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How to set up a home office

Your home office is that place where you can focus on the tasks that need to be taken care of. We have the perfect desk for any sized space. A well-designed office chair, the right desk light for the job and home office furniture that helps to keep things organised. By making it easier to tackle those to-do's, you’ll have more time to spend on your wanna-do's.

At this time where more of us are adopting flexible working patterns and changing our working environments, it has never been more important to have a place in the home where we can concentrate and feel comfortable. Whether you want to maximise space in a small office or make your desk space more efficient, we've got plenty of office ideas to help you get inspired.

Here’s how to set your workspace up for success.

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Create a flexible working space at home.

Planning a workspace at home is not really all that different from planning a professional office. The main difference is that the space used for working may also be a space for other activities. And perhaps even shared by other family members rather than colleagues.

A laptop support and pillows for the back provides extra comfort when working with a computer in bed or on a sofa. The laptop support eliminates uncomfortable heat generated by the laptop.


Tips of achieving comfort when working from home.

For longer periods by a screen, arms and wrists need support. The keyboard and mouse should be placed 10-15 cm from the edge of the desk.

The most comfortable distance between the eyes and a computer screen is 50-70 cm, or about the full length of the arm.

Placing mobile devices at an angle alleviates strain on the neck and shoulders.

How to set up and use a flexible workspace for your well-being.

1. Getting your posture right

The monitor should be tilted at 20 – 30 degree, which is an optimal angle for the eyes as well as the neck and shoulders.

The top of your work surface should be elbow height and your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle when sitting or standing at your desk.

2. Selecting the right chair

Comfortable office chairs mean more time concentrating on the job. Our swivel chairs come with features like armrests, height-adjustable seats, lumbar support and ergonomic designs that your body will love.

The ideal chair height is when the hips and knees are at a 95-100 degree angle and the feet are flat on the floor.

It should be possible to stretch the legs under the table and turn 90 degrees to the left and right for freedom and flexibility.

An active sit/stand support is a perfect complement to a sit/stand desk and helps to vary position during the day.

3. Lighting for Workspace

While natural sunlight is ideal for several reasons, you will still need some of additional light from an artificial light source. The best option for any workspace is LED. Let's take a look at a LED lamps to help you get the best lighting for your workspace.


Tips to make your home office smarter and neater.

You can easily charge your smartphone wirelessly with the HEKTAR LED work lamp.

The ROMMA Cable management box is convenient for hiding your cables and charging your phone in between calls. A natural placement for a charger is near a socket, where it is easy and convenient to reach and use.


For the little busy bees

Children also need a designated functional space for them to stay focused. Here at IKEA, we have a wide range of child-friendly furniture and accessories to help you set up a study area for your little ones.

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