Lucky you! You actually have a bonus room to turn into your home office. Since you don’t want your home office to remind you of your barren cubicle use these design tips to make it as luxurious and efficient as possible.
Location – you will likely spend many hours in your home office. Do you really want to be stuffed into the corner of your guest room? Make sure there are windows and plenty of light. If you don’t have windows face the door or hang a pretty picture on the wall. You should also consider if you want to be close to the activity in your home or if you work better when you are tucked away?
Picking furniture – consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Keep with the theme of your home, meaning, don’t do a contemporary office if the feel of your home is warm and cozy earth tones.
And speaking of furniture – invest in a good chair. Think ergonomics. Why not use a balance ball and work on your posture and core while you work on your business?
No office beige – paint the walls a color that will inspire you. Don’t you know that color can affect your mood?
Make it comfortable – add wood floors and large area rugs. Get an oversized armchair. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.
Organize, organize, organize – many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks, or baskets of odds and ends.
Cords – please hide your cords. You can’t make your computer, printer and phone look pretty but you can avoid the octopus of cords that stems from these devices. Feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.
Have fun designing and don’t forget our Goodbuy to Winter Sale is still going on until March 25th. No time like the present to come in and let us help with that home office project.