Creating the Perfect Home Office
Take Advantage of Vertical Space
One of the biggest challenges that many homeowners face when creating a home office is finding enough space for storing files and other office essentials. If you don’t have enough floor space for multiple file cabinets, installing open shelving on walls can provide the perfect solution. You can purchase inexpensive shelving at your local office supply store, or if you’re handy and have the time, you can even make your own.
Using a Closet for Office Storage
If the room in which you will be creating your office has a closet, use it as an additional storage area for office supplies, including electronics and the like. You may need to clean out the clutter that’s already there, and possibly add shelving.
Save Money on Office Furniture
If you operate a home-based business, you’re probably looking for any way to keep your costs low. Brand-new office furniture can be expensive, but you can save money by purchasing high-quality used desks, chairs and other pieces at a used office furniture or outlet store.
Unless your office is integrated into another room in your home that guests will see, such as a living room or family room, the appearance of your office shouldn’t be a big concern. And you can always cover or reupholster furniture if necessary.
Adding Visual Appeal to Your Home Office
If you do need or want to enhance the appearance of your office, there are many creative, inexpensive ways you can add a touch of design flair. For instance, you can fasten old drawer pulls to the wall to serve as hooks for eyeglasses or keys. Mismatched forks hung on the wall of a corner kitchen office can provide an interesting method for holding business cards, notes or receipts.
You can also hang decorative memo boards that allow you to display photos or other personal mementos.
*Home Office Lighting Ideas *
You’ll need sufficient lighting in your home office, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time there. To achieve the optimum lighting effect, start by taking the natural lighting conditions provided by windows and skylights into consideration. Then, create a layered effect by establishing the ideal combination of ambient (overhead), task (desk/work area) and accent (wall/floor) lighting for your unique viewing requirements.
SK Builders can provide additional ideas for transforming any area of your home into a fully functional office. We can also assist you if you need to renovate a room in your home to accommodate an office. Contact us to learn more about your home office alternatives today!