A home office is an ideal space for anyone who works from home or needs a quiet, working atmosphere for non-business related activities like reading, Internet browsing, writing letters, etc.
Depending on whether your home office is a place where you plan to make money and support yourself/your family, or a place where you enjoy after-work extracurricular activities, it’s important to choose the “right” your home office elements- from furniture to tech equipment and gadgets.
Basically, you’ll start the design process of decorating your home office according to your stylistic preferences and how the rest of your home is set up. You’ll probably start thinking about home office within these categories:
- Rich, elaborate
Modern vs. Traditional
After choosing one or two of these categories, you’ll know how to start looking for furniture and office supplies. The traditional home offices would probably consist of wooden desks, rustic armchairs, perhaps a fire place, thick rugs, portraits in ornamented frames, etc.
Modern home offices are usually minimalist in style, with simple metal computer desks or glass top desks, leather or metal chairs, abstract posters on walls and no rugs.
Again, depending on the kind of work you’ll be doing in your office, some other things to consider are:
- Fax machine
- Cabinets for filing paperwork
- Desk drawers
- Recliner chair
- Lighting (lamps, curtains, the position of windows, ceiling lighting, etc.)
“Real Work” Home Office Equipment
If your home office is primarily for work, the best advice is to lose all objects that can distract you. A recliner chair by Sherborne Upholstery is the best thing that can happen to your spine, but probably not so good for business that does not tolerate sleepers on the job.
TV in a home office is acceptable if your works depends on watching the news, or any show connected to your job. In every other case, it’s a potential danger. Of course, nowadays there’s practically nothing on TV that you can’t see on the Internet, but hopefully you’re not among those people who need to have restricted access to Internet websites in order to get work done.
If it’s possible to have a small bathroom next to or within your home office, that could be helpful. That way you won’t have to leave your office and meet other members of your family every time you have to go to the bathroom. On the other hand, if you need frequent small breaks during your work, perhaps that’s a good excuse to have them.
“Leisure” Home Office
If your home office serves the whole family for different computer-related activities, try to make it fun, warm and welcoming. Consider painting it some cheerful colour/s, having lots of books and CD’s on wall shelves, a big computer screen for a better video viewing experience and a cozy recliner chair where you can doze off or get a massage when you’re tired.
Lighting is a very important element in a home office, because we assume you’ll be doing a lot of reading in there. Try to have as much day light in your room as possible, and postpone turning on the lights. Lamp above your computer or reading chair comes highly recommended.
Decorating your study demands careful consideration of many important factors that might influence the quality of your work, but that’s no reason to lose sight of how fun creating an ideal home office can be.
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