The first step in home office design is to make sure you carefully evaluate every room and ask yourself a few questions:
Will you actually work in this area?
Will distractions be kept to a minimum?
Is there ample lighting?
Is there enough room for all of your equipment, files, and supplies?
Are there enough electrical outlets?
Would it be difficult to run a phone line and Internet access into this space?
By answering these questions, you will identify the best space for a home office.
Functional home office furniture should fit home décor
Invest in functional office furniture that fits the décor of your home. Whether you want a simple writing desk with a lap drawer for supplies, or a large desk with drawers for supplies and files, determine whether the piece is functional, and whether it matches your décor. When purchasing home office furniture, look for an ergonomically correct desk and chair as well as a bookcase to store reference and business books.
If you have limited home office space, or you need to “close up shop” at the end of the day, a computer cabinet or a computer armoire with enough space to house your office equipment is ideal. Plan ahead by measuring your space before you buy any new office furniture, making sure it will fit through a doorway or stairway.
What type of desk arrangement works best for you?
Choosing a desk arrangement that best suits you is an important part of the home office design process. Decide which of the five basic desk furniture arrangements for your home office is best for you: L-shape, Parallel, U-shape, corner, or reverse corner arrangement. The L-shaped work area allows you to store equipment off your desk and move it onto a secondary surface; the U-shaped work area makes it simple to keep everything within reach on three surfaces; the parallel layout positions your desk facing into the room with your secondary surface behind you; the corner arrangement and reverse corner arrangement include a desk with returns on each side. The desk faces into the corner or out into the room.