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Space-Saving Tips…and More for your Home Office

November 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Living, Top Picks

Working from home is something more and more people want to do. To some it has plenty of advantages, like being able to start a bit later if there’s an emergency, being closer to the kids and why not closer to the lunch break.

3 Must-Obey Rules for all Successful Home Businesses

  1. Set up  a home office, no matter how small the space might be
  2. Office desks are the very centre of all businesses, home based or not, so go for one
  3. Buy a comfortable chair. You may take comfort for granted, but it’s only an ergonomic chair that can truly offer a high level of comfort. Try working on the computer for about 4 hours, sitting on a regular kitchen table. This should convince anyone.

Remember that simply buying office furniture is not enough.  There has to be a certain space that inspires creativity and productivity. Space will make furniture reveal its functionality.

So, decide where you want to set up your home office. Be imaginative. It can be a corner of your bedroom or a totally new room if you happen to have extra space. Then furnish it, but be careful.

10 Saving Tips for Setting up a Home Office

  • If you need a desk, go with natural colours or even white. Warm colours are more appropriate for a home office environment. They give the impression of space, even if you know you had to cram that desk in the room.
  • Darker colours are usually suitable for more corporate like environments
  • There are corner desks, true space savers, so you could go with this model
  • If your desk is in the bedroom, choose one with drawers and cupboards. You need to store documents and stationery
  • If you are lucky enough to have a different office room, you can choose a desk with a more special design.
  • Light is very important. Place the desk closer to the window, but make sure there’s a desk lamp as well. Why? If you work in the morning, you have plenty of natural light that saves you some pennies. Don’t forget that the radiator is usually under the window, so this is quite important in winter. If you work after the kids are asleep, the desk lamp will offer you the light you need, consuming less than the standards light bulbs do.
  • If you set your office in your bedroom, teach your children they are not allowed in there.  You can be creative and fun, design a special poster: “NO LITTLE MUNCHKINS IN THIS ROOM
  • Be honest with yourself and choose something you can afford and suits your space. Many of us would love to have a villa, but we may have to make do with a flat. Buy something that you can actually use. Measure your space before ordering the office furniture.
  • If you are not sure that your desk will stay in the same room, you may want to think of desks mounted on casters. They are easy to transport, and you can do that by yourself.
  • If you need advice, ask for it. All furniture suppliers will be happy to help you; it’s their interest to provide you with the best advice and guidance.

If you are thinking of setting up a home office, or struggling to decide on an appropriate desk, feel free to visit plan-itinteriors.

There is office furniture for all tastes and budgets, as well as more professional space planning advice.

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