Times are constantly changing and many people decide to change their job for the one that involves remote working.
The occurrence of such a phenomenon is caused by the progress in communications and internet technology and it comes with plenty advantages, such as the work privacy, sufficient level of comfort, and not having a person with a whip on your back. This, in turn, has led to the need of having a home office incorporated into the household of a remote mercenary.
This dedicated room should have at least a personal computer, a modest file storage and a printer. For those who work mostly at home, though, we have come up with an in-depth guide to designing and measuring their perfect office duty areas. So, what is the necessary equipment? Well, a computer is a dead giveaway but there are many other features that should be welcome in one’s home office.
A most of your activities are performed on a desk, it is a crucial factor in designing a home office. You can choose from desks that are placed against a wall, are built in, or float in the room. When you finally choose the right desk (we recommend the floating type), it is the time you take a closer look at the dimensions. The standard desk is usually 74 to 76 centimeters tall. Although freestanding desks vary in size and volume, most go-to choices are 122/152/183 cm wide and 24/30/36 cm deep. An office desk can make a fine focal point, so invest in the largest desk that is accurately adjusted to your working space, as there is never enough space when it comes to remote work.
Should you aim for a contemporary home office, buy a large, freestanding desk that has built-in shelves to hold your PC, books, and the necessary documentation. Leave 76 cm between the deck and the sideboard, at the minimum. The other side of the desk should be allowed with 122 to 152 cm space for extra chairs and storage.
Minimalists will enjoy a floating desk with the workspace that is set amid staircase landings, surrounded by transparent glass walls, which will make the office an integral part of your home, instead of having an awkward, enclosed room that stands out from the rest of the interior.
Built-in desks are the same as other desks, come dimensional standards, but they often provide more work surface, thanks to being customized to maximize the capacity possibilities of the built-in area. A desktop braced to the wall that allows sufficient knee space for maneuvering from one end to another seems like a fair solution for small-space home offices. Make sure that your work area also leaves space for a trash container, paper shredders, and other items for later disposal. You may go one step further and install built-in bookshelves to hold books and ring binders.
Desks against a wall
One of the most common of placing a desk is to have it against the wall. If you have enough space, you can install two desks on opposite walls, which will create an impressive work area with many possibilities to handle your duties and paperwork. As much as the idea is tempting, we’d recommend you not to leave less than 137 and more than 168 cm of space between the two desks. Otherwise, you won’t be able to walk around the area without suffering from minor shin and knee injuries.
As mentioned before, a desk may make a fine focal point in your home office, so it is worth to consider buying a generous-size desk with a drafting table. Although you may not belong to the still-impressive group of people who can’t do without drafting boards, the necessity to have one in certain professions remains unchanged. The most important measurement here is the height. A standard, unadjustable drafting board is 92 cm above the floor and stands up towards the back. For this arrangement,you will need a stool with a changeable height. As for the free space for the footprint and drafting tables, you will have to provide an area large enough to contain 122cm wide and 76 deep items.
Generally, you have to keep the area where you place your PC or laptop as flexible as possible. If you go for a built-in stuff, keep in mind that any new equipment must also fit the built-in space. As far as keyboards are concerned, it depends on whether you use a PC or a laptop.
Laptop users will need nothing more than a clear working surface with no dedicated place for a keyboard, plus an accessible charging area would be a nice convenience.
People who prefer Personal Computer units can either opt for the traditional keyboard-on-the-desk-surface way, or they may take the advantage of buying a keyboard with trays set at 61 to 66 cm high – such keyboards are more appropriate for maintaining a proper back position and provide greater work comfort.
It goes without saying that as a savvy remote worker, you will need a printer in your home office. There is a wide range of printers available for ‘oneterpreneurs’ but you will need a printer which:
- Is at least 46 by 61 cm large?
- Has printing options that allow you to print materials in different paper formats.
- Has doors that open at the top, for easy access to cartridges.
- Allows you to print on different kinds of papers, e.g. photo paper, laminated paper etc.
Having considered all necessary features of your printer and having chosen the right retailer, you should allow enough room for the printer’s functions in your desk layout. Henceforth, you will be able to meet your deadlines and quickly recharge your printer with extra ink and paper without evoking a paper storm.
This piece of the home office equipment is essential for keeping the area neat and tidy. The paper is a troublesome material and its flat sheets don’t go well into a bin. Squeezed papers have a tendency to amass at a large scale and they will start getting out of the bin rapidly to make you drawn to them. With that said, a paper shredder will solve the problem by reducing the paper to tiny shreds that can be easily contained before a planned disposal.
Paper shredders usually go in 36 cm (width) by 20 to 25 cm (depth) by 36 to 46 cm (height). In order to maintain the unshakable workflow around the office, place your paper shredder next to the regular trash. You can hide these items under the desk, provided you left enough space so that they don’t block your knees from moving.
Ideally, you would create the most storage space with two desks that are endowed with filling cabinets. However, if you own a small home office, one will suffice as well.
Filling cabinets take up considerable space in your working area. When it comes to a standard two-drawer file cabinet, it should be at least 38 cm wide, 76 cm tall, and 46 cm deep. You can bolster the width for two-drawer legal-size file cabinets to 46cm. Lateral file cabinets, on the other hand, start from 76 cm (width), 46 cm (depth) and 81 cm (height). Which type you need depends on what your work style is. If you are an accountant or a lawyer, you’d better invest in some large two-drawer legal-size cabinets. On the contrary, if you are a start-up geek, go for simple two-drawer letter-size ones. You can look up the dimensions of the available file cabinets on the website of any office supply that is nearby and see what they have in store.
Extra sitting space
When you’re halfway done with your work, you deserve at least one, 1,5-hour-long lunch break. With that in mind, there is a need to incorporate a large, upholstered sofa, on which you will unwind and enjoy your morning coffee, should the last night be longer than expected. Speaking of work comfort, you will also need an ergonomic chair with a high support level for your back. A footprint of space that chairs need is around 120 cm square, and a love seat or a sofa may be 157 cm long.
Flat file cabinets
These are very handy for holding large-format prints such as architectural or design plans, or large artwork. To create a laboratory vibe, you should opt for a stainless-steel flat cabinet which you will fit into a corner of your room. Purchase a cabinet that has enough space for extending drawers to their fullest in order to clearly see the content. Flat file cabinets are usually large, so applying this storage and planning area won’t take it tight home offices. As for the dimensions, a regular flat cabinet is 112 to 127 cm wide, 61 to 97 cm deep and 137 cm tall.
There is a vast field, on which you can maneuver, in this matter – desk chairs come in different shapes, sizes, upholsteries etc. Back in the days, almost every home office was endowed in a large rotatory chair with leather upholstery. In fact, this trend has rather passed and people have turned their eyes on light, rotatory chairs with synthetic upholstery that are in the size of its owner, give or take few centimeters, and provide enough support for the back of its owner. Having the location of a desk chair in mind, we should ensure about 107 cm square to be able to back up and slide from side to side as you take your items on the desk, reach for drawers and other furniture, in which your files are kept. We strongly recommend either a floating or a center desk with a chair that has its back against the shelves, with the well-defined amount of space behind the desk.
Each shelf is usually 30cm deep and 36 to 41 cm high. You can opt for built-in shelving; Not only will it create an intimate atmosphere in the home office, but it will also make it look more spacious. Shelves should make a smooth transition between the sideboard and the desk. If your home office is about 304 by 304 cm, you will reduce the floor space to 244 by 274 cm, if you arrange the furniture in an aforementioned way. If you need a flexible office that will be adjustable to various stages of your career and responsibilities held upon you, it’s advisable to purchase freestanding bookshelves (at least two pieces that are 91cm wide and 122 cm tall). This solution is also a bull’s eye for people who plan to move out within a couple of years.
The way you design your office and follow it by purchasing the necessary furniture depends on the size of your work area, your profession and the capacity needs that are also a job-related issue. Nevertheless, there are some evergreen essentials that your office can’t do without. These are desks, printers, paper shredders, chairs, a relaxation area, computers and shelves. We have collected all the ideas and pointed out the most common dimensions for each of them.
Having studied the guide thoroughly, you may very well set about designing and measure the area that will enhance the working experience, and make the already idyllic working style even more heartening.
Keep in mind that we use centimetric units, so take some conversion into account, should your country have different unit standards.