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What Every Home Office Needs

Finally turning that spare, empty and forgotten bedroom into a home office? Find out what every home office needs to be practical, stylish and space-efficient. The time has come for you to take advantage of that extra room in the house and put it to good use by turning it into a home office that can be used by the whole family and finally give you a well-needed and designated area to store all of those office supplies you’ve been shoving into various drawers around the house.

Designing a home office can be intimidating. There are often times multiple uses for this space, in addition to the everyday computer work. To make the process simple, we have listed out the five things every home office needs! If you follow the list and incorporate (in one way or another) these five elements, you are sure to have a new office space you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. The five elements include:

1. Desk

This one is simple enough! Every home office is centered around the desk. Choosing the right desk however, is no easy task. Be sure you think about what types of tasks you will want to use your new desk for. Will you be on the computer most of the time? Performing various crafts? Painting or drawing? This will determine the size and amount of storage you’ll want in your desk.

2. Sitting Area

We highly recommend incorporating some form of sitting area (aside from your desk) into your new home office. This will allow you to get away from the computer or whatever task you are working on and relax for a bit. It’s important to take breaks periodically throughout the day for a number of reasons—eyesight, brain function and posture being a few of them. One nice wingback chair, a loveseat or some ottomans or poufs will certainly do the trick! There are many ways to create a sitting area in a space, no matter how big or small that space may be.

3. Strategic Flooring

We say strategic flooring because if done correctly, you can actually choose the flooring you want in your new home office based on your surroundings.

  • If noise is an issue and you want your office to be as quiet as possible, a strong carpet is the best option. Carpet does a great job canceling out noise and insulating the office.

  • Planning on doing messy crafts in the home office? Then tile or laminate flooring is your solution. These easy to clean flooring options will make your life much easier when you accidently spill paint on the floor for the first time.

  • Want an easy to roll desk chair to pair with your new desk? If you don’t want to purchase one of those clear plastic mats, then hardwood floors will do the trick.

  • 4. Storage

    Proper storage, or lack thereof is what will make or break the practicality of your new home office. Take advantage of any existing storage space like closets or built-ins but don’t rely solely on those. Depending on the type of work you plan to do in this new office, choosing a desk with ample storage built-in may be in your best interest. When thinking about storage, don’t forget to look up! Bookcases, shelving units and other forms of wall storage are one of the best ways to fit more storage into a space without taking up too much of the prime real estate.

    5. Lighting

    No matter what you are doing in the office, having enough light will help reduce the strain put on your eyes. Long hours spent staring at a computer screen, reading a book or balancing your checkbook will require plenty of light. If your home office has a window, dress it with window treatments that are easy to open and close. This will allow you to control the amount of natural light that shines into your office. When the sun has set, you’ll have to light up the space using desk lamps, floor lamps and wall and ceiling lighting. Every desk should have a desk lamp, even if it’s something small. We suggest starting there. Once you have a desk lamp you like, look around at night and see what areas are the darkest. From there, simply incorporate more lamps until you find the lighting bright enough to work in, yet soft enough to be relaxing. There is a fine line between too bright and too faint so don’t get frustrated if you find yourself returning a few lamps and buying new ones. You’ll know right away when it’s perfect and the best way to get there is through trial and error.

    A desk, sitting area, strategic flooring, storage and lighting are the five elements every home office needs. No matter the size, shape or location of this home office, do your best to follow these five tips and you’ll enjoy the benefits of having a practical and well thought out space to do your work in each and every day.