Back To Work
Yeah we know, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. To ease your pain a little we put together an Office Buying Guide to help you be more productive in your home or at the office this new year :)
Measure the space. Home office furniture varies widely in scale, so the first step anyone should take is to measure the room, or the space within a multi-function room, it will be placed in. Don’t forget to measure the doorways. Many furniture returns are made because the furniture can’t be moved into its intended room. To make it easy we can help you with your room planning.
Power and Connectivity. Next, consider whether or not there are outlets, phone jacks, or internet ports access in the immediate area and plan your furniture placement accordingly. You will save yourself a lot of frustration if you plan for these necessities in advance. Attention to this detail will also allow you to line up power strips, battery backups and the like before you put the furniture in place. Otherwise you may end up doing a contortionist act to plug in your computer :)
Work style. Are you the organized and efficient type who prefers to work in a space that keeps everything in its place? Then you might do well with a tidy computer armoire with storage capacity and compartments, but not a lot of counter space. Or perhaps you like to spread things out to get the big picture. If this is your work style you might be better served with a full desk and a return.
Capacity. What equipment do you use in your home office? Is your computer a laptop or a tower? Is your printer a compact inkjet or a hefty laser printer? Take inventory of your equipment before you go shopping so that you can find the furniture to house it all. It’s also a good idea to measure your equipment in advance. Computer hardware and peripherals have gotten smaller and smaller with each new model. So if, for example, your printer is more than a couple of years old, it’s probably bigger than newer models on the market, and it may not fit into a printer cubby on a new computer armoire.
We all need a space to sit down, pay the bills and check e-mail. But some of us do much more in our home offices. Workspaces can be customized to fit your work style and available space.
A desk is what we immediately think of when we conceive of a home office. At its most basic, it offers a broad level surface on which to work. No matter the style, a desk’s functionality can be increased with the addition of other components.
A hutch sits on top of a desk, against a wall, for additional storage. Open shelves or cabinet doors usually frame the space around a computer monitor. A hutch with built-in lighting should shed light on the task at hand without aggravating computer screen glare. In addition to added storage, a hutch can bring character to your home office.
Home office wall systems are a great option when you have a lot to organize or want to make a dramatic statement. Desk, hutch, and return can be combined with bookshelves, cabinets, and lateral files for great functionality and good looks.
While you are furnishing your home office, don’t forget to pick up an office chair. If you spend a lot of time on the computer at home, be sure that the chair fits your body as well as your style. There are two primary categories of office seating: executive chair and task chair. Stop in to see us for some great options from BDi and Stressless.
Executive chairs are larger in scale and have arms that are usually attached to the seat and the back. While the height of an executive chair is often adjustable, the back is not. Executive chairs also frequently incorporate tilt features. A column tilt pivots the back and seat from the middle of the seat. A knee tilt pivots the back and seat from a point closer to the front of the chair; a knee tilt leans back farther than a column tilt while keeping the knees in relatively the same position.
Task chairs are generally smaller in scale and consist of a seat and back; armrests are optional and, when present, are usually connected to the seat only. The height of the seat and the back are often adjustable on task chairs. Task chairs may or may not tilt.
Stop in to one of our locations and speak to one of our talented designers about putting together your perfect office. Here is to a productive 2019!
Read our full “Home Office Buying Guide” Here.