Best Decorating Tips for Your Home Office
With so many people working from home or simply seeking a quiet space to pay bills, creating a functional home office is imperative. When setting up your office space consider your particular needs, budget and personal taste. It should enhance your efficiency and productivity as well as reflect a pleasing design that blends with the rest of your home decor.
Determine the Location
Do you have a dedicated room for a home office? If so, that's great. However, many home offices are shared with another space like a basement or spare bedroom. You can even set up an office in your garage or in a backyard storage shed provided it has adequate insulation and adequate heating and cooling. Once you've determined your home office location, you can get down to furnishing and accessorizing the space.
Pick a Color Scheme
If you're color challenged or just pressed for time, make a trip to your local home improvement center and head straight for the paint department for color inspiration. Not only do they have racks and racks of paint chips to tempt you, most paint manufacturers include in-store and online images of interior color schemes to get your creative juices flowing.
These idea cards include all the paint names and product numbers necessary to achieve a pulled together look. This no hassle color planning is a huge time saver and gives you options you may never have considered. Just remember most colors look more intense on your wall than on the paint chip. Play it safe by going a shade lighter to avoid overpowering your home office.
Save with Secondhand Furniture
Furnishing a home office typically takes up the biggest part of the budget. Keep expenditures to a minimum by checking out secondhand furniture sources. Start by choosing your desk and chair. These are the two most important components of a home office.
Don't skimp when it comes to choosing an office chair. It is an investment in your health. Your chair should be ergonomically designed to take care of your spine, lower back and legs. You can find good deals on pre-owned or close-out office chairs--just make sure to try them out before buying.
Purchase secondary furniture pieces as your budget permits. Don’t worry about exact matches in color and finishes. As long as a bookcase, filing cabinet and credenza have similar lines and styling they will give your office a coordinated appearance. Look for furniture in good condition and made from quality materials.
Where to Look for Previously Owned Office Furniture
Where to Look
What You'll Find
Used Office Furniture Store
Usually a large selection but you will pay a bit more.
A company that has closed an office will often sell its furniture to the public.
Sometimes you can find fun vintage furniture pieces.
Garage or yard sales
Check listings of sales in your area to look for specific items you need.
Excellent source for quality office furniture.
eBay and craigslist
Lots of office furniture. Check often because good deals go fast.
Create Unique Office Storage
Setting up a home office comes with the struggle for extra storage space. If you don't have ample floor space consider going up. Shelving, cabinets or baskets can be affixed to your wall for additional storage that doesn’t eat into valuable square footage.
Convert a small closet into your office “supply room”. Remove the door or bi-folds and install several tiers of sturdy shelving across the entire width to hold the supplies you don’t use every day. If you’re lucky enough to have an electrical outlet in the closet, think about relocating your wireless printer and fax machine to the closet as well.
Use Upcycled Desk Organizers
If you’ve shopped for desk accessories lately, you know they can be pretty uninspiring. Repurposing items by giving them a new life will inject much needed personality into your office.
Upcycle anything from baskets, small vases, tea cups, floral frogs, vintage jars, small dishes and even old furniture springs as a home for your pencils, paperwork, paper clips, notes, stamps and spare change. You can even use a retro napkin holder as a mail caddy.
Choose Accessories Carefully
Here again, you can use your imagination and choose items that speak to you. Travel souvenirs, your vintage camera collection or a grandma’s silver tea service will add a touch of individuality to your office--it also makes your office feel more like an extension of your home, rather than a utilitarian space. Avoid too much clutter--edit your treasures and showcase a few in a special spot.
Incoporate Wall Art
Like accessories, art helps to personalize a space. Whether it’s your own photography, paintings or a few vintage reproduction posters, artwork adds excitement, color and interest to bare wall surfaces. Don’t forget incorporate a message board to serve a dual purpose. You can post important reminders plus special photos and small pieces of ephemera.
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