Millions of people across the globe have found themselves working from home unexpectedly due to COVID-19. Many companies are now seeing how easy and effective it’s been to adapt to this new normal, and we can expect remote work to become an increasingly prevalent practice. But not all work-from-home arrangements are created equal. One key to ensuring success? Setting up an optimal home office.
Here’s a closer look at why your workspace matters, along with tips for getting the most out of yours with the right home office furniture.
New Challenges, New Opportunities
The Coronavirus is changing how we live in many ways, including how we work. With most states under stay-at-home orders, offices that once bustled with bodies are now empty. Certainly, there are many benefits to remote work beyond social distancing. However, from familial distractions to technological issues, the change of setting also comes with new challenges for people who aren’t accustomed to working from home. A well-designed home office can help address these challenges to create a happier and more productive space.
The Organization Imperative
An old saying holds that “a tidy office equals a tidy mind.” If you’ve ever tried to work in a cluttered, disorganized, or inefficient space, you’ve probably experienced this for yourself. Conversely, a clean, clutter-free, and organized space supports a smoother workflow and a better final product.
All of this begs the question: What components are must-haves for the modern home office? Of course, the right desk is crucial. Computer desks, executive desks, and L-shaped corner desks, in particular, allow ample space for computers, paperwork, and other necessary items.
It follows that every desk needs a chair, but home office chairs are anything but one-size-fits-all. When shopping for an office chair, desirable features include adjustable height, a reclining seatback, a deep seat depth, armrests, proper wheels, and adjustable lumbar support. Considering you’ll be spending a lot of time in this chair while working from home, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of ergonomics.
While some people have entire rooms designated for their home offices, others make do by creating a workspace in an alcove, nook, or section of a room. In any environment, bookcases, credenzas, and filing cabinets can create space- and time-saving storage.
An Investment in Your Quality of (Work) Life
The average American works 34.4 hours per week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Therefore, you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in your home office, so it should be an attractive, comfortable, and functional space. If you’re searching for beautiful furniture made with consummate craftsmanship and high-quality materials, look no further than Croft + Spire. Family-owned and operated since 1980, Croft + Spire works closely with Amish woodworkers to offer 100 percent American-made, handcrafted hardwood furniture. Each piece is customizable to your unique preferences across everything from size to wood type or stain color. Whether you’re looking for a pine bookshelf, classic bookshelf, home library, wooden filing cabinet, solid wood credenza, or another piece of home office furniture, Croft + Spire is your go-to destination.
Another familiar saying advises, “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” This applies to dressing up your office, as well. Rather than settling for basic furniture that does nothing to elevate your work process or living space, seek out pieces that enhance both the form and function of your office. Croft + Spire is committed to helping you achieve this goal. It’s also our mission to make the process as seamless as possible, which is why we offer in-home delivery and set-up in the continental 48 states.
While these may be stressful times, your workspace can and should be a sanctuary. Contact Croft + Spire today to learn more about designing the home office of your dreams.