Creating an accessible home workspace

When creating an accessible home workspace for the first time, it’s important that everyone feels comfortable when using it.

There may be a need for a rise and fall workstation, wheelchair-friendly work desks, or perhaps a big screen to assist with visual difficulties. 

If you’re looking to set up your home workspace, below are some quick tips to help you get started.

Choose The Right Desk

It is important that the furniture in your home office is easy to access and easy to navigate. 

If you’re relocating, make sure you hire a moving company to bring along furniture you already have that is suitable. 

Your space should incorporate both functional furniture and design elements to make it not only enjoyable but also accessible. 

Accessible desks are necessary for people with disabilities. The shelf and drawer should be adjustable in height and width so that you can roll under them and reach into them easily.

If you already have a desk that’s suitable and are moving it to a new room you’ll need to measure it up first. This website has great tools and tips for that.  

Install A Home Elevator If You Have Stairs

If you happen to live in a two-story home with an office upstairs then you’ll need to consider a lift. 

Several people consider the installation of a home elevator or stairlift to enable people with mobility issues to get up and down with ease. 

In many homes, these products provide easy access to the bedrooms and shower upstairs, as well as laundry rooms in the basement.

Click here to find out more about installing an elevator in your home. 

Suitable Lighting

We often overlook lighting, yet it is so important in playing a role in visual acuity. 

Add a skylight, install a light near the desk, or use LED lamps and bulbs to ensure sufficient light levels are a few options.

You just need to leave enough space so people can still move freely throughout the office.

Suitable Supporting Furniture

Those with mobility issues need furniture that is both comfortable and accessible. Make sure the furniture has plenty of padding and cushioning to avoid injury to any joints. 

An individual’s type of work will dictate what kind of chair they will need. If you don’t require a wheelchair then you should use an office chair rather than your kitchen chair or couch cushions while working on a computer.

If you work with your hands, sitting down might be uncomfortable and difficult. Perhaps you could look into a stand-up desk instead? 

Accessible Storage

Storage is a big issue for people that have a disability. Finding accessible storage for disabled people is extremely expensive and difficult to find. 

There is one popular product that is specifically designed for people with disabilities called Varidesk. 

Not only are these products affordable, but they’re also made from recycled materials and they come in many different colors. 

Continue Adapting The Space To Your Needs As You Go

You should ensure that you are continually adapting your workspace as you use it. If you find any improvements that need to be made, note these down and see if you can find a solution.