3 essential tools for the dining table freelancer.

by Tara Fitness

For the last 18-months, I’ve worked at the dining table. I don’t have an office or even a desk. I’ve had to make do. If you’ve worked at a dining table for any length of time, you’ll know it’s not entirely comfortable. However, there are some relatively inexpensive tools that’ll level up your comfort significantly.

Laptop Stand.

One of my pet hates about using a laptop is having to look down at the screen. While I’m happy to do so if I’m working in a cafe, for example. When I’m working from home, I’d prefer to have a little more comfort.

Enter the laptop stand.

The version I use is adjustable, so you can set your laptop at whatever height you please. Another nice feature of the adjustable arms means you can use it while you’re sitting on a lounge or even laying in bed.

I use the Lavolta Ergonomic Laptop Tray.

Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse.

When using a laptop stand, it’s a little inconvenient to then have to type with your hands at your shoulder height. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse when working from home, both for more comfort and improved functionality.

My pick is the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard set. It’s wireless, comfortable, light and even fits in your laptop bag when travelling.

I use the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop (Keyboard, Number Pad and Mouse).

Lumbar Support.

Dining chairs are often uncomfortable. There’s a reason why office chairs and dining chairs look like they come from different universes. Dining chairs are designed to sit you at the right height to eat dinner and to look pretty. They’re not designed to sit on all day.

To level-up the comfort of my dining chair, I use a mesh lumbar support. It simply slides over the seatback and suddenly, you feel like you’ve transitioned from a dining chair to a cheap office chair. Of course, it’s not as comfortable as a good office chair, but when you’re making do, spending a tenner on a lumbar support is well worth the outlay

I use a lumbar support similar to this one.

Creating my office.

These three tools transform my dining table into some resemblance of a ‘real office’. It’s not perfect, but I know I wouldn’t have lasted 18-months working at a dining table without them.

Hopefully, if you’re currently working at your dining table, they’ll help you too.

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