whilst working for long periods of time. They can help reduce the risk of health issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other accessories, such as footrests under your desk, can also help to maintain an ideal posture to prevent any aches or pains.
What’s the correct posture for sitting at a desk?
- Your eyes should be level with the top of your computer monitor.
- Your back and neck should not be bent or hunched.
- Your shoulders should feel relaxed.
- Your hips and knees should be at a 90° angle and feet firmly on the floor.
- Your wrists shouldn’t be bent and your arms should sit on the armrests.
With an adjustable office chair you can change the width, height and tilt to suit your needs. As well as sitting in the correct position, it’s important to take regular breaks and move around, so you're sitting in an office chair for long periods of time.
You could even consider a standing desk, which allows you to work on your feet, as well as sitting down.
8 top WFH tips
- Take regular screen breaks to give your eyes a rest.
- Stretch your legs a few times a day, including a walk outside.
- Throw the curtains and windows open for some fresh air and sunlight.
- Keep your desk tidy and clutter-free.
- Stay hydrated by keeping a drink at your side all day.
- Stay active with some indoor exercise - anyone for chair yoga?
- Create a harmonious atmosphere with soothing scents and faux plants.
- Arrange social events with colleagues, like a virtual coffee break or quiz.
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