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Get serious about your home office. Invest in big-ticket items for comfort, style and productivity

By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Home and Consumer News

Do you remember what your workspace looked like at your office? Your real office, not the office that you hastily erected in the dining room back in March, when you started working from home. Neither do we.

Just like 9-to-5 office hours have gone the way of the dinosaur during the pandemic, companies may opt to reduce their office footprint, making WFH less the exception and more the new normal.

It's time to get serious. If your home is going to be your primary office for the foreseeable future — or years to come — you might consider investing in outfitting your space for efficiency, ergonomics and a little enjoyment. Here are six ways to help you think of this as an investment in yourself.

PUT A RUG ON IT

Chances are you aren't wearing office dress shoes — or any shoes for that matter — to work from home, and a chilly floor underfoot is a bad way to start your workday. Ikea's black and white handwoven wool Stockholm rug (left) is not just unique looking with its bold stripes, it's durable and soil-resistant, and the flat weave makes it a great staple for your office. $199, ikea.com. The handwoven soft wool and earthy red tones of the Vesterborg rug adds a cozy layer of warmth to your floor and ambiance to your space. $299, ikea.com.

CONSIDER A LARGER SCREEN DESKTOP

 

Making do with a laptop? Not anymore. You can keep the laptop when you want to move around your house. But a desktop computer, with a bigger screen, can help alleviate some of that neck and eye pain. This 27-inch iMac has a Retina 5K display, and higher quality camera, speakers and mics (which can make Zoom events more vivid). $1,799, apple.com.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR POSTURE — AND COMFORT.

Consider investing in a chair with both style and substance. The Modway Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair is adjustable, comes in six colors, and provides a breathable mesh back, lumbar support with a padded and contoured mesh seat cushion. $142.79, amazon.com. If you're looking for the Ferrari of desk chairs, go for the iconic Herman Miller Aeron Chair, which has been the go-to office chair since its debut in 1994. $995, hermanmiller.com.

GET A DESK THAT FUNCTIONS FOR YOU

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