More and more people these days have home offices, but it can be hard to separate the “home” from the “office.” Richible takes a look at some great designs to help you make a wonderful home office that will be efficient, appealing, and comfortable.
MAKE A PLAN
If you’re building an office from scratch, the first thing you need to do is make a plan. This first set of tips will get you thinking about where to start.
1. Define Your Space
The first thing you need to do is decide where your office is going to be. Do you have a whole room to dedicate to it? Or maybe just
a corner of a room?
Whatever the case, it’s important to clearly define your office space.
2. Questions to Ask
You’re going to want to ask yourself some important questions while considering your home office. Questions like:
• What furniture do I already have (desk, chair, lamp)?
• Will clients need to come in my office?
• Is my space big enough that I won’t feel crowded?
3. Draw Your Work Area
It’s a good idea to plan out your work area. Where is your desk
going? Do you have room for shelves? If you can see everything on
paper, It’ll be a lot easier when you move things to where they need to be.
• Under stairs
• Laundry room corner
• Walk-in closet
9. Garage or Basement
Don’t forget to consider your garage or basement for a make-shift
home office. You may need to do some temperature and lighting
control, but in the end, either could make a great office.
There are several types of room layouts for your home office. This next set of tips will help you get an idea of what yours might
10. Corner Layout
The corner-layout is great if you need to share your room with
something else: Here’s a diagram:
11. U” Layout
The “U” Layout is great for giving you lots of room. Here’s a example of a U Layout diagram below:
12. “T” Layout
A “T” Layout is great for sharing your home office with another person.
13. Shared Room
Remember that when you share your home office with another room, like a bedroom, living room or kitchen, it’s important to find a way to separate your office from the other part of the room. If you can’t afford a partition, get creative with backs of couches or home-made curtains.
ON A TIGHT BUDGET
Not all of us can afford to go out and buy new office furniture. This next set of tips will give you some creative ideas about building your
home office on a shoe-string budget.
14. Use Things You Already Have
Start by looking around for things that you already have. Go through your attic, garage or storage unit. You’ll be surprised at what you find you already have.
15. Build Your Desk
Need a custom-made desk for a tight space? Build one! You’ll be
surprised at what you can do with three sturdy pieces of wood and
some nails. I’m sure the employees at your local hardware store can give you some great tips as well.
16. Second Hand Stores
Second hand stores are great places to find gently-used furniture. If you can’t find what you need on your first visit, keep going back
every few days. If you’re persistent, you’ll find just what you
17. Garage Sales
Don’t forget about garage and yard sales. Many treasures are
found every week at these. Just start early one Saturday,
newspaper in hand, and hit as many as you can. You’re bound to
find something for your home office.
18. Swap With Friends
It’s fun to ask a friend if they want to swap furniture with you.
Maybe that ugly end-table in your garage is just what she’s been
looking for. And maybe the desk gathering dust in her basement is
exactly what would work great in your home office.
19. Coffee Cans and Flower Pots
Look around your home for things that you can use to hold smaller
things like pens, pencils, and paperclips. Coffee cans, flower pots,
and small boxes work great.
20. Visit Professional Offices
Be sure to visit professional offices to see if they are
redecorating. Quality hotels redecorate guest rooms every 4 or 5
years. They’ll sell their old furniture to you dirt cheap.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to buy new furniture, you need to be sure that it’s the right kind. This next set of tips will give you some questions that you should answer before buying.
21. Is it Easy to Assemble?
Does it come already assembled, or is it quite simple to assemble?
What tools will you need? Are the instructions in English and easy
to read and follow?
22. Will it Last?
Does the furniture you’re buying have a warranty? Is it sturdy and
strong? Is it real wood or particle board? Look close, because
sometimes they’ll trick you and put a thin layer of veneer over
the particle board to look like wood.
23. Is it Safe?
Look at your furniture from top to bottom and make sure it’s safe.
Look for things like:
• Sharp corners
• Position of nails
• Smoothness (no slivers)
Does it Need to be Portable or Versatile?
Do you need to be able to tuck things away when you’re not using
them? For instance, a small desk on wheels that you can roll into
a corner, or a desk that can be shut up into an armoire are two
25. Is Your Desk and Chair the Right Height?
Make sure your desk and chair are the right height for you. Sit in
the chair at the store, then put the chair up to the desk. Make
sure your feet are comfortably on the floor, and the desktop is at
a good distance to work from.