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When it comes to interior design, there’s one area of the home where more than just style should be taken into consideration.

If you’re designing a home office, you should give some thought to the ergonomics of the space. Put simply, your work space should be designed and organised to maximise productivity and minimise discomfort.

Here’s how you can do it in your home…

Furniture

The most important thing you’ll need to consider is your work surface. It should be big enough to accommodate your computer and have enough space for you to complete other tasks, without the need for you to be constantly juggling keyboards and notebooks.

Using a surface that wasn’t intended to be used as a desk, like an old rustic table, might be in keeping with your interior design style; but it will invariably stop you from working as efficiently as you would if you were sitting at a desk. It’s also going to cause you back pain, as it’s unlikely that it’s been built at the correct height.

If you’re sitting at your desk for long periods, you’re also going to need to pay attention to your office chair. Again, using something that wasn’t designed for this purpose will cause you discomfort. Dining room chairs aren’t intended to be sat on for hours on end and fail to offer adequate back support.

Your best option is to buy your home office furniture from a specialist supplier like Viking. They even have a specific range of ergonomic office chairs, which are designed for optimum comfort when working for long periods of time.

Lighting

Suitable lighting is also an essential feature of any home office. You should avoid soft lighting, as this will give the space a relaxed atmosphere at odds with the function of the room. A desk lamp is the most effective option, especially if the nature of your job means that you have to spend a lot of time reading. You can find a selection of reading lamps here at IKEA.

Using a desk lamps creates a pool of light over your workstation, so this is an effective lighting solution if your desk is in the living or dining room. This way, your work space will feel separated from the rest of the room.

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