Since the Covid-19 pandemic came into our lives in early 2020, I have mainly worked from home. My office is in the attic of our house. I started at an old desk and on a 15-year-old office chair, but I have upgraded quite a bit since then.
My first investment for the home office was in a better desk. The fixed-height desk I used when working from home occasionally was fine, even if it was a bit too low for me. In a time where 95% of my work was from home, that wouldn’t do. So quite early in the pandemic I decided to buy a new one. I went to the nearest IKEA and looked at what they had to offer. I finally settled on the BEKANT line, splurging on an electric system for changing the height of the table. I hesitated to do that, due to the price, but as my SO rightly said, I will be using it for many years to come, so it is a sound investment.
While at IKEA, I also bought something I didn’t mean to buy. (Who hasn’t?). My chair, while old, was comfortable, moulded to my body and in reasonable shape. Despite it being a bit wobbly I had no plans to replace it. But when I tested the MARKUS chair, I was sold. So I took that home with me as well.
For most of 2020 and 2021, that was enough. But early 2021 an old nemesis called CTS (Carpal tunnel syndrome) reared its ugly head again, so I was forced to do something to alleviate that. Enter Logitech, who have an excellent range of ergonomic peripherals for your computer. I settled on the MX Vertical Mouse and the Ergo K860 Keyboard. Both are great tools in my day-to-day computing and I don’t see reason to switch back to regular mouse and keyboard, even though my CTS has been fixed now, due to surgery a few weeks ago. I love them so much that I even asked my employer to provide them for me, for the times I work at the office. First to prevent further pain and discomfort, now to prevent it from happening again.
Then we get to the completely unplanned purchase. I had been using a Samsung HD Monitor for the last 12-14 years. It worked fine, until the day it stopped working. First some intermittent outages, at the end coaxing it to life for 10 minutes, just to have it conk out on me after 30 minutes or so. This sudden issue left me with a problem, but also the opportunity to buy a new monitor to last me for years. After some research, I decided to go for the MSI Optix MAG342CQRV. Quite an upgrade from the 22-inch monitor I had been used to for so many years. With this purchase, I saw my chance to also upgrade from a monitor stand to a monitor arm for some more deskspace and less clutter. So I got one of those as well.
The final purchase, that made a surprisingly big difference, was the Deskpad by Minimaldesksetups. I tended to use my desk without a pad, but I don’t want to go back now. Besides looking awesome on my desk, it also feels so much nicer and warmer than the bare wood. I highly recommend getting one.
Quite some investments, that lead to some discussion with colleagues. They argued that my employer should provide a lot of this (which they have to those not having the right equipment at home to work from home). And that is a valid argument. But I want to keep all of this, even when I move on. And I use it extensively for personal use as well. So I think I made the best decision for me, and I still look forward to going to sit there every day. So all is well in my book.