Whether you are working from home or want a dedicated space to work on personal projects, designing the perfect home office that works for you needs a few essential pieces. No matter your budget, there are a variety of options available to design the most productive space to fit your needs. We have compiled a few necessities that are the perfect starting point, leaving you with full creative freedom to design the office of your dreams!


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Ergonomic Furniture

Working in an office space can impact your physical health based on what chair you are sitting in and what desk you are working at. By designing the perfect home office, you can choose ergonomic furniture that works best for you and your physical needs. If you’re going to be sitting for long periods throughout the day, investing in a comfortable and supportive chair is integral. If you don’t want to buy a whole new chair, you can buy a back support piece that you can attach to any chair to mimic the support of an ergonomic chair. If you are in the market for a new desk, consider an adjustable height desk. By having the option of adjusting the height of your desk, you can work from a standing position and give your body the ability to move around more frequently while working. There are also options available to place on top of your existing desk that allows you to adjust the height of everything on top of your desk.


Quality Screen Viewing

If you are going to be staring at a computer screen for 8 hours, it is important to invest in a quality monitor. If you are new to working from home, investing in a new computer may be the best first step to take. If you are sticking with your trustworthy laptop, connecting it to a larger monitor will give you more visual space to work on your projects. Depending on your laptop capabilities and your workload, your choice of monitor will differ. For creative work, look for monitors that are a high definition quality with excellent colour accuracy, both of which are very important for graphic design and video and photo editing.


Adjustable Lighting

Good lighting is conducive to a productive work environment, so plan lighting wisely for your home office. If possible, choose a space in your home that has maximum access to natural lighting. If this isn’t possible for your home office design, try incorporating lighting that mimics the outdoor lighting. Also, depending on your task, lighting is integral. If you have more than one workspace within your office, it is a good idea to set up several light sources that can dictate the use of each space. You can also use smart lighting, like the Philips Hue bulbs, to adjust your lighting setup as needed to fit the task you are working on. The Philips system has different white light presets within their app, such as their specific reading light setup.


Wireless Connectivity

Going wireless is not only a concept for your WiFi. Keeping your office looking clean and decluttered can start with the removal of unnecessary wires and cords. Investing in a wireless keyboard and mouse will make your desk look a lot tidier, and can allow you to adjust your desk to make yourself more comfortable throughout your work day. You can also purchase a wireless printer that can be placed anywhere in the office space so it isn’t taking up space on your desk. Whether you are a Mac or PC user, both offer desktop systems that exist as a monitor and core unit as one. This will free up some desk or floor space to only the one item on your desk.

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