Whether you work from home full-time, on an occasional basis, or just like to have a place to keep track of household lists and bills, many people can benefit from a home office overhaul. It’s easy to blur the line between a home office space and the rest of the home, but this room should have everything you need to get down to business – nothing more, nothing less.
Here are some tips for how to improve your home office space by creating an organized and functional space that makes you more productive.
Benefits of a Spruced-Up Home Office
One of the biggest problems with home offices is that they tend to become cluttered and filled with non-office items that spill over from the rest of the house over time. However, it is important to keep this room only for its intended purpose – to keep track of important documents, have a focused place to work, or maintain a sense of professionalism while doing important tasks. In a clean and organized environment, you’ll be able to process more information, create amazing results, and feel less overwhelmed when deadlines loom over you.
Carefully Choose Your Desk
When setting up a new home office or renovating your current one, we recommend starting with the desk since it will be the focal point for your work. If you plan to work regularly on a laptop or desktop computer, consider the Edge Water Computer Desk in Estate Black for a classic look or the Kylie Computer Desk in Dark Taupe for a modern and minimalist look. Depending on the layout of your room, you may want a corner desk or a desk with a built-in hutch for extra storage.
Get an Ergonomically Designed Desk Chair
The desk chair you choose for your home office makes a huge difference in your productivity and how you feel working on long days. Leather executive chairs, such as the Delson Black Foam Padded Executive Office Chair, are popular and comfortable options for home offices. Meanwhile, mesh-backed chairs, like the Loft Mesh Office Chair, are ergonomically designed to support your back and come in fun colors to breathe some life into your office space.
Use Cabinets and Storage to Reduce Clutter
Clutter is one of the biggest productivity-killers in a home office, so get those extra papers off your desk and into filing cabinets. Forget those ugly metal structures from outdated corporate offices because we offer beautiful cabinet designs, like the Calistoga File Cabinet that has locking file drawers to accommodate both legal- and letter-sized papers and the Shoal Creek Filing Cabinet in Jamoca Wood.
Have an Appropriately Sized Bookcase
Home offices are also great places to display your book collection, either as reference materials or just for casual reading. To give your home office a modern and unique touch, consider creatively shaped bookshelves, like our Santa Monica Circle Bookcase and Florence Bookcase in Espresso. If you have a lot of books that need a good home, choose from our larger bookshelves, such as the Barrister Lane Wide Bookcase in Scribed Oak.
Give Your Lighting a Boost
Lighting also makes a big difference in how productive or sleepy you feel while working in your home office. Choose indirect lighting sources rather than overhead lights, task lamps for things that need intense focus, and add decorative lights to enhance the aesthetics of your room. Also, let as much natural light in as possible to keep you awake and alert throughout the day. For home offices, we love the Black 3-Light Arc Floor Lamp for indirect lighting, Modern Marble and Metal Table Lamp for desk tasks, and Luminary Floor Lamp for aesthetic flair.