CHANTILLY, VA—Sept. 5, 2018—Students are now back to school, and with the start of a new school year also comes new backpacks, school clothes and the latest gadgets and gear designed for success.

But students aren’t the only ones who could use a refresh. This time of year also marks the perfect time for working consumers to rethink their workspaces as well, whether it’s at home or in the office.

 “The workspace is changing, and newer technologies tend to guide the needs of the modern office,” said Bill Becker, CEO and Design Director of BDI. “Fall is the time when many new computer and mobile technologies are released. So while students take advantage of these releases for back-to-school savings, it’s also a great time to look at what office workers need in order to create the most efficient and effective workspace possible.”

With this in mind, BDI offers a few tips for what to consider when rethinking your office set-up this fall:

Stand Up to the Task

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking.” Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not only uncomfortable, but can also open you up to a number of health issues like high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, and back and neck pain. Consider the ergonomic benefits of adding a programmable electronic standing lift desk that allows you to sit or stand throughout the day, with the touch of a button.  Also, don’t forget the ergonomic chair for when you do need to sit down for periods of deeper concentration.

Clean Up the Clutter 

Take a look at your desk. Chances are your phone, computer, monitors, speakers, and keyboard are all hooked up and cords are in the way. Get valuable space back by equipping your office with furniture that has wire management systems and channels, allowing you to keep those wires tucked away.

Shore Up On Storage

While information has become increasingly digital, hard copies are still necessary in many cases, and when it comes to these important files, whether it be personal records, tax information, or work-related files, you’ll need a place to store them. A filing cabinet that attaches to your desk can keep the things you need at an arm’s reach when you need them, and out of sight, out of mind when you don’t. 

Customize Your Setup

No two office spaces are exactly alike. Fortunately, there is plenty of furniture out there that allows you to customize your workspace no matter what size, style, or amount of storage you’re looking for. Small spaces have more constrained requirements, while dedicated office spaces give you more flexibility. Modular collections allow you to pick and choose components, storage, shelving or desktop spaces that are ideal for you. For the desktop surface, you may want to consider one with a smooth, non-glossy finish that will reduce glare from modern electronics.

Work in Style 

You spend a lot of time selecting the right styles for your home, so your office should be no different. Today, there are many office collections that let you blend your personal style in with a quality office system that is both functional and fashionable.

Get shopping! 

Don’t know where to start when purchasing the right office furnishings? Here’s a great guide on how to select the ideal office furniture for your space.