The Secret to Designing Your Own Home Office

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You’ve arranged and decorated your home, putting care and attention into every detail. It looks perfect, and it wows your neighbours every time they visit. However, somehow it still feels incomplete. You’ve rearranged and puzzled, and then you’ve rearranged again trying to find the answer. Then it hits you: your home doesn’t have an office.

Why does your home need an office? An office gives you a quiet, convenient space to work or do projects. It also gives you an organized place to store your books and electronics. It brings a serious, hardworking note to your beautiful home.

If your home needs an office to feel complete, use the tips below to create one. You can use these tips to transform an existing room into an office, or they can help you design an office as you build a new home.

Designing the Office’s Structural Elements

You can put your office into virtually any room in your house, but that doesn’t mean that you should. You don’t want to put your office in a cramped, dark room. It should occupy a room with plenty of space and natural light. Choose a room with a large window.

After you’ve selected or designed a room with a large window, you need to make sure the room has these other elements before you turn it into an office:

  • It should have soundproofed doors with sturdy locks. You should have the ability to work here undisturbed. The locks will also give the room extra security so no one gets access to your equipment or sensitive information.

  • It should have bright, artificial lighting. When you can’t take advantage of natural light, you need bright, cheery lamps or light fixtures to replace it. Your artificial lighting should softly brighten the entire room, almost like natural light. Don’t choose little lamps that leave large, dark shadows, and don’t choose light bulbs that produce yellow light.

  • It should be wide and square rather than thin and rectangular. Imagine what the office will look like once it has furniture in it. A square room will continue to look spacious, but a rectangular one will look more cramped. But if you can make a rectangular space work, don’t be afraid to use it.

Once you’ve chosen or designed a space, you can move on to actually turning it into an office.

Choosing the Office’s Furniture

Your office furniture will do more for your the room’s design than anything else. It needs to look professional and polished, which usually means that you should find quality wood furniture. Choose a unique style with a rich colour that brings energy to the space, then purchase the following furniture items:

  • At least one desk—You may want to put two in your office if space allows. You can use one for your computer and printer, and you can use the other for paper projects.

  • At least one chair—Do you plan on having visitors in your home office? If you do, you should have at least two chairs. However, if you plan to use your office alone, you only need to purchase one. Make sure you purchase chairs that’ll support your back—you might have to sit in them for hours at a time.

  • Bookshelves—Shelves full of books make an office look scholarly and professional. If you have enough room to devote an entire wall to bookshelves, then you should definitely consider doing it.

  • A table—If you don’t add an extra desk, you should put in an extra table so you have a place to set things when you don’t want to clutter up your workspace.

  • Filing cabinets—If you’ll have to store any kind of records, you should have filing cabinets to organize them.

Once you fill a room with these furniture items, it’ll truly look and feel like an office. But you’ll have to use décor and supplies to make the space truly complete.

Decorating the Office

Don’t leave the walls bare. You can paint them different colours, or you can add artwork. Just make sure the colour you choose fits the colour of your carpet and office furniture. And don’t add distracting decorations either—make sure they look interesting, but fade into the background. Abstract decorations in neutral or calm colours (like blue) accomplish this goal better than other decorations.

Stocking the Office with Supplies

Don’t forget to fill your shelves with books or to add electronics to your office. Every office should have the following supplies:

  • A computer (this will double as a calculator, clock, and calendar, but you can also stock your office with those items separately)

  • A phone (if you don’t plan on using a cell phone)

  • A multifunction printer that will photocopy in addition to printing

  • Printer paper, stationery, envelopes, stamps, and other paper products

  • Staplers, glue, tape, and other adhesives

  • Pens and pencils

Once you’ve added these elements, you have a complete home office—and your house will feel complete. You’ll have the quiet, private space you need to pursue your own interests. So if your home needs an office, don’t wait—use these tips to create the perfect home office for your needs today.