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Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Interior Design, Multitasking, Summer 2010 | 0 comments

Creating space for a home office

Creating space for a home office

By Glodeane Brown, Avenue Road Interiors

With work demands increasing and with more and more women going the route of the entrepreneur, the home office has become increasingly common. Whether you need a space to complete work you’ve brought home from the office or your business is home based, creating an organized, efficient space to work is important.

Selecting an Area and Space Planning

Glodeane Brown

Glodeane Brown, Avenue Road Interiors

Ideally, a spare bedroom would be the best place for a home office. You can close the door and close out distractions. Keeping your home life and your business life separate establishes boundaries and increases productivity. If a spare bedroom is not an option, a section of your basement or part of a family or living room may be suitable. If possible, separate your office area from the rest of the space by using decorative screens or curtains that coordinate with the room.

Once you have selected the space that suits your needs, you will need to do some space planning. Measure the room or area that you want to use and draw a floor plan. This will let you know exactly how much room you have to work with and will help you to choose office furniture that will fit into your space.

Furniture and Storage

You will be multitasking and you should try to select furniture that does the same. Multi-functional pieces that provide task and storage space will cut down on the amount of furniture you need to buy and will take up less room. You will be spending a lot of time in your office, so your furniture needs to be comfortable and ergonomic. Your needs will differ depending on the type of work you do, but the basics are: a desk that can accommodate your computer, printer and telephone, storage for important files and books, and an office chair. A proper office chair will provide back support and prevent backaches and fatigue.

Lighting

This is a very important area of creating a home office that people often tend to overlook. The right lighting will prevent headaches and eyestrain. Ideally, you need a mix of natural, indirect and task lighting. If there are windows in your space, use the natural light to your advantage. If glare is a problem, you can put translucent blinds or sheers on your windows. You can incorporate overhead lighting such as pot lights or ceiling fixtures, while task lighting can be incorporated by using adjustable desk lamps or freestanding floor lamps.

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