If you are about to set up your home office and you want it to be the ideal space to work, feel comfortable and have order, here are some tips that can help you.
1. Location is the key:
You'll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don't stiff yourself on space (e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room).
2. Don't Sacrifice Form for Function:
Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
3. Invest in a Great Chair:
You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.
4. Paint the Walls a Color You Love:
Forget "office beige": You need a color that gets your work motor humming. For some people, that's a bright, cheery color like orange or lime green. Others need a calming shade like botanical green or sea foam blue to perform.
5. Give Yourself a View:
Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you do love the color) when you glance up from the computer. A window's natural light is ideal, but if you're in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.
Let us know if these tips were useful to you when setting up your home office.