Almost half of Americans who are able to work remotely are still doing so two years later. It’s clear that working from home is still here to stay.
It is possible to make space for your home office with your gaming setup.
If you are moving to a home office, this guide will help you fit gaming and working into one space.
Choose the right furniture
The right furniture will be the first thing you need for a great setup. A larger desk is better for a multi-purpose setup.
Since you will need room for your gaming PC, it should never be on the floor.
A sturdy desk with plenty of surface space is what you want. The monitor stand is nice to have.
Your desk chair will either be your best friend or your worst enemy when you work from home. If you’re going to spend a lot of money on furniture, make your chair.
Check the reviews to make sure the gaming chair you choose has good support for your back and shoulders. A cool color scheme is not enough to help your posture. Invest in the best chair you can afford.
Upgrade your gear
If you play video games, you probably already own a keyboard or a mouse that you like to use.
Keeping these considerations in mind, you might want to make some improvements to your home office gaming space.
- Keyboard: For starters, if you don’t already have a mechanical keyboard, this is the perfect opportunity to pick one up. Building your own is fun, though there are plenty of prebuilt mechanical keyboards with ergonomic designs out there that will work great, too. A mechanical keyboard can be more satisfying to type on while you’re working — plus, it will be more fun for gaming when you’re not on the job.
- Hand and wrist protection: Ergonomic keys and wrist pads are a nice bonus since you’ll be more comfortable typing for long periods and gaming afterward.
- Monitors: If you don’t already have one, opt for a large monitor with adjustable height and tilt. Working from a laptop gets the job done, but it’s not good for your eyes or your posture. Even if a laptop is still your primary gaming and working device, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by investing in an external monitor. You’ll have more screen space and it will be more comfortable to work and game on.
- Mouse: While your ultra-light or custom-weighted gaming mouse might be great for playing your favorite MMO, it might not be the best pick for working. A more ergonomic gaming mouse will be more comfortable to use in slower but longer-duration tasks in your home office.
- Headset: When you’re shopping around for a headset that works well whether you’re on Zoom or Discord, be sure to choose one you can wear for hours on end. Over-ear headphones with an attached microphone are your best bet, especially if they are lightweight with a comfortable strap.
An extra-large mouse pad, a gaming microphone, and a lighting setup are bonuses that are nice to have for both working and gaming.
A strip of RGB lights stuck along the back edge of your desk is an awesome ambient lighting source that is great for working and gaming in dark rooms.
One of the most important parts of a dual-purpose home office and gaming setup is the software on your computer.
It has been shown by expert research that working from a computer greatly increases the risks of cyberattacks.
If the computer you use to store sensitive work information is also the one you use in your free time, it’s very easy to make a mistake that leads to a cybersecurity repercussions.
It’s possible to work from home, but you need to make sure you have good anti-viruses installed.
Make sure you stick to secure, reliable programs if your employer does not have specific communication and video conferencing software.
It’s a great way to go since it has video and voice calling. Since it is hugely popular in the gaming world, you can have your office update threads in one place.
Build the perfect gaming and working hub
Choosing gear and furniture that is great for both work and play is what makes a home office double as a gaming setup.
High-quality keyboards and headsets can give you a more comfortable working environment. When you take a break from work, your setup will be ready to go.
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