Telecommuting is all the rage among U.S. workers today and the home office has become as omnipresent as the parlor was in the day of your great-grandmother. Planning a professional home office means taking some things into consideration other than whether or not to invest in one of them there miniature soda can dispensers. What you should shoot for when picking home office furniture is versatility.
For instance, don’t buy a copier and a printer; instead opt for a printer that doubles as a copier. Go for a copier/printer with as small a footprint as possible to save space and make sure you get one that is equipped with wireless technology. Another example of versatility is to keep a pair of dumbbells in your office. When you get a break, just do a few reps to keep your arms in good shape. Those who type or engage in another repetitive activity will find that they can go longer without pain in the joints simply by doing a little bit of weightlifting during the day.
Plan your layout before you invest in furnishings for your professional home office. Look into as empty a room as you can and imagine what your day at work is going to be like. The desk is the all-important element of the home office, but do you go for an expensive desk packed with storage space built in, or do you go for a just plain flat surface and then add filing cabinets and cubby holes?
About that desk. Lighting is an important consideration when putting together an effective and efficient home office for professional work. A flat, unadorned desk surface will create much more glare than a flecked or patterned service. Keep that in mind when choosing a desk as well as choosing lighting. As for lighting, you should consider track lighting or recessed lighting rather than just a big bulb overhead. A pendant light hanging down over your workspace can result in a much better lit environment than a fluorescent tube or one of Edison’s dinosaurs bulb stuck into the ceiling.
Floor covering will depend on what kind of work your home office is for. If you are an artist, you want something that will either clean up easily or allow you to create an artwork upon it so go with hardwood or vinyl tiles. If you are a musician, go with carpeting to make certain that your home office is properly soundproofed. If you are the type of home worker who paces up and down a lot when you’re thinking, consider rubber flooring which is light beneath the feet.
A home office is usually going to have some amount of books. I’ve probably got close to 500 books within easy reach of my rolling chair in my home office. You may not need that many books so consider placement of shelving on the wall rather than investing in the much more expensive option of a bookcase. Clean out the closet in your home office to install storage space for all your equipment and tools that you don’t need ready at your desk.
To give your home office that truly professional ambiance that can psychologically urge you to work harder, install molding in the room. Wainscoting and other types of molding give off the sense of a real office away from home and it’s hard enough convincing drop-in visitors that your office is a place of work without making it look like just another bedroom minus the bed. Take great pains to get a home office that looks as professional as possible and make sure that family members and other household residents are fully aware that coming into your office is tantamount to getting into the car and driving to a downtown building and walking into your office.