Consider electrics when planning your home office

Expert advice from Kris Hogg, managing director of Konnectiv and Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) board member, on planning your home office

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Looking to create a dedicated home office? Kris Hogg, managing director of Konnectiv and Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) board member, advises on planning your room

Consider the ergonomics

‘If you use a laptop, it’s worth looking for a docking station. When it’s locked into the dock, a closed laptop can be connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse, internet and other devices, with minimum cables.’

Keep your area tidy

‘Most desks seem to have a number of rechargeable devices connected by lots of cables. To manage your space try Cabledrop clips, which stick to the desktop to hold cables neatly in place.’

Think carefully about compatibility

‘We seem to live in an Apple-dominated culture, and while the company does provide easy-to-use interfaces and devices, it’s important to consider such things as which printer to buy. Most modern printers will be AirPrint-friendly and if you use an iPad this is an important thing to look out for.’

Achieve a fast internet connection

‘If you don’t already have your router located in your home office, it’s worth having an ethernet cable running from the office to its location. Wireless, while great, is often not as speed-efficient as a wired connection, which typically has a faster and more stable connection.’

Store files safely

‘Allocate space for an external hard drive or Network Attached Storage (NAS) to back up important content. Some NAS devices can be used as a media server so photographs or music are available throughout the house.’

Featured image: Bespoke Urbano study in ash wood veneer and painted MDF, from £3,000, Neville Johnson