February 22, 2010, 1:43 PM — Whether you work at home full time as I do, or just use your home office after hours, it should be filled with things that make it comfortable and help you be as productive as possible. We've talked to experts and other work-at-homes to come up with advice and a bevy of some of the best and most useful products you can buy.
Because we're thinking dream office, we haven't let price become an obstacle. You may have to, of course, but this list will give you an idea of what's possible. And did we mention that some of these goodies will give you big-time bragging rights?
Why sit when you can walk?
All too many of us spend long, painful hours at the desk. Well, here's a way you can work at your computer and get a bit of exercise at the same time. The Steelcase Walkstation is a treadmill built around a height adjustable desk that holds your keyboard, monitor and laptop. The treadmill won't replace workouts at the gym -- it doesn't go faster than two miles per hour -- but you'll be moving instead of sitting. When you get tired, slide your peripherals to a convenient angle, lower the desk, and pull up a chair.
One way or the other, you will be seating at your desk, so buy a great chair. And remember, the Aeron isn't the only high-end choice. One chair that I'd like to buy is the SwingChair by SmartMotion Technology; the seat, backrest and arms all move independently to give you lots of support and comfort. And it's good looking as well. If possible, buy your chair from a showroom instead of the Web so you can try it out for size and comfort.
The paperless office, sadly, is a myth, but a great scanner will reduce the clutter and maybe even save a tree or two. One of the best you can buy is the Fujitsu ScanSnap S300. The S300 has an automatic feed, scans both sides of a page simultaneously, and best of all, creates searchable PDF files.