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Getting Started on Your First Home Office

by Maria Samuels

In recent years, home-based jobs have surged in number. In fact, on
the website of the United States’ Bureau of Labor and Statistics (bls.gov), it
has been stated that back in 2004, 20.7 million Americans have engaged in
home-based money-making undertakings.

From modest yet profitable entrepreneurial undertakings to freelance
professional stints in various fields like accounting and research, many
avenues have been opened to career-driven individuals who opt to work within
the confines and comforts of their homes.

If you are one of these individuals, having a home office is nothing
less than necessary. So here are some important guidelines to help your home office design
project get started.

Things to Consider 

There are three major priorities when it comes to designing your home

Space - This home organization project has two
components. The first is the location in which you wish to put up your home
office. The most common choice is the bedroom since most people regard this
spot as the most comfortable option there is. Having an office in your bedroom might
be nice for privacy, but if you expect to meet up with clients or conduct
meetings from time to time, a home office in the living area or one adjacent to
your patio or garage, is something you should consider.

Next you’re going to want to make sure to properly determine your workable
space by asking yourself how much work space you need and how much work
space your living quarters could actually allot. Note that the location and
dimensions of a workplace directly affect a person’s level of productivity.
This is due to how the human body responds to specific room conditions such as
inadequacy in terms of legroom.

Theme - There are several home office designs
to choose from. Modern design for instance is very popular these days. This
theme, which traces its roots to clean and minimalistic temperaments, is best
for small spaces that could use an illusion of size and airiness. A classic
work space design on the other hand is best suited to individuals who prefer
nothing more than the pragmatic.

Functionality - Design should always go hand in hand
with practicality. The most important thing to take note of when coming up with
a home office is how the area could translate to a work-conducive space as this is the
primary goal of the project.

For utmost practicality, you will need these office essentials:

Work desk 

In terms of structure, these tables may range from a modest
configuration to more sophisticated designs equipped with built in cabinets,
adjustable height, and even detachable rollers.

Here is an example of a home office design with the desk incorporated
into the workspace:

home office1

Swivel chairs on rollers are the most recommended since these are
quite dependable in terms of practicality, mobility, and comfort.

Filing cabinets 

To easily retrieve important files, bills, and other documents, or to properly
store the more recent ones, aptly labeled cabinets are a must. For quick access
these cabinets can be placed on the wall, directly above the work desk, or
under or beside the work desk.

Lighting fixtures 

Aside from the available light in the room you’ve chosen to use for
your home office, it is imperative that an additional lighting fixture –
specifically for work-purposes – be introduced to the area. Work-conducive
lighting should be low or glare-free. Fluorescent lamps with asymmetric lens,
and colors that complement the room’s chrome temperature, are your best

Guest author Maria Samuels was a semi-professional interior designer
before working as a Materials Specialist at In Style Modern, a furniture and
fixture company which specializes in