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The pandemic is over, but the work from home concept remains! Setting up a workstation at home in 2023 will be as trending as in the past few years. Ommik provides all the possible details and helps to make your home office workstation as comfortable as possible. Let’s start off with the ultimate checklist for setting up a workstation at home!
Checklist for setting up a workstation
The very first step is always about finding the right space at home for your home office setup. Many prefer a space in the bedroom, but my personal recommendation is to leave the bedroom alone and keep it only for sleeping. Find a nice nook or corner in the living room instead.
Light is important. Light is life. Even if you live in northern Europe, where the lack of natural light could make you depressed, we find our own tricks to lighten the spaces up.
First, if your interior allows you, setting up a workstation right next to the window would be the best option. The best would be if you are facing the window while working at the desk.
If you don’t have such privilege as a space around window, you can fix the lack of light with the proper lighting. A desk lamp is necessary. Make sure the desk lamp doesn’t reveal the lightbulb, so that you won’t be blinded by the direct light. Instead, look for a lamp that hides the lightbulb, but still makes a nice warm color.
Strong and stable WiFi signal
If you work online, this is crucial. Make sure you invest in a good, strong, and stable WiFi connection. If you are setting up a workstation next to the router, you are all set.
Now, furniture is the core and the heart of the workstation. You can list your own wishes and requirements before choosing the desk and the chair. Do you want to work standing from time to time (it is extremely healthy, by the way)? Do you want to have a space at the desk to have snacks? Do you want to have enough space for decor, books, notebooks, etc? Do you want your chair to be an office chair (absolutely no-no!!!) or you want a chair that spoons you from behind (yes-yes!)?
Personally, I don’t find storage that important when it comes to the home office. Your home in general already has enough space to store stuff. But, again, this is the matter of someone’s taste. In my opinion, it just takes up a lot of space, which you might not have.
I built a project on the cable management, and I can tell, it is something nobody cares about, but when you have your cables in order, it brings you a lot of zen and good karma.
Now, the desk should be wide enough to keep all the necessary items: books, pens, pencils, paper, decor, plants and so on. My advice is to keep everything in order and use desk organizers. The ones made of wood are my preference. If not wood, then surely natural material, like leather or cardboard.
Ask yourself a question, how are you going to work after setting up a workstation? Will you use external keyboard, mouse, mousepad, webcam, headphones? Every little detail matters. Will there be extra monitors? Can you adjust your monitor and a laptop the way they will be inline and in the perfect height? You might need the monitor stand? And laptop stand?
This is not a necessity, but something nice to have. When you are setting up a workstation, you want it to feel and look cozy, comfortable, warm. The decor will build that effect. Make sure you won’t exhaust the space with decor. A vase, a miniature, a couple of books and a few pictures on the wall will do the trick!
After all, the workstation you build should be your ideal workplace you always dreamt of. It should represent your personality, character, taste, and identity. It will be uniquely yours and only yours. If you were setting up a workstation in the past, let me know and share some photos, if you can! What made it so special?
Featured photo by RODNAE Productions