Decking Out Your Home Office With Cool Gadgets
Having your office at home doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the run-of-the-mill standard office layout and design. When you are at home and have to work there as well, it simply means that you have all the freedom to make it as comfortable a place to both rest and work all at the same time!
There are many products out there that you can buy to deck out your home office. All you have to do is find out which gadgets and technologies you can best utilize to make life and work so much easier. Here are just a few things, keeping convenience, comfort, and price in mind, that you may want to decorate and equip your home office with.
Furniture for Comfort and Style
First you have to think about your desk. There are many out there that you will be able to match to your style and taste. However, there are a few that have stood out because of their popularity and the great reviews that customers have on them. One option is the Kathy Ireland L-shaped desk which is a classy option to the drawer-full desk that others are used to. Get lots of leg room and bring out the simplicity and space of the room with this stylish pick in a wenge color. Or you can also try out the Heckler’s OneLessDesk which is actually two desks that slide and fit into one another to save space.
Second, think about the kind of chair you want to use, so be sure to buy a wonderfully comfortable one which will help with your back as well. SmartMotion Technology makes a great SwingChair that is made with an ergonomic design that allows you to rest and move in it with lots of comfort and support. Go straight to the showroom to find a SwingChair in the color that you prefer and the fit that matches your body type. Or you can also opt for the higher end creations by Herman Miller which are the ever-popular Aeron chairs.
If you feel that you are not getting enough exercise because you are at home and getting all the rest and comfort that you need (and then some), then you may want to also consider buying a treadmill or stationary bike that you can hop onto while you do a bit of reviewing your work or conference calling. One great product is the Steelcase Walkstation that has a desk that is height and angle adjustable and which you can also place your laptop or PC on. The treadmill is built around it, so while you take your daily walk, you can get some work done as well!
Nifty Office Equipment
Try to save on printing too much paper by converting your files to electronic format. For this job, you may need a good scanner to scan important documents and papers which can best be done with the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300. With this electronic wonder, you can scan both sides of a paper simultaneously, create PDF files which are searchable, and make life easier with its automatic feed function.
And if you have any documents, bills, and papers with confidential information that you want to get rid of, without suffering identity theft, then buy a Fellows PF-79CI shredder that has a cross cutting blade that makes reassembly of paper virtually impossible. Another choice would be the Black and Decker CC1500 shredder that is a15-sheet crosscutter that is made in a black, sleek, attractive design.
Cool Computer Parts
For PC users out there who like the industrial type desktop to work on, a great monitor to match your style is the Dell UltraSharp U2711 monitor. This 27-inch giant will definitely make you work harder because you won’t be able to get back on your computer with its high definition screen. For Mac users, opt for an Apple Cinema HD Display for the ultimate computer work and entertainment experience. Some home workers also choose to buy two screens to maximize the dual-display function wherein their Windows OS can give them a virtual desktop that will make work easier and the home office tech-savvy!
In terms of keyboards for your PC, try out the ergonomically correct steampunk keyboards created by Richard R. Nagy. This retro looking keyboard is fantastic in any stylish office. With this conversational piece, you can impress business partners and colleagues. Or you can stick to the usual ergonomic keyboards that you can now find in different designs that will fit your body’s needs.
Last, but not least, deck your home office out with the most up to date sound system so that whether you are at work or at play, you have the sounds to match. Check out the one-piece system Sonos ZonePlayer S5 which is compatible with both Mac or PC hard drives, as well as online sources like Sirius, Napster, lastFM, Rhapsody, and Pandora. Or opt for the Bose Wave Music System that comes complete with a multi-CD changer and an iPhone/iPd dock.