The Essentials of a Home Desk Set-up in 2023

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James Ritter | November 03, 2022


The pandemic has changed everything regarding how we work. Let’s face it: we are unlikely to return to the old ways in the coming year. This is good news for those who never enjoyed many city offices' busy commutes and frantic pace, but it comes with caveats. A corporate office usually has some ergonomic checks, but your home office won’t.


So, while working from home may seem like a more flexible choice to many, it’s important to consider the essentials of your home desk set-up. Below are our top tips for the best desk set-up in 2023:


Enough Space


While social media is strife with cute micro desk set-ups under stairs and in tiny nooks, you need to ensure that you have enough space for your work. A small setup can be good, but it depends on your type of job. Depending on what they do, workers will want, at minimum, a larger screen to work on long texts, intricate illustrations, or slide decks. If you’re working a lot offline, you’ll also want a large enough desk to hold the items you are working on comfortably, with nothing sliding off the sides or feeling cramped. If you have to work with a smaller space, utilising clever storage ideas is a must. This includes making the most of the wall space around you.


Good Wi-Fi


Nothing is more frustrating than working in your home yet taking twice as long to do anything because you keep waiting for internet pages to load. Old houses with thick brick walls often have problems carrying the Wi-Fi signal throughout. DIY-installing Wi-Fi extenders can be a great option. These tools are available in a range of budgets and sizes. You may also claim them as a business expense if you’re working for yourself, or your employer may reimburse you for their cost if they feel it’s a beneficial addition.


Ergonomics


We’ve noted this above, but ergonomics is just as important at home as in a corporate office. You’ll want a desk set up to the correct height and an adjustable office chair rather than the spare kitchen stool. Monitors should be at least an arm’s length away from your face, and your wrists should be straight with hands at elbow level or lower. Take plenty of breaks to get up and stretch or walk around and ensure you’re near a window for fresh air and sunlight.


Consider Your Priorities


With all being said and done, the perfect home office set-up may still not have you feeling productive. If that is the case, you might wish to consider whether remote work is proper for you after all. You may want to switch to either hybrid work or back to completely in-office if your current job has changed to permanent work from home. Remote working has changed the nature of a job hunt, but options are available for those who feel it isn’t for them.

James RitterFreelance Writer

James is a freelance writer interested in employee welfare and has created content for established companies worldwide. He has a degree in creative writing and is always eager to expand his knowledge around different subjects.

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