The Essentials of a Home Desk Set-up

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James Ritter | November 03, 2022

Remote work transformed how we approach our workspaces, eliminating the need for busy commutes and fast-paced city office environments. However, transitioning to a home office setup comes with its own challenges, particularly regarding ergonomics and functionality.

Whether you're new to remote work or looking to optimize your current setup, here are four essential tips for creating the best home desk setup.

4 Tips for the Best Home Desk Setup

1. Allocate Enough Space

While social media is strife with cute micro desk set-ups under stairs and in tiny nooks, you must ensure enough workspace. 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. Utilizing clever storage ideas is necessary to work with a smaller space. This includes making the most of the wall space around you.

2. Ensure Reliable 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.

3. Prioritize Ergonomics

We’ve noted this above, but ergonomics is 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.

4. Assess Your Work Preferences

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 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.

By implementing these tips, you can create a home desk setup that fosters productivity and comfort, ultimately enhancing your remote work experience.

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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