I am a researcher and work full time for a university remotely. I also spend a lot of my leisure and hobby time on my computer or iPad. We’ve been somewhat nomadic for the last few years (something to which I’m sure any of you who are also an early-career academics can also relate) so I’ve never invested in any decent office furnishings. Now that we are somewhere more-or-less permanently, I’ve splurged on the right furniture to ensure I am productive and ergonomically safe. The computing stuff has been with me for the long haul, but the furniture is new.
- Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk (42 inch desk top with grommet) pictured in my seated position
- Amazon Basics mesh-back chair
- Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Griffin Elevator Stand
- Magic Keyboard and Trackpad
- 9.7" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard
- Seagate Backup Plus 2TB external hard drive (Time Machine, external storage, clone)
I cheaped out on the chair but prior to moving to my current home I had been using the same chair from amazon and it worked just fine. At some future point I may invest in a multi-hundred dollar chair but for now this does the job.
I try to spend about 1/3 to 1/2 of my day standing and the Jarvis makes that super easy.
I still haven’t gotten my cable management quite dialled but I only got my office set up this weekend. I think I’d like to mount a power strip to the bottom of the desk or replace the cable grommet with a power grommet. Not sure where I’m going to take this aspect of my workspace.
I am also in need to a desk lamp. The Wirecutter suggests the Lumen LED desk lamp also from Fully, which looks fantastic but it a bit spendy (though since this is where I spend more than a workday’s worth of time at this desk every day, I’m not afraid to spend a bit). Looking around at other options and kicking myself for not getting it along with my desk since you save nearly 50% when you buy the lamp with the desk…
And of course I still have at least a hundred books that have not been unpacked and don’t have any book shelves to put them on yet! So that’s not pictured, but that’s next on the furniture agenda!
Anyhow, so far so good. Loving having a desk that isn’t wobbly, is at the right hight, and makes standing easy. It is a true treat, my previous desk was too shallow, wobbled like a drunk, and was at the incorrect height, which exacerbated my RSI. And just prior to moving here I spent three months living with family in a different country (for visa reasons) and working at a kitchen table, which was also far from ideal. So I feel absolutely pampered!
I’d love your suggestions for desk lamps, power management, etc!