Home Office Essentials
Setting up an office in your own home can be a little daunting.
With so many products to choose from (and endless reviews to read through), the task can become a major headache.
So today, I will be going over all of what I consider to be home office essentials.
Now, of course, we won’t be able to cover absolutely everything you need, as everyone’s needs will be different, depending on what their office is used for, but I will be covering the basics of what you need to build your own little workspace.
Is there a separate room for setting up your home office? or do you need to provide combined usability in one of your rooms?
If there is no private room available and the living room or bedroom has to be equipped with an office corner, the use of a room divider can be used to separate the various functional areas within the room. For example, flexibly adjustable paravents, fixed shelves or space-saving surface curtains can achieve such a room division.
If you select an open shelf as a room divider (as long as it has sufficient depth), it can be used to store folders, books, and other work equipment on the home office page as well as to present the private CD or book collection.
The main feature of your office will, of course, be a desk.
It is where you will be doing most (if not all) of your work and will be home to most of your home office essentials.
There are many types of office desk to choose from.
From corner desks to standing desks, it is essential that you find the right desk for your needs.
Unless you decide to go for a standing desk, you will be needing an office chair.
Since you will be spending a lot of time sitting in your chair, it is important that you find one that is comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.
I highly recommend that you don’t just buy the cheapest chair you find as your back will regret it later.
I suggest that you invest in a suitable ergonomic chair with lumbar support and adjustable height.
The next thing you will need is somewhere to store all of your supplies and paperwork.
Depending on the type of desk you buy, you may not need to buy additional storage as some desks come with cabinets and drawers.
If your desk doesn’t come with these features, don’t worry.
You can find many different types of storage units on the market that will look perfect in any office.
Unless you only deal with paperwork, you will need a computer to work on.
This could be a desktop PC, Apple Mac or even a laptop, it all depends on your needs.
For instance, if you are a writer then you may only need a cheap laptop, however, if you are a graphic designer, then a desktop PC could be a better choice for you.
Monitor (If Using A Desktop Computer)
If you have chosen to go for a desktop PC then you will need a monitor for it.
Once again, this comes down to specific needs.
Most people can work well using a simple 21-inch display, while other people may need a multiple monitor setup.
Choosing the right mouse for your computer does not need to be complicated.
All you really need is one that is durable and fits well in your hand.
Since typing in something that pretty much every home worker needs to do, you will have to invest in a high-quality keyboard.
I decent, ergonomic keyboard can help you keep typing away for hours on end, without damaging your wrists.
Need to have paper-based copies of those reports that you have been working on for hours? Then you will need a printer.
There are a few different options you can go for here, but I personally recommend that you get an all-in-one printer that comes with scanning and copying capabilities.
Not only are these features a ‘must-have’ in any office, but it also saves money and space in the office.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
The worst thing that has happened to me in the past is the time when I spent a few hours typing up a 10,000-word article for a client and forgot to save it before we experienced a power cut.
If I had a UPS then this would not have been a problem as a UPS supplies you with enough power to give you time to save all of your work and shut down your computer.
Need to dispose of some sensitive documents?
You will need a paper shredder.
This handy device will shed multiple letter and documents into tiny pieces so that you can be sure that nobody will ever be able to read them.
The more powerful shredders can even shred credit cards.
Suitable lighting is very important for your home office and there are multiple things to think about when lighting up your workspace.
Does your office let in any natural light?
If not, then a soft, warm ambient light may be the choice for you.
Do you need to be more focused and alert?
Cool, white lighting will do the trick.
Do you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
You may consider buying a lightbox.
Whatever computer you decided to get, it should already come with some free software installed (such as Microsofts Wordpad).
However, you may find that the pre-installed apps are lacking in essential functions.
In this case, it would be wise to invest a little money into buying specialized office software
When I work, I like to have some ambient noises or soft music playing to keep me focused.
To help this I invested in some high-quality speakers.
It should also go without saying, that if you work with audio and video, then a decent set of speakers are a must-have.
Some good quality headphones can not only provide you the same benefits as speakers but also help on those late nights when your family is asleep and you are stuck in your office.
I highly recommend some ‘open-back’ headphones as they will let some of the outside noise in, so you are not shut off from the world.
It should go without saying, that you need to back up your files on a regular basis.
There is nothing worse than your hard drive failing and losing all of your work.
These days, there are a few different options you can opt for.
You can buy an external hard drive that you can simply plug into your computer and keep backups on.
You can even backup your files over the internet using ‘cloud storage’.
Either of these options is good and will make sure that you never lose your or your clients work ever again.