When you work from home, you will want to create a space that allows you to work the hours you need to, is free from distractions, and has all the tools you need to do your job.
So, when it comes to designing your home office, you will need to give some serious consideration to what pieces of furniture you choose, which will help you to complete the work and also allow you to feel comfortable.
Without further ado, here are some things to consider when furnishing your home office.
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If you are going to be working 9-5 from your home office, you will need a chair that can provide comfort, and lumbar support and will prevent the likelihood of you developing typing-related ailments like carpal tunnel.
Why not opt for a bean bag chair or sofa if you are squeezed for space or financially restricted? You can even get the theme of the bean bag chair, such as a Cordaroy or ComfySack, to match the interior design of the room, so you can even have a faux leather exterior.
You will need to choose a desk for your job. If you are a freelance writer, for example, you aren’t likely to need a lot of space. If you are a graphics designer, you will probably need to invest in a larger desk for you to do your work on.
Also, think about the other things you will need your desk for. Do you need enough space to open a binder or a portfolio? You may also need to consider other types of electronics which will help you to run your own business, such as printers, fax machines, scanners, and even landline phones.
Every office needs storage space. So, whether you are working as a graphics designer or a writer, you will need to ensure that there is plenty of storage for you to keep track of invoices, deadlines, and other pieces of office equipment.
If you are a therapist or a psychologist who is working from their own home, you may want to get storage options that have locks, to keep your patients’ files safe and confidential. In the same vein, if you are handling cash as part of your job, you will need an area for the safety deposit box, which may need you to look into storage options that may need a code to open them to prevent theft.
Nobody can work in the dark, so be sure that your home office has plenty of light sources, especially if you work long hours.
This may be something as simple as building your home office around a large window and making sure that you have lamps on the desk. Ideally, you will want to keep your home office brightly lit, to help you stay awake and prevent you from feeling sleepy.
Most people build their home office in a part of their house which has not been used regularly. So, it is likely that the location you choose will be an area like a spare room, the basement, the attic, or even a converted shed.
This means that it is likely that there will be no temperature control. To ensure you remain comfortable working in this environment, be sure to check that the electricity is functional and then get an air con unit (or an air cooler) along with a heater for those colder months. This will allow you to set the temperature to one that you are happy with, and will help you to better focus on your work.