So you’re thinking about working from home, and want to know what you need to make your own home office? Well, you’re certainly not alone, as 5.2 percent of people in the U.S now work from home, up from 3.3 percent two decades ago. That’s over 8 million people! However, the same way an employer may think about the layout of the office to increase productivity, you’ll need to make those same considerations when making your own office. Mistakes can make you uncomfortable, less inspired, and even make you less productive in the long run. Here are just a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid as you craft your home office:
#1. Treating it like a traditional office
Just because it’s an office, doesn’t mean it has to be bland and uncomfortable like one. There’s no reason why adding a little color and personality to your space shouldn’t be allowed; on the contrary, making your space personal can lead to more productive and creative work sessions. You’ll also need to consider comfort, since you’ll be by yourself for extended periods of time. A home office should be just that—a mix between a home and an office. We have a number of options for your work space, so be sure to check out our options to see what works best for you and your style.
#2. Not Getting Away From Distractions
The worst thing you can do when considering your home office is to not make a space for yourself. Trying to have your office in the kitchen or dining room, for example, will just lead to distractions and loss of productivity. Try to find a small space to yourself that you can use, or even use the guest room from time to time when you don’t have any guests. Just make sure you have a place you can be left alone for extended periods, so your family and friends don’t drive you crazy when you try to work.
#3. Ignoring Storage
Anyone who’s worked in a traditional office knows that a lot of work often means a lot of paperwork and items you’ll need to keep track of. The same goes for your home office, but this is often neglected or is an afterthought for most people considering a home office. Always make sure you consider storage, because clutter can lead to lost productivity because you can’t find what you need in a sea of papers and sticky notes. In addition to chairs, desks, and lighting, we also have a number of storage options to fit your design and storage needs.
Want to hear more mistakes people make when making their office, or hear what we have to offer for your office project? Call us today or visit us to see what we can do for you!Furnishing Your Home Office for Functionality and Style
Today, the number of Americans working from home is steadily increasing. According to recent data from the U.S census 5.2% of workers worked from home in 2017, or roughly translated as 8 million people. And even those who don’t officially work from home, many require an office space where important administrative duties are taken care of—taxes, bills, emails, correspondence, holiday cards, etc. So when looking to furnish your office space in your home, there are a few things to keep in mind.
What Are Your Specific Needs?
First thing is first. Before getting your office furniture, carefully consider what your needs are. That is, what kind of work will you do on the desk and office space and what kind of furniture will make that easier, more convenient, and efficient. For example, do you have a laptop or a desktop? Do you have both? How big of a monitor do you want to have on the desk surface? Are you a person that likes to extend piles of paper and files? Do you prefer more desk space or less? Here at NFL, we have small desks and large workspaces as well. Is your desk part of a credenza where you have other books and filings? Would you prefer a small rectangular shape or an L-shape desk? How many drawers do you have? Consider how much filing space or drawer space your specific work requires.
Materials & Style
There are obviously lots of options when it comes to the kind of desk you can purchase. The style of your desk or office furniture might depend on the style of the room itself. Are you looking for a dark wood or a light wood? Do you prefer metal surface or plywood? Are you looking for wood color, white, black or other shade? When it comes to style, are you looking for something classic and old-fashioned, or a more modern and contemporary look?
The Essential Office Chair
Whether you are spending eight hours a day in your home office, or a couple of hours during the weekend, comfort is probably a big deciding factor when thinking about an office chair. The office chair is an essential component of the office. Are you looking for a large cushioned chair? A computer chair? Do you need a rolling chair? Choose a chair that matches your style and needs.
Accessories for Your Home Office
An office is, of course, not only made up of the desk space but the entire room. There are many ways to furnish a functional, cozy, and comfortable office space. Other pieces of furniture that you can add to your office include lamps, sofas, chairs, and more.
Create Your Ideal Office Space with National Furniture Liquidators
Whether you are looking for a classic or modern look, National Furniture Liquidators has something for every style. Furnish your workspace in style.