Search “home office desks Australia” and the results will confirm that working from home has become commonplace, and this means your home needs to serve two functions.
If you can’t avoid looking at the tools of your trade after you’ve finished work for the day—primarily your computer—it will be hard to really switch off. It’s important to put your work away at the end of the day, out of sight and out of mind. This could mean simply shutting the door if you have a home office or study. Even better, if you’ve got room out the back, drop in a modular home to use as your studio office.
If you can’t do either of those things, your best option might be home office desk furniture, storage ideas and accessories, combined with good home office design, to help you to hide everything in plain sight.
Your office desk furniture will work best for you if everything is within easy reach, from stationery and pens to your printer. A desk with plenty of drawer space and even a desk shelf can be the one-stop workstation that provides everything you need. If you don’t have a separate room for your home office, it’s best to ensure that your desk and your office chair complement your existing home furniture.
To keep everything neat and tidy on your desk top, a desk organiser is a must-have. There’s a multitude of styles, colours and configurations to suit your work environment. If you’re working in a confined space, a great option is a roll-top desk. These may look like they’re from another era—and most are—but their style and practicality are timeless.
Credenzas are designed to take as much office paraphernalia as you’ll ever need. It’s always a good idea to go for a suite of office furniture where your credenza and adjoining cabinets match your desk.
Adding an office shelf unit is generally a great idea—if you’ve got an array of professional books this is where they’ll make an impression. Also, if you’ve got any awards or quirky objects that relate directly to your profession, this is the place for them.
The more you store electronically, the less physical storage space you need for your paperwork. Storing everything in a cloud somewhere is great, but it’s best not to completely rely on this.
The simplest method of storing files is an external hard drive. Also, the humble USB stick has come a long way, and even 1 terabyte USBs aren’t too expensive these days—much less than buying the physical equivalent of 13 old-fashioned filing cabinets. Network Attached Storage (NAS) units are great if you have a small group of users who want to share files, videos or photos in an authorised-user-only network.
If you work from home, remember that it’s your home first and your workplace second. To make your home office the best it can be without compromising the style of your home, spend some downtime browsing our home office storage selection on Gumtree Australia.