Be sure to consider comfort and ergonomics. The wrong office desk and office chair can make you and your employees susceptible to ergonomic disorders such as backache, headaches, eyestrain and other irritations and inconveniences. Fatigue, loss of concentration, and irritability can also be attributed to the use of the wrong office furniture.
To help you set up your office here you’ll find some helpful tips and useful advice about what you need to consider, how to make the most of the space, and what office supplies you will need to make your office complete.
Before you buy any furniture you need to consider how much space you have and how much spare space you will need. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your office then you don’t want it to be too cluttered because it may feel claustrophobic. For those who have a very small office or have a home office, you might want to buy a work station rather than a desk as these generally include space for a PC, monitor, printer, scanner, set of drawers and shelves. Another important consideration is how much paperwork you are going to have lying around because if you are working full-time from home and are probably going to need to invest in a filing cabinet and suspension files to keep your paperwork tidy and organised.
Other purchases you must make for your home office include a comfortable office chair, a computer, printer, fax machine, telephone, scanner and if necessary drawers, a bookcase, and shelves. There are many different types of office chairs to choose from, such as large black leather executive chairs, office chairs on wheels, and ergonomic office chairs, while the choice of computers and printers can be just as overwhelming. If your work involves a lot of traveling then it may be best to buy a laptop computer or if you are purely office based a standard PC would perhaps be best. You may also consider investing in a monitor stand or even a laptop riser to make working more comfortable. Also if you mainly print colour charts, photos and illustrations you may want to invest in a colour laser print, while if you mainly print text documents an inkjet printer may be best.
Once you have got your workstation set up then there are a few desktop accessories you may want to buy to make your home office complete. The main extras you’ll need are stationery items such as paper clips, paper, notepads, Post-it notes, pens, pencil, correction fluid, stapler and staples, files, and a hole-punch. But there are other things you may want to buy to make your home office feel more comfortable, and these include a cushion, foot rest, wrist rest, a visor and a desk lamp to improve posture and visibility while sitting at your home office desk all day.