Five Vital Additions for Your New Home Office
So you’ve decided to work from home, and you’re looking to put together your home office. But what to put in it? What’s the priority?
Here at Tribus Homes, Toronto’s premiere custom home builders and home renovators, we’re hearing from a lot of people who are looking to convert part of their homes into a home office. We’re builders, but we still work to understand what’s going on with our customers’ homes. So we did a bit of research, and we’ve pulled together a list of the top priorities for your new home office.
People overlook this, but it is really important to focus on getting an ergonomic chair. You’re likely to be spending much of your workday in the chair, especially if you’re staying in your office to avoid the distractions of home (as we mentioned in our last article about home offices), and you’ll need a chair that keeps your back in good working order and the circulation flowing in your legs.
Regular household chairs (like a kitchen or dining room chair) may be comfortable at first, but they simply aren’t designed to hold you for long periods of time. They don’t have proper support for your lower back, the seat cushions may be inadequate, and the lack of adjustment could cut off circulation in your legs.
Instead, you should invest in a good ergonomic chair. IKEA has a good selection of ergonomic chairs, as do Office Depot and Staples, and there are some good options online (like the Ergochair 2 from Autonomous and a variety of chairs on Amazon).
One savvy option, though, is to reach out to a company that resells used corporate office furniture like ABCO Office Solutions. You can get an excellent Steelcase or Herman Miller chair for a fraction of the cost to get it sent new.
(Of course, if you can get a new Steelcase or Herman Miller chair, that’s definitely a great choice!)
Locked Filing Cabinet
This is another underrated addition. Even if you have excellent home security—and you should—a locked filing cabinet is still a smart choice for your paper documents. You may have family members venturing into your home office, or may even share your home office with your spouse and/or school-aged children. For both the security of your company and your own peace of mind, you should make sure to lock those documents away.
Good Adjustable Desk
Almost everyone has a desk at home, but there’s a world of difference between a standard desk and a good desk. Not only should it be well made, spacious and attractive, it should also be at a height where you can use your computer’s keyboard and mouse without putting your arms into awkward positions.
That’s why you may want to consider an adjustable desk, like the SmartDesk from Autonomous. The hottest trend in desks right now are desks with adjustable height. Not only will they work well with your ergonomic chair, but many will raise high enough to work as standing desks, which are well know as a healthy workplace option. That can give you the best of both worlds: you can stand when you’d prefer, and sit when you’re not comfortable with standing.
Quality Coffee Maker
This should be obvious, but if you’re staying home, you’re drinking coffee at home too. You should get a coffee maker that makes quality coffee, and that makes enough for everybody staying in and working from home. We personally like the Nespresso for making quality coffee and having a solid plan for recycling pods, but you can focus on whatever you prefer. Make sure you get a quality coffee maker, though; it’s probably going to get a lot of use!
Fire Safe Box and UPS
Finally, the fire safe box and UPS, and both of these options are about protection. Almost everybody will understand why they should have a fireproof safe in their home, and a second one in your office will help keep your work documents secured, separated and protected.
But a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) can be a good choice in some cases too. A UPS ensures that computers continue to operate even when the power is cut, and protect your computer against power spikes and drops. This may not be as necessary if you’re using a laptop—but if you’re using a desktop computer, a UPS will help ensure that you don’t lose documents or data in the event of a power outage or power surge.
A Comfortable Home Means Better Work
No matter what choices you make, when you’re working from home, you’re going to want a home that you feel comfortable spending time in. Whether that involves a home renovation, or possibly moving to a new custom home that better suits your needs, Tribus Homes will be able to help you every step of the way. So reach out via our contact page, or by giving us a call at (416) 645-056 and book a consultation. Make the appointment, and we’ll work with you to build a home that you can proudly live in, sleep in, play in…and even work in!