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Building Your Own Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

With a home office, you can easily work from the comforts of your own place.Whether you are a writer, artist, engineer, doctor or accountant, your home office should contain good furniture and accessories. They should make you feel focused but still very much at ease. Ergonomics is very important in reducing the risks for injuries, especially for repetitive movements such as typing.

The area must be spacious enough to contain a desk and the necessary equipment you need, but it does not have to be too grand. A table beside the window in a peaceful room inside the house can already act as a simple home office. Furniture with casters can allow you to move things around. A good layout will let you to move from the desk to another work area such as the computer table without difficulty.

Storage options such as drawers and shelves should be able to hold the office supplies, and be easily reachable. Labels can help in organizing the items. In small spaces, tall bookcases or shelves mounted on the walls can utilize the vertical space.  For those working with larger spaces, a lounge chair or even a couch can be included and used for short breaks. 

To attain greater efficiency, proper lighting should be installed within the home office. Task lighting can facilitate reading, writing, drawing, printing and other actions necessary to complete the work. A desk lamp or lighting fixtures installed beneath the wall-mounted shelves can brightly illuminate the work area.

Aside from artificial lighting, natural lighting should also be considered. Daylight affects the mood and productivity of a person – plus, it can also help to reduce the strain caused by the light fixtures and computer screen on your eyes. If the office table is placed right by the window, blinds can be used in order to control the amount of sunlight coming in. 

The color scheme of the area can also affect productivity. Uplifting colors such as yellow can boost energy, while pale colors such as green can calm your mind. For a personal touch, framed photographs and artwork can be hung from the walls.

Like any other spaces, a home office should be tailored to its user and the type and volume of work.Even in such a simple space, an industrious but enjoyable atmosphere can promote good work habits and help you expand your career.

 

Your Own Office Supply Store

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Tips

78329045Do you find yourself running out of basic supplies such as staples or pens? Have you had to stop working in the middle of a project because your ink-jet printer ran out of magenta? Well, how about setting up your own personal office supply center at home?

Start with adding shelves to an extra closet or purchase a two-door cabinet like the one in this photo. This will provide plenty of space to hold office supplies for almost any home-based business.

With a cabinet such as this one, it’s best to find a location with smooth hard flooring such as wood, laminate or vinyl. Plan to use a level and shims to make sure it’s set up evenly from every direction, so that the doors stay open and closed as needed and that it will stay stable even when holding heavy supplies.

To determine what you need to store, start with what you use every day such as paper, pens, and an extra set of printer cartridges. Include one or two extra batteries for any regularly used tools such as a calculator or label maker.  You don’t have to break the bank and get all of the supplies right this second.  You can build up your supplies and just purchase extras when it’s most convenient for you or if there’s a great sale going on.

Do you have certain supplies that cost less when bought in bulk? Paper, for example, is less expensive when bought by the case. Also consider those special supplies that take time to receive after you order them such as letterhead or business cards.

With a day or so to set it up, you can save yourself countless trips to the office supply store. Place a notepad on the inside of the door to make a list of items you need to replace, and reduce your shopping trips to once a month or fewer.

Designing a Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

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.