The home office is an important part a house for many families. They store their paperwork, pay bills and do other tasks in this room. No matter where your home office is, whether it be in the basement or in a more discrete area such as a closet, it needs to be functional and of course, appealing. After all, no one wants to work in a dull, dingy or ill-planned home office. This beginner’s guide will help you get started.
Home Office: Setting Up Your Workspace
A home office can literally go anywhere: a hall closet where the door can be closed and kept from intruding guests’ eyes, a single desk in the corner of a bedroom or of course, in it’s own separate room. Before you can set up shop, you really need to stop and evaluate your space. Is it adequate for your needs? (i.e., it is unrealistic to work from home out of a closet, though a closet-office may be acceptable for paying bills or surfing the web.) Knowing what you use your office for will help you determine if the space is adequate or if you need to make other arrangements (of course, this is not always possible but it is always something to at least consider.)
Choosing Furniture for a Home Office
The basic necessities in an office are generally an office chair and a desk. However, if you work from home then you may need a few additional items such as bookcases, a printer stand, filing cabinets, additional seating and various other items. If you’re like me, you may even like a nice comfy chair off in the corner to “get away” from the office.
Always choose furniture that suit your needs. If you’re using your office to design and sell homemade items such as clocks or cards, it’s likely not a good idea to use an antique or wooden desk but instead, choose a desk with a glass top that is easier to clean. However, if you’re using your desk to pay bills and perform other household tasks (like keeping a budget,) then a desk with some organization might be more ideal.
Interior Design for a Home Office
When you’re choosing furniture, it’s important not only to consider the uses it will get, but also consider the style you’d like to have in the overall room. Again, always choose items that meet your needs but are visually appealing as well. Be sure to have adequate lighting and plenty of storage and work space.
Choosing a color scheme or overall theme can be more difficult, if you’re having trouble choosing a color that you’re drawn to, check out your closet. You should notice a trend of colors, patterns or styles that you’re more drawn to. However, you can also consider using certain colors to set a tone for your office. For example, a yellow office can be more motivating and uplifting; making it a great environment for getting things, while a blue office can be more calming and help cool your nerves when paying the bills or crunching the budget numbers.