Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Designing a home office for writers

One of the benefits of writing professionally is the freedom to work almost anywhere you choose. Many people enjoy writing in the comfort of their custom office workstation in their homes for a variety of reasons. You could have children with whom you'd like to spend more time, require. Texts and other resources from your personal library, or simply be expecting a package at your home. Whatever the case may be, setting up an office in your house made specifically for writing is worth the effort.

Location

Before you begin building your home office, look around your house or apartment and find a relatively quiet place where you can write. Avoid the bedroom if you can, as the proximity to a bed is not conducive to productivity. The kitchen is another place to avoid - unless you're a food critic, perhaps.

Ideally, you would want a clear and quiet space located in an extra bedroom. However, if another room is not available, then your living or dining room can serve as your office. Make sure you can permanently place your workstation here without disrupting the natural flow of the room. 

Furniture

Creating the ideal custom office workstation requires a desk, an ergonomic chair and one or more bookshelves that can hold your writing books and references. The desk need not be large and extravagant, but should be built for utility and productivity. Your chair should be comfortable enough to sit in for hours at a time. Consider investing in a small filing cabinet as well. You can store all your hard files, reference materials and any other hard copy documents related to your writing.

Computer

Whether you are a creative or technical writer, having a desk or laptop computer is a necessity. If you do not own one, research on the Internet for stores that rent or sell used electronics. Although you can still write or jot down notes without a computer, you should try to take advantage of modern technology's power and versatility.  Most modern models come with some kind of word processor that will make your rewriting and editing process much faster.

Organizational/ space saving tips

If your work area is cramped, using your space wisely can help with productivity. Lateral filing cabinets store more files than vertical ones of the same size. Only current projects should take up space on your desk. Consider using a dry erase board to track your assignments, deadlines and finished articles. 

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

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