Getting Started on Your First Home Office

In recent years, home-based jobs have surged in number. In fact, on the website of the United States’ Bureau of Labor and Statistics (, 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. The home office is an interesting development when you look at the evolution of offices since the 20th century. You can check out the inforgraphic by USC Price for more information on this.

If you are one of these individuals opting for working in the comfort of your home, 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 office:

  1. 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 workspace 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

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.

You'll also need to buy some new office chairs too. 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. Lutron might make these lighting fixtures more efficient with lighting controls. 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 choices.

Contributed by Maria Samuels

About the Author Maria Samuels
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 modern office furniture.