Hey, currently, for over 1,5 years, I left my job and full-time work at home to carry out some projects. As many have discovered after the various confinements and migrations to telework, it is not necessarily that simple. I think I have achieved good efficiency, by dint of tests but also rigor and organization.
In a series of articles entitled Home Office, I will try to give you complete feedback on my experience. I clarify that nothing is sponsored in this article apart from the Amazon affiliate links. I only share the content of my research and choices
We'll start with your office. Working properly requires a dedicated, undisturbed location, and if possible comfortable and pleasant. Depending on our work, we still spend many hours a day there. Some would say bullshit, give me a table and a laptop. I think it is a youthful error 🙃. I worked for three years on a growing team in open space and two years at home without counting my hours and weekends. I tried everything. Even if we are used to working in an open space, being speedy, with noise and over-connected, it's not sustainable over a very long period. No extreme is right on any subject. There is always a happy medium, an excellent balance to be found, just like having a "friendly" office. There are days with, days without. When you arrive in a bad mood, having a pleasant and quiet office changes the day's efficiency.
First, the location, privilege a great dedicated room, otherwise, choose the quietest place possible. It is better to separate it from the bedroom or at least avoid having the screen facing the bed. If you are in a standard living room, avoid focusing on the room instead of putting yourself on the wall. Another important point would be to have a window in your field of vision to breathe.
There is something for all needs, all budgets, I would prioritize the chair. Then come a screen, desk, and the accessories.
I would categorize this into three sections. I will not take the lowest prices at the entry-level, but I would target those from IKEA, the relatively affordable and right comfort level.
The mid-ranges between 300 and 500 €, for me they are all equal, very similar comfort, a little better than entry-level, only the style/brand changes the price.
I took this one in promotion :
And the top of the range where > 1000 €. In my opinion, there is only one reference, Herman Miller. But they are regularly on the classifieds sites around 500€ in good condition, resold by companies.
I am not a specialist, so I will not go into detail. However, for me, mainly text processing and a small design but not as an expert, I suggest targeting 4k at 60hz. So I turned to the more affordable, and it turns out that the Samsung brand was a winner. I tested two of which I'm satisfied (in promotion around 300€):
- Samsung S32R750QEU - Écran LED - 32" (31.5" visualisable) - 2560 x 1440 WQHD - VA - 250 CD/m² - 3000:1-4 ms - HDMI, Mini DisplayPort - Noir
- Samsung LU32J590UQUXEN Ecran PC LCD UHD 4K 32" 3840 x 2160 pixels 4 ms Noir
- Samsung U28E570DS 28" écran plat Ultra HD, Métallique (370 CD / MÂ², 3840 x 2160 pixels, 1 MS, DEL, 4K Ultra HD), Noir
- SAMSUNG U32R592C, Ecran PC Incurvé, UHD 4K, Dalle VA 32 ", Résolution 4K (3840 x 2160), 60 Hz, 4ms, AMD FreeSync, Noir
If I had to suggest a multiscreen setup, which I don't have today, I think I would go for a 32 inch in the middle, and probably two curved verticals on each side.
There is a strong tendency towards lifting desks; I have no clear opinion on the question, depending on working hours. However, I think it is good to remember that this does not solve going for a walk or doing sports. I prefer to take my sports break every day. It does not mean that I reject the idea, I have not tested it today. But I thought that I could easily switch only my desk's feet if I wish later 😊. Nothing too complicated in the meantime, a nice wooden board from your local supplier, and 4 feet. Here are some links to examples.
- SOULONG Lot de 4 Pieds En Épingle À Cheveux 71cm, Pieds De Table Epingle A Trois Tiges Noir en Fer pour Bureau, Chaises, Meuble DIY (71cm)
- Plateau de table chêne lamellé collé, L.160 x l.80 cm x Ep.22 mm
- Tablette teck lamellé collé, L.250 x l.60 cm x Ep.18 mm
Glass desk :
- Plateau de table verre, L.140 x l.72 cm x Ep.8 mm
- Tréteau bois design ASTIGARRAGA, H.74 x l.50 cm
- Tréteau bois architecte ASTIGARRAGA, H.70 x l.70 cm
For this part, little to say, it depends on your tastes :). I still recommend two things, to have an independent keyboard and mouse if you have a laptop. But also a base to put it at the level of the external screen.
Here is what I selected:
- Apple Magic Keyboard - Français
- Apple Magic Keyboard avec pavé numérique - Français - Color
- Apple Magic Mouse 2
- Apple Magic Mouse 2 - Gris Sidéral
- Babacom Support Ordinateur Portable, Support PC Portable à 9 Niveaux Réglables, Refroidisseur en Aluminium Ventilé Compatible avec MacBook, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Autres Laptops Tablettes 10” - 15.6”
- BoYata Support Ordinateur Portable, Support pour MacBook: Sable Multi-Angle Support Refroidissement, Compatible avec Les Ordinateurs Portables (10-15.9 Pouces), y Compris MacBook Pro/Air, HP (Argent)
- ISBERGET Ikea
And in the end, I must have a noise-canceling headphones, it is life-changing!
- Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700- Casque Bluetooth à Réduction de Bruit sans Fil Doté du Contrôle Vocal d’Alexa, Noir
- Bose Casque sans fil à réduction de bruit QuietComfort 35 II avec Amazon Alexa intégré - Noir
- Sony WH1000XM4| Casque Bluetooth à réduction de bruit sans fil, 30 heures d'autonomie, avec micro pour appels téléphoniques, optimisé pour Amazon Alexa et Google assistant, Noir
- Sony WH-1000XM3 Casque Bluetooth à réduction de bruit sans fil avec micro pour appels téléphoniques, Alexa et Google Assistant intégrés, Noir
We have a good location, the right office, and suitable equipment. All that remains is to make it pleasant. Nothing crazy, I advise you to add a small lamp, a small plant, a photo frame, and you're done. But it is possible to go further. In my case, I wanted to have invisible cable management and some decoration/lighting effects. Here are some suggestions, but it's up to you to let your creative genius shine :). Pinterest and Instagram are the sources! Here is my realization and the material used. The cables are managed by a fixed shelf upside down from the wooden.
- SKÅDIS Panneau perforé, bois76x56 cm
- SKÅDIS crochets gris
- SKÅDIS Récipient
- Cordon élastique
- Valens Lampe de Chevet, Lampe de Table avec Pied Géométrique et Tambour en Tissu Blanc, Lampe de Table de Nuit, Lampe à Poser avec Abat-Jout d’Effet Cuivre Brossé (Doré Rose)
- Philips Hue White Ambiance Pack de 2 ampoules flamme E14 6W
- Guirlande Lumineuse, FOCHEA 200 LED 20M Guirlande Lumineuse Noël 8 Modes Intérieur et Extérieur Étanche IP44 pour Décoration Maison Fête Noël Mariage, DC 31V Basse Tension
- BERGENES support téléphone
Another example of the glass desk :
Hoping to have helped some in their choice/creation :).