Whether you have tons of space or a small corner of the house, it is important to choose every item in your home office carefully. Clutter just complicates things. To keep your mind focused during office hours, make sure you have all the important office essentials to hand and get rid of anything surplus to requirements. So, with this in mind, what are the essential items for a comfortable and effective home office space? Obviously, you wouldn’t get very far without your computer/laptop, keyboard and mouse, but here, we summarise some of the amazing additional products that we think are a must.
1. Height Adjustable Standing Desk
Arguably the most important part of any home office - a desk! Choosing a suitable desk is key as this is likely to be the central point for most of your remote work. Research has highlighted the negative impact that prolonged periods of sitting can have on your health and wellbeing. This is why many home workers are investing in a height-adjustable standing desk, to enable them to change their work position frequently throughout the day. With so many to choose from, you will have to consider what is important to you. Are you happy to manually adjust your desk or do you want one that can be moved at the touch of a button? What is your budget like? Check out Flexispot’s range of height-adjustable desks for inspiration.
2. Ergonomic Office Chair
An office chair should be ergonomically designed, ensuring that it provides the correct support throughout the day. Research your options carefully, taking into account areas of your body where you need the most support. Look for an ergonomic office chair that provides good lumbar support, adjustable height, armrests and a swivel base. Flexispot has a fantastic range of ergonomically designed office chairs, check them out here!
3. Monitor Mount
Is the stand that came with your monitor rubbish? Don’t worry, you are not alone! The good news is that you can easily replace this stand with an ergonomically designed monitor mount. If you choose one that is VESA compatible it will be super easy to set up. Using a monitor mount can help to alleviate neck and shoulder pain and free up some space on your desk. With a great range of monitor mounts available at Flexispot, you are sure to find the right one for your home office.
4. Storage Solutions
Don’t overlook the importance of good storage solutions in your home office. The right storage can keep your space clean, tidy and efficient. Choose solutions that keep your important items close to hand and easily accessible.
5. Anti-Fatigue Mat
An anti-fatigue mat helps to reduce fatigue and achiness in the back, legs and feet by redistributing body weight and encouraging micro-movements to keep the muscles working and blood flowing. The right anti-fatigue mat for your home flooring is likely to be different to the one needed on industrial office flooring, so consider this when making your choice. Flexispot’s anti-fatigue mat is easy to clean, anti-skid and suitable for use in the home office.
6. Laptop Stand
Long gone are the days of sitting hunched over your laptop, ending with a sore back and shoulders. If you are working from home on a laptop, then you need to invest in a suitable laptop stand to make sure you maintain good posture throughout the day. You need a stand that will raise your laptop comfortably to eye level, to keep you in a healthy, upright position.
7. A Desk Organiser
A desk organiser helps to keep your desk neat and tidy, providing somewhere to store your key items. Most desk organisers are multi-functional, typically containing a pen holder and letter tray. Opt for a colourful or patterned organiser to inject a bit of fun into your office environment.
8. Some Cute Office Stationery
Fill up your new desk organiser with some cute office stationery! Use this opportunity to add some personality and a splash of colour to your space.
9. A Coffee Machine
Coffee. For most workers, this is arguably more essential than their desk! What better addition to your home office than a brand spanking new coffee machine? Go on treat yourself! Take the money that you have saved on your daily trip to the coffee shop on your way to the office and invest in a good coffee machine. Become your own barista and enjoy a fancy coffee while still in your pyjamas!
Complete your home office with some stylish and easy to maintain house plants. Indoor plants can help to brighten up your office space, bringing the outside in and lifting your mood in the process. What's more, they can also help to purify the air, enhancing both your physical and mental wellbeing. While every workspace can benefit from a plant, be sure to choose one that is suitable for your environment and that doesn’t need watering too often!
You and your home office are going to be spending a lot of time together, so take the time to kit it out properly. These 10 essentials are a great place to start, but think about what is important to you and make your space as personal as possible.