The Home Office

At the beginning of the pandemic working from home seemed an inviting novelty in some ways. I could stay in my pyjamas all day, snack constantly from the fridge and do a bit of gardening during my lunch break. That novelty soon wore off after the back pain set in from trying to work on my laptop while sitting on the sofa. When moving to the breakfast bar was no better, I realised I needed a dedicated work from home space; where my feet could touch the floor, I could have all my documents close to hand and not be constantly tripping over cables.

Invest in remote working

We all can see that working from home now looks more like a long term scenario for many staff who were previously office based. It has the benefit of saving money and time not having to endure a tiresome commute. Staff are more productive and apparently, work longer hours on average when working from home. It seems to make sense then, to invest in a dedicated work from home space right now. Deciding how to configure space in an intelligent way and think outside the box raises questions. Should I choose a standard desk, stand up desk or folding desk? How many drawers and cupboards are enough? What should be included to make the space ergonomic and practical? Here are some pointers to help guide you:

Cable grommets

Incorporate these into your desk to hide and manage cables. They come in a range of styles, shapes and sizes so you’ll need to measure up and plan for the number of cables you want to use them for.

Soft close hinges

Fit these to cupboard doors and make cabinetry last longer and reduce noise. No more banging and slamming cupboard doors while trying to conduct a virtual meeting!

Soft close drawer runners

Drawers will never be left ajar as they are self closing. Seriously clever and definitely a mark of quality. True, they may cost more, but the benefits are longevity and they feel so much nicer to use.

Locks for drawers and cupboards

Security may not always be the main issue, but give yourself peace of mind and consider fitting cylinder locks to cabinets and drawers, this will keep your personal and work related documents private and safer. 

Keyboard slides,CPU holder, Pen tray

All the accessories to keep organised and sane.

Good lighting

Although as much natural light as possible is preferable, ensuring you have good and sufficient lighting in your work space is essential, especially through these long winter days. 

Add a few plants

Apparently they help improve your homes' air quality, they also just look nice!

Ergonomic office chair

Be sure to add in a comfortable chair to be kind to your spine.

At Unico we stock a huge range of furniture fixtures and fittings suitable for creating amazing, bespoke work from home spaces. Please see our website for more details on handles, knobs, legs, castors and much more. You may even be interested in our range of glass cabinet fittings.

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