With many people working from home at least part of the time, a home office is on the wish list for lots of home buyers. Even those who don’t work from home appreciate a spot for their computer and household papers.
Here are some tips to help you create an attractive home office that you’ll actually want to spend time in:
Pretty Matters – A home office doesn’t have to be just functional — it can be pretty, too. So take as much care with the decor as you would in the other rooms in your house, making sure office furniture and accessories coordinate with wall and floor coverings.
Light It Up – If you don’t have a lot of natural light (or you’ll be working mainly in the evenings), make sure you have good lighting, particularly task lights for illuminating your desk. Include other types of lighting too, so you’ll make the room feel comfortable.
Take a Seat – It’s essential that your desk and chair are comfortable to work at, so take time choosing them. Make sure the seat and backrest of your chair are adjustable and that the height of your desk is comfortable.
Get Plugged In – Make sure there are plenty of power outlets in the room and easy Internet access. Avoid a “rat’s nest” of cables by bundling them together and tucking them out of sight.
Secret Spots – Think carefully about the kind of storage you’ll need and make sure there’s enough of it to hide away any potential clutter. Consider stackable boxes to store paperwork efficiently, and an attractive filing cabinet. Put shelves on the walls and use them to store books; add wire baskets to the shelves for documents.
Get Tacky – Put up a bulletin board for reminders and other essential information you use every day. Then you’ll avoid ugly sticky notes and random notes all over your work space.