Making Your Work Space Work For You
Whether you’re looking to set up a complete home office, or just need a small desk or work space of your own to sit at while taking care of bills or going online, you’ll find plenty of options available to not only meet your needs, but to match your style and space as well. Read On to learn more about the latest offerings in home office furniture as well as some information and tips to help you make the most of your work space.
The Digital Age and the Home Office Boom
As lifestyles continue to change – and along with it the way that we work – the need and demand for home office furniture has risen dramatically. In fact, home office furniture has become one of the fastest growing segments in all of furniture with no signs of slowing down. Technology is the driving force behind the home office boom. The digital age has ushered in the ability to communicate instantly through email, online messaging, texting, and video conferencing. Documents, images, and film/video can be transferred to virtually anywhere in the world in a matter of moments with a mere push of a button. In turn, technology has afforded us the opportunity to essentially work from any location and has also helped to spur the age of the small business owner and self-made entrepreneurs. Put it all together and it all adds up to a huge demand for home office furniture that meets the needs of today’s consumer.
Home Office Options/Checklist
Many of us today are literally taking our work home with us, whether to keep up with our workload or because we are able to work from home on either a part-time or full-time basis. Still others are running small businesses out of their homes. Whatever the reason, with so many exceptional options available in home office furniture, it’s time to clear your computer off of the kitchen table or counter and set up a more viable workspace. Let’s start by identifying the key components and options for a successful home office and work space…….
Office Desk or Table
- Desk Chair
- Additional Storage (Cabinets/Filing Cabinets)
- Additional Seating (Chair, Loveseat, Couch, etc…)
Office Desks and Tables
The pivotal piece in putting together a home office or work space is undoubtedly a desk or table. It doesn’t matter if you’re running your own mini-corporation or if you simply need a space to sort and pay your bills or surf the internet. The point being, you need a place to set up shop and to use and keep your computer and/or printer, scanner, FAX (do people still fax?), and other office essentials. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to devote an entire room to a home office set-up, then you may want to consider a full-size, deluxe executive desk or perhaps an “L-Shaped” desk which is shaped exactly as it sounds – essentially 2 desks/tables joined together at a corner to form an “L” shape to maximize your work or writing space.
If the room/space is on the smaller side, or if you aren’t able to use a full room as your home office, then you may want to consider a more traditional, smaller-sized, writing table or computer desk,.. or a small, medium, or large leg desk. If space (or preference) dictates a need to place your home office as part of another room, such as a kitchen, den, living/family room, or bedroom, then you may want to consider a rolltop-style desk – or a desk with an attached hutch or credenza – so that you can more easily cover up or hide pens, pencils, papers, and other office supplies or work documents, or even that occasional mess leftover from a late night or long day of work. You can find desks and tables available in a variety of styles, colors and finishes ranging from natural woods to metal and glass top options.
Consider comfort and function as well as style when making your desk chair selections. Be sure to take the height of your desk or table into careful consideration while not forgetting the width of the chair in relation to the desk/table. Ergonomically, you’ll certainly want a chair with sufficient lumbar support that also provides the proper back rest and a comfortable seat. Chair designs and materials are practically limitless, including fabric, natural wood, leather, metal, and synthetic or combinations of these. Additionally, you’ll find chairs that move, roll, swivel, massage, and include height adjustment in addition to basic models.
Use them to hold your books, reference materials, paper and office supplies, or office equipment like printers, scanners, etc… as well as photos and personal items. Available in a multitude of sizes from the small to the tall and a variety of makes, finishes, and colors from natural wood choices of oak, pine, mahogany, and cherry wood to more modern and contemporary iron, metal, synthetic, and glass options.
From wall-mounted options to free-standing and even corner shelf units. Available in natural wood with a variety of finishes or metal-made with glass shelves. A perfect addition or complement to any workspace or home office.
Perfect for storing away paperwork, bills, and other important documents or to house office equipment such as printers, scanners, and more. Doors and drawers allow you to keep things hidden from sight while still keeping important items close at hand and organized. Many cabinets or filing cabinets also can be mounted on wheels or rollers so that they can be conveniently moved at any time. An endless list of styles to choose from makes today’s cabinets the perfect combination of functionality and style.
Additional Seating (Chairs, Loveseats, Couches, etc…)
If you have a dedicated room or space to set up a complete home office then you may want to think about adding some additional seating options such as chairs or even a loveseat or a full couch if space allows. This is something of greater importance if you are running a small business out of your home or apartment and occasionally have the need to have clients or customers by for meetings or presentations. You can match the style of your additional seating to the style and look of your home office desk, writing table, bookcases, and/or cabinets, or create contrast by selecting accent pieces that standout from your desk/table or other office furniture.
Brighten up your work space and add some life and light to your home office with a carefully selected and placed desk or table lamp. Floor/Standing lamps are also an excellent way to warm up your work space. Remember, insufficient lighting can cause eye fatigue and headaches and lead to vision problems.
Make sure you include quality lighting when setting up your home office space.
Not everyone has the opportunity to work from home and even those who do may not be able to dedicate an entire room to serve as an office. But, we all need a dedicated space to use our computer and to sort our mail and pay our bills, etc… Fortunately these days, there is an outstanding selection of home office furniture available to suit any needs and size restrictions. Smaller-sized home offices, or work spaces shared in the same space as a bedroom, den, or kitchen for instance, are more functional when the desk, cabinet, and other office furnishings are sized accordingly for the space/surroundings and also when the furnishings serve dual purposes; such as a bookcase to hold books, reference material, and office equipment.
From luxurious executive-style desks and home office furniture to less complex, and simpler options – including those that may require some home assembly – there are near limitless selections available in home office furniture today to meet any style, need, or budget. Best of all, home offices are fluid and can easily be changed, altered, or added to (or subtracted from). Start with a desk or table and an office chair and add a bookcase at a later time. After you evaluate and re-evaluate your needs you can later add lighting and an additional bookcase or storage or filing cabinet plus shelving and additional seating or furniture according to your needs and wishes. The great thing is that you don’t have to buy everything at once, you can take your time, evaluate you evolving needs, and develop a home office or work space over time that works best for you and your family.
Whether set up in its own room or placed in shared living space, your home office should have a balance of function and style. With endless options available in style, size, colors, and design for home office furnishings, neither function nor style will be an issue of any kind. Ideal for running your own home business or simply surfing the internet or paying the bills, home offices are quickly becoming a necessity for today’s lifestyles. Pick your space/room, choose your furniture, and you too can have a home office or work space that is functional, flexible, and fabulous!