The kids are out of school for summer and you’re stuck, working inside. Or maybe not. You can create an outdoor office. Here’s how:
Chair: Select a supportive, ergonomic outdoor dining chair with a higher, contoured back. A woven chair back and an open-air metal seat will help keep you cool when the weather is warm. Add a seat cushion. A foldaway seat cushion ($39) is easy to bring indoors or out.
To help maintain a healthy posture, experts suggest an office chair with lumbar (low back) support and that allows your knees to stay level with your hips. Armrests should be adjusted to let your shoulders stay relaxed.
- 2 Modern has modern outdoor furniture, lighting and decor, including contemporary chairs, tables, lamps and accessories on sale
- Home Depot has outdoor dining chairs including the Haymont rust-resistant steel framed, stationary wicker chair with a beige cushion ($449 for a set of two)
Work surface: Find a small outdoor dining table that’s the same height as your desk.
A counter-height rectangle dining table made of weather-resistant acacia wood comes with two chairs and cushions with UV-resistant, white fabric covers ($315) at Home Depot.
Switch up from sitting by using an outdoor bar top table as a standing desk. Walmart has a metal-framed rattan bar with cushioned chairs that’s a small version of hotel pool bars ($329.99, was $429.99).
Tech connection: Install a quality outdoor Wi-Fi router, range booster or a portable charging station to accommodate all your devices. For improved teleconferencing, consider Bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones to block out the sound of a dog barking or cars in the distance.
- BBQGuys has SunBrite TVs that were engineered to withstand the harsh effects of rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays.
- Bose has outdoor speakers that offer balanced stereo sound over a large area.
- Amplify music through an all-weather sound bar ($179.99) on the deck rather than inside the house.
Organization: An outdoor bar cart can provide additional surface space for a printer, files or miscellaneous desk drawer items.
See more storage and organization solutions at The Container Store.
Cover: Protect an expensive laptop or priceless handwritten notes from rain with a freestanding pergola or gazebo or a pop-up canopy. Protect furniture from all outside elements with a standard-size cover or a custom, Insulated rain cover.
- Home Depot has outdoor lighting on sale up to 25% off.
- Lumens specializes in lighting with many outdoor options.
- 1-800Lighting.com offers 20% off your first order
- eSaleRugs has discounted outdoor rugs up to 50%.
- Blankets, throws and water-resistant picnic blankets are sold at Amazon, L.L. Bean and Walmart.
- Houzz, the popular interior and landscape design site, has photos of modern outdoor living spaces outfitted with a rectangular fire table.
- Outlining some of the outdoor oases are concrete pavers for that smooth, modern look.
Plants.com makes it easy to search for plants in pretty pots based on lifestyle (beginner, pet friendly), interest (Feng shui or air purifying), amount of light in the room and specific types such as succulents.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072