Chair Crazy: How To Set Up Your Workspace With Ease
Let’s put style aside for one minute. (Gasp.) If we’re going to be working from home for the long haul, then let’s make sure we’re, first and foremost, comfortable while we do it. The team from Chair Crazy share some advice to help us set up a comfy home workspace with ease.
CHOOSING A LOCATION
First of all, consider the space that you have. Not all of us are blessed with an extra room for a home office, but you can still work wonders to the corner of your living room, the length of your hallway or the space at the end of your bed. Play around with furniture arrangement to make more space, and try and locate a work spot by a window or glass-panelled doors for natural light. Speaking of which…
HOW TO CHOOSE A DESK
Here are some useful questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking of buying a desk:
• What’s the best shape of desk based on the space that you have, and the number of people working at it? Is it a rectangular desk, a corner desk, a longer but slimmer console desk?
• How much usable surface area do you (and your work partner) require? Consider how much space your computer(s), monitor(s), printer and other equipment requires, plus accessories such as filing trays and pen holders.
• How tall are you? Most desks have a standard height of between 74cm and 76cm which works well for people who are up to 6 feet tall.
• Do you want a pull-out keyboard shelf?
• Do you require storage and if so, how much?
• If you want drawers, which side of the desk would you prefer them on?
HOW TO CHOOSE A CHAIR
Dining chairs can be sufficient, but they’re ultimately not designed to be sat on for long periods. It’s worth investing in an ergonomic office chair with lumbar support, a padded seat that swivels, and adjustment controls. Your body will thank you for it.
For the ultimate office chair, take your cue from gamers. While we don’t advocate sitting all day, a chair with a headrest and high back that cradles your spine and prevents fatigue, certainly makes working from home easier.
EXTRAS TO MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE
Position your monitor so that it is centred in front of you with the top of the screen at or just below eye level to ensure you don’t strain your neck, shoulders and back.
Get comfy and look after yourselves.
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