Friday, April 12, 2013

Design an effective home office

The prevalence of mobile technology enables more people to work from home than ever before. As more professionals work as independent contractors, freelancers and entrepreneurs, and as more small-business owners bring home projects, many are working out of their places of residence.

Choosing business furniture to use at home is different than choosing pieces for a corporate setting. Space is often tighter and the atmosphere is quite different. Highlighted below are four components to consider when setting up the home office.

1. Consider spacing

For some professionals, a home office is an entire room, while for others it may be an alcove or corner. Measuring available space before purchasing office furniture and making mental note of any limitation is important before purchasing. A worker with less space may want to consider getting rid of other items to make more room for office furniture or buying a screen to section off the workstation from the rest of the room.

2. Consider the work surface

Of course, one of the first pieces of business furniture an office needs is a desk, writing table or other workstation. After measuring and assessing the space, the buyer should consider whether a larger L-shaped desk or a smaller, rectangular writing station that fits in a corner will be more effective. Younger professionals who change residences regularly may want to consider purchasing more mobile office furniture, such as desks on wheels.

3. Consider a comfortable chair

An office chair is one of the most important pieces of office furniture a business professional invests in. As many people who work in an office sit for extensive periods of time, a comfortable chair that supports the worker's posture and efforts is essential. Investing in an ergonomic chair may prevent chronic conditions, such as back pain, hunched shoulders and aching muscles. Choosing a chair that supports health and productivity is well worth the investment, especially for those who are seated at the office often.

4. Consider storage space

All offices need a spot to store papers and supplies. The nice thing about a home office is the freedom to use creativity when it comes to finding storage solutions. Although a business professional may want to invest in a filing cabinet to keep documents organized, he or she may be able to come up with other solutions for creating storage space. Mounting cabinets on the wall or buying sliding bins that fit under tables may help a home office save space. 

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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