In these difficult economic times, following redundancy or business failures, many workers will be considering setting up their own consultancies or other business from home. Having worked from home myself from time to time, I think it is very important to maintain a routine to you day and to have a separate home office space, where you can be ‘at work’ during normal working hours, and ‘out of the office’ during evenings and weekends. I found that it was vital to maintain this separation both to achieve a reasonable work-life balance and maintain a normal personal life.
The first task is to find a suitable space – try to use a separate room with a window if you can. Draw up a list of what you will require in your home office, for example filing cabinet and general storage, desk, pedestal, chair etc.
If you are working to a budget, you should consider a home office desk from the ML20 range. These budgets desks are high quality products, designed for ergonomic use. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes so you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for. In addition, if you buy these desks from CH Workspace the prices include delivery and installation anywhere on the UK mainland. Their office furniture catalogue also includes a wide range of top quality office chairs at the best possible prices. An ML20 desk and pedestal can be purchased from around £350, with a top quality chair from around £100.
If you want to go a but more up-market, there are executive style desks in a melamine finish, such as the Tobago range, for around £500, including pedestal or if you want real wood veneer you can go for the Natural range, with desks and pedestals from around £1,500.
Tambour cupboards are one of the best solutions for filing and general office storage. They are flexible and adaptable, each shelf can be used for general filing, storage of box files, storage and dispay of books, and even for stationary and sample storage on the lower shelves. They doors can be closed and locked, for maximum security and general tidiness. Due to the fact that the roller doors slide sideways into the cupboard and to the fact that they are available in 2 metre tall cupboards, they make maximum use of available space. CH Workspace has an extensive range of tambour cupboards, so you are bound to find the style and finish you need.
Many people will consider self-contained computer workstations such as the one pictured here. This type of workstation is perfect for working for a few hours at a time, but the size and functional limitations mean that they are not practical for 8 hour use. They can be used if space is very tight, but you need to be aware that the desktop is not really suitable for a computer, plus all the other things you normally find on a desk, eg telephone, files, notebooks etc.