How you decorate your home office will certainly depend on the amount of space you have and your budget. The most important thing is to keep function and style in mind to make the most of your workspace.
- Before you invest in any office furniture, measure your floor space and make a solid plan. You want to make sure there is plenty of room to walk around, pull out draws and push chairs back. There's nothing worse than working in a cramped office. After all, you have to do WORK there. You need to make sure you are as comfortable as possible, so that you'll be motivated to stay and get your work done!
- If you are on a budget, there is one thing you really shouldn't skimp on and that's your desk chair. If you sit at your desk for any length of time, you want to ensure your back is properly supported. A kitchen chair will just not do if you're spending a couple hours at your desk each day. Visit your local office supply shop and get the run-down on all the available chairs. You don't have to choose the most expensive model with all the bells and whistles, but you do want to make sure you have the proper support you need.
- You also want to make sure your desk is ergonomically suited to your computer. You might need to get a monitor stand or adjust the keyboard tray. The top of your monitor should be about 2"-3" above your eye-level. You might need a monitor stand if you need to adjust the level.
- Ensure you have proper space for your printer, fax machine, phone and other equipment for your room. In fact, make a list of everything that must be in your office, so you can plan your furniture around that. If you are working with limited space, an upright shelf or cabinet might serve well to store all your equipment in one place. Taller furniture can store just as much as wider, shorter furniture, but it takes up less floor space.
- You might also choose overhead cabinets above your desk. That way, things are easy to reach and it will leave more floor space for added comfort in your office.
- Try to keep other unnecessary items out of your office. If you have children, you might set them up with a little desk to work beside you, but other than avoid, littering your office with toys and other distractions. In addition forgo the television and other adult distractions. If you work well with music, there's no harm including a CD player or radio or simply load all your CDs onto your computer for easy listening while you work.
A home office can be a great thing, but try to keep it as uncluttered as possible and keep your space dedicated to working only. That will help you be most productive during your work time.