9 ideas for creating a positive working environment

9 ideas for creating a positive working environment

If you’re setting up an office at home, the first rule is that it has to be a place of organisation and calm. Secondly, it doesn’t hurt to complete it with objects that appeal to your personal aesthetic; you’ll probably be spending a great deal of your day in there, so it’s worth taking the time to make it into a space you’re happy to occupy.

SITTING COMFORTABLY

The waterproof Bazaar Bag is ideal for when you need some time away from the computer screen, whether it’s for a spot of creative thinking, reading through documents or a brainstorming session. £64.99 from www.BeanBagBazaar.co.uk.

RETRO STYLE<

Kitty McCall’s retro-style office chairs will add a zing of colour to any room and when teamed with simple office furniture will be a real style statement. £250 from www.kittymccall.com

SAFE STORAGE

iStorage’s datAshur Personal is an ultra-secure USB flash device perfect for storing sensitive data. It includes an on-board keypad and the drive is unlocked by entering a PIN code before connecting to a USB port. All data transferred to the device is hardware encrypted for total peace of mind. From £39, www.istorage-uk.com

EASY PRINTING

A pocket-size print server from Lantronix doesn’t need downloads, software or additional drivers, meaning that even the least technically minded can now print from their iPhones, iPads, Chromebooks and android smartphones and tablets. £130 www.lantronix.com

SIMPLE SOLUTION

This is the perfect innovation for anyone who wants the convenience of a whiteboard without having a permanent fixture on the wall. The Magic Whiteboard is a reusable A1 sheet that uses static to cling to any hard, flat surface, and can then be written on with a dry marker whiteboard pen. Simply wipe off, and use again. One roll contains 25 sheets. £29.99 www. magicwhiteboard.co.uk

GOOD LOOKING

Choose quality fitted furniture for a bespoke office, like this one from Rencraft. Features include a mixture of oiled oak and hand painted cupboards, and painted bookcases fitted with oiled oak worktops. Prices start from £3,500 www.rencraft.co.uk

SECURITY MINDED

Stay security savvy with the Myfox system – an alarm and security camera that are easily controlled using a smartphone app. The alarm uses sensors attached to doors and windows, and these detect the difference between everyday events and security threats. The camera can be used in conjunction with the alarm or simply stand alone as a security camera. £249 www.getmyfox.com/uk

COFFEE LOVERS

Enjoy the taste of your favourite ground coffee wherever you are with the compact and portable Minipresso. It’s easy to use, requiring no batteries or cables: simply pop off the top and bottom caps, fill with coffee and hot water, seal them back up and pump for your favourite brew in the office or on the go. £49.99 www.thefowndry.com

GLASS WAL

Pitts Presentation’s glassboard range provides an attractive, as well as practical, alternative to a standard whiteboard. The collection is made from glass that has been covered with paint from the reverse side, and galvanised sheetbonded together. Prices start from £32.47 www. pittspresentation.co.uk

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