A home office is often high on the list of “must haves” for today’s homeowners. Although some are used for hobbies or homework stations, others are just a place to park the laptop for some late night web surfing. But for many who are self-employed or remote workers, the home office is truly their dedicated workspace, and having an organized, functional room is essential for maximum productivity.
Four Important Elements of a Home Office
Lighting: When it comes to your work, don’t skimp on lighting. Use floor lamps, table lamps, overhead lighting or even track lighting to target work areas (call a home improvement contractor or electrician for proper hard wiring). If you’re fortunate to have a window in your office, control the natural light with an attractive window shade or blinds.
Comfort: Whether you’re in and out for client meetings, or camped out in front of the computer all day, be sure to choose a comfortable chair with back support. If you also meet with clients or sales reps in your office, you’ll want a couple of good guest chairs as well. Ceiling fans help provide air flow for a comfortable work environment, and usually won’t disturb your paperwork when on a lower setting.
Storage: Space is at a premium in a home office, and built-in cabinets and countertops are a popular choice for work surfaces and storage. You can even use materials left over from a kitchen remodeling project. Incorporate both closed cabinets and open shelving for office products, copy paper, reference materials, files and more.
Power: Be sure you have enough electrical outlets for your computers, printers, copiers, flat screen TV’s and any other office equipment. Don’t risk a fire by overloading the outlets with multiple power strips – call in a professional electrician to add more outlets or increase the amperage to accommodate your equipment. Use cord covers to hide and control unsightly mangles of cords.
When decorating, choose tasteful colors that will inspire you throughout the day. You can make a small room seem more open by installing a large mirror on the wall. Feel free to add a fun element like a small basketball net or treadmill to burn off some stress throughout the day.
For more ideas on how to design the perfect home office, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.