If you work from home or just happen to enjoy having a home office to enjoy hobbies, have personal space to yourself or whatever you prefer to use that space for, your home office should serve its purpose and have a sense of organization and reason. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a local New Braunfels custom homebuilder
, shares easy tips to setup a great home office to meet your needs.
It is best to start from the group up when it comes to setting up and organizing your office. The first thing to consider is the floors in your office. Do you have hardwoods? If so, consider adding a plush rug down under your desk and large enough so that there are no echoes if you are on phone calls or a lot of sound if you have a chair on rollers. If you have carpet in your office, a plastic mat is a great thing to put down so you can roll your desk chair with ease and not mess with the carpeting at all.
What color is your office currently? If it is dark or bold color, consider painting it a soft, neutral color like gray or beige for minimal distractions. These colors are known to have a calming effect, and depending on how much time you spend in your home office, a calming effect may be just what you need!
If there are windows in your office, install curtains or blinds to regulate the amount of light that is coming in for both your eyes and the reflection on your computer screen that may cause a glare.
As for the furniture to put in your home office, a nice sturdy desk is often the number one thing you will want to have as both your workplace and your focal point. A desk with a large workspace is often the most helpful and will allow you to have things like your computer, office supplies and any personal or organizational items all within arm’s reach for your convenience.
If you have a printer in your office, consider setting it on another piece of furniture in the office like an armoire or shelving until or a rollaway cart. This will keep your desk space clean and uncluttered and save you a ton of room.
Something you will want to invest in for your home office is a comfortable and ergonomic desk chair. No matter how much time you spend in your office, you will want a comfortable chair to sit in and enjoy for however long of time you spend in your office. This will not only save you backache, but can also help your productivity by keeping your mind on your tasks (and not your aching back!)
Other pieces of furniture you may find helpful to have in your office are a bookshelf, filing cabinet, and a comfy armchair for reading or for guests to sit down and visit with you in.
Lastly, consider the placement and arrangement of your office. You should make sure the layout and design is configured to best suit how you will use the space and what will help you be most productive.
Think about the type of work you plan to do in the office and setup the area around that. For example, if it is hard for you to concentrate with distractions, it can be good to set your desk facing a wall where all distractions can be at your back and not in front of you in direct sight.
If you plan to do work at night in your office, make sure to get a good desk lamp that will provide the right amount of lighting you will need and won’t be too harsh or too dim for your eyes.
Implementing any or all of these tips will have your home office perfectly suited for you in no time!
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.