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Setting Up a Home Office

A lot of careful planning goes into designing offices that can support the needs of a company. Ideally, an office provides employees with convenient access to everything they need to work efficiently and offers a comfortable, engaging environment to spend time in. But what happens when people suddenly lose access to those types of spaces?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of office workers have found themselves displaced after being told to work from home. Suddenly, conference calls and video chats have replaced meetings in the conference room and people are struggling to find an ideal way to work effectively in their homes.

Everyone has their own unique challenges in working from home at a time like this. Many people are trying to balance working with taking care of kids who are home from school. Others are working out ways to share spaces with spouses who are also working from home. And very commonly, people are dealing with furniture-related issues like trying to work at smaller desks than they’re used to or finding comfortable seating. 

For people who don’t typically spend much time working from home, creating a home office simply might not have been a priority until recently. Working on the living room couch might be fine on a snow day, but it’s important to find a good long-term solution when you’ll be working from home for an extended amount of time.

Setting up a comfortable workstation in your home doesn’t necessarily have to mean buying a lot of new furniture. Just a few additions can go a long way in making it easier for you to be productive. Not sure where to begin? Try thinking about these things.

Modern desk in corner of room with large window overlooking outside

Ergonomic Support

Even while working at home, ergonomics are still importantMusculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome can happen just as easily at home as they can in the office and residential furniture often isn’t designed with work in mind. An ergonomic desk chair will provide you with the support you need as you move around while working.

Hand plugging in phone charger into desktop powerstip

Power Access & Cable Management

Access to power is a very common problem people run into while setting up a home office. Sometimes, the most comfortable place to work doesn’t have many outlets or people aren’t able to plug their device into an outlet without unplugging something else. If this is a problem you’re dealing with, powerstrips and cable management tools can help you stay connected and organized.

Office desk area with computer chair and other office accessories

Creating Boundaries

For those who are sharing a space with someone while working from home, it can be nice to have a space that feels more like your own. Something as simple as a desk mat, like the SOTO Desk Pad, creates a boundary by adding a bit of definition for your workstation.

Office desk area with monitor riser on desk

Changes of Posture

At a time like this, it’s more important than ever to make sure you take care of yourself. In addition to doing things like washing your hands, remember to move around and change your posture throughout the day. Desk risers, such as Active Lift Risersmake it easy to transition between seated and standing positions. Adding an ottoman or footrest by your workstation can also make it easier for you to stay comfortable throughout the day.

Desk organizers on desk with books and papers

Workstation Organization

No matter where you’re working, staying organized can help you be your most productive. Try adding some desk organizers to your workstation to make sure everything you need is within reach, like papers, office supplies, and snacks.

Looking for a convenient way to start your home office? Steelcase offers a Home Office Package, which includes a Steelcase Series 1 chair, Steelcase Power Strip Plus, and an antimicrobial SOTO Desk Pad. While this is a great starter bundle, everyone has different needs. Browse the products on Steelcase Store to get more ideas about how to make a home office that perfectly suits your needs. With our 15% off sale, it’s easy to get exactly what you need. 

Additional Resources for Remote Work from Steelcase.com

Suddenly Working Remotely?

Work from Home Boundaries You Need to Adopt

Working from Home: Real Life Lessons

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