The home office has become a ubiquitous feature for many of today’s busy families.
As more employers offer flexible work arrangements, many parents enjoy working from home full- or part-time. Or perhaps you need a dedicated space for surfing the internet, paying the bills or writing the great American novel.
Whatever you aspire to accomplish in your home office, you can design a functional and stylish space that suits your needs quickly and easily.
Step 1: Layout and Select Home Office Furnishings
Laying out your office is the hardest part of the process, and certainly the most important. Focus on the tasks you will work on and decide how much space you need. If you will only spend a few hours each week at your desk, your setup doesn’t have to be elaborate.
But, if you will be using your home office daily for formal work tasks, indulge in a spacious layout that emphasizes comfort and good design. In addition to your desk and task chair, be sure to include versatile storage solutions, book shelves and seating for visitors. If you will meet clients – and if space permits – you may want to consider adding a small table and chairs.
If you aren’t sure about your layout, call or come in and let one of our professional interior designers assist you. All we’ll need is an accurate set of measurements for your space. We can experiment with layouts and browse the many office furnishings options we offer.
Step 2: Pick Perfect Accessories for Your Home Office
You’ll want to seek a nice balance with your home office. That means incorporating a mix of function and style.
On the practical side, you may need a desk set, blotter, file baskets or trays and a nice clock. Give some careful consideration to what types of tech accessories you need also, so you can run your cords and wires before your home office furniture goes into place.
To keep your space from feeling completely utilitarian, you will also need some decorative accessories.
Choose wall art that inspires and delights you. Select a few coordinating frames – hanging or standing – for your photos as well. Finally, pick a few decorative pieces that you love. Whether you prefer plants, bowls, vases or tabletop sculpture, this is your chance to create your ideal workspace.
Step 3: Choose Your Home Office Lighting
Don’t make lighting an afterthought in your new home office space.
You will need task lighting for your desk, which can be in the form of a desk lamp, a focused pendant or spotlight fixtures. If you have secondary workspaces, be sure they are also appropriately illuminated.
Ambient lighting may best be achieved with overhead fixtures. You could even consider adding a statement fixture in the center of the room to tie your design theme together. Finally, don’t forget to add some decorative lighting accents to the room. Sconces and floor lamps are perfect for a working environment.
Guild Hall Home Furnishings, located in Salt Lake City UT, represents some of the finest furniture lines available today. Our professional design staff is available to assist you in our showroom, or we can provide consultation services at your location. Stop in today to browse our collection of distinctive home furnishings, accessories and lighting. We look forward to helping you create the home office space you deserve.