14th Jul2017

Everything you want to know about: Grind Stations

by James Smith

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With UK’s average home size shrinking year in and year out, living space always comes at a premium in today’s urban landscape. In fact, just a few years ago the Daily Mail reported that is now barely half the size it was in the 1920s and according to experts, that is a number is only trending downwards. And sure, the average London flat may be about the same volume as a tube carriage, but on a positive note, space is always ultimately what you make of it.

And no matter how you look at it, whether you’re setting up a kitchen, living room, bedroom or home office, making efficient use of that limited space is a major consideration when it comes to urban design and living in the city today.

Enter the term Grind Station. The term Grind Station has it’s origins in the world of online poker, referring to a particular tech set up designed for optimal iGaming and the like. However, it can be applied to any and all computer set ups for a multi-use home office, gaming or entertainment center inside your home. The grind is simply whatever you’re doing with the equipment, work or play, and like the choice between the different equipment itself and how you use it, how you set it up a Grind Station is entirely up to your personal preferences.

In the end, however, how one arranges the different monitors, keyboards, servers, cooling towers, modems, printers, electrical and ethernet cables and more that often go into a home-computing station, can make all the difference between creating and efficient and space saving area of your urban home and a space-wasting digital mess.

Depending on how much space you have, and how much time you actually spend on the grind, outside of the technology itself, the right chair is as good place as any to start and can make a huge difference in terms of quality of life while you’re on the grind or off of it.

If you’re stuck spending eight hours or more sitting in your particular Grind Station, there’s more to consider than just personal comfort. Sitting in a bad chair for too long, without the right kind of support, increases the risk of back pain, numbness, spinal alignment issues, and even herniated discs. In fact, it can open a person up to all kinds of health issues.

The best Grind Stations require a high-quality ergonomic chair. These types of chairs may cost a little more than your average wooden stool or bench, but the cost very often pales in comparison to that of the other technologies included in the Grind Station and can actually be considered an investment in your health, comfort, and in the end, productivity as well.

Ultimately, you can expect to get out of a Grind Station exactly what you put in it, but with endless possibilities. Setting your sights on saving space, improving comfort and efficiency, are all reachable Grind Station goals.
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