How to Develop a Home Office

How to Develop a Home Office

These days, more and more people are working at home. There are many benefits to this. Namely, the ability to earn significant income while cutting down on the common travel related expenses. However, it is important to point out that in order for work at home ventures to be successful they must be organized. One of the ways to guarantee you stay organized is to properly develop a functional home office.

And, no, it is not all that tough to develop and devise a nice home office. In fact, you could probably convert any small room or even a portion of a larger room into an office setting. Of course, this is not a random process either. A few deliberate steps need to be taken to make sure a workspace is properly devised.

It is important to pick the right space for your home office. You do not want to select a space that is too small because that will lead to overcrowding which would lead to disorganization. Disorganization is the main thing you want to avoid when working so never undercut your productivity. Conversely, do not take too much space than you need as the unused space could be put to better use. So, how does one decide how much space will be necessary? Through defining what type of work will be performed and the volume that will be performed, the answer as to how much space is necessary will reveal itself.

It is also critical to purchase the right furniture items for a home office. A common table and chair will not cut it. They are not designed to facilitate a proper working environment. Instead, you will need a decent desk and comfortable office chair. This will make your work space more professional and more functional. Also, it will be important to purchase ancillary workspace items as well. This includes filing cabinets, lamps, and shelves. This way, the workspace becomes fully functional and able to serve various needs.

And do not assume that this type of furniture will be costly. Many functional office furniture setups can be purchased quit inexpensively and reasonably. Additionally, the office will save you a great deal of money by making your work quicker and more efficient.

It is also important to note a workspace is not just for professional venture. Taking care of household expenses, taxes, and other important business can be effectively conducted at a proper work station. That is why a home office is the perfect addition to any home.

12 comments

  • DaveG January 29, 2009 at 18:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    I dig that V-shaped desk. Where is this from?

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  • ribminster January 30, 2009 at 06:12 AMLogin to Reply →

    How to develop a home office:

    1) Pick a room that is the right size for a home office. How big? Not too big. But also not too small. I leave it to you to figure out.

    2) Buy a desk and chair. But not just any desk and chair. A NICE desk and chair.

    3) Buy other items that belong in an office.

    4) Remember you can do other stuff in your home office, like taxes.

    Thanks for those great tips!

  • Magnus Westin January 30, 2009 at 13:37 PMLogin to Reply →

    The desk in the second picture is so wrong. First, you need your
    main monitor right in front of you, not a little to the left or
    right. They are also too high up, you need to look down on the
    center of you monitor. I think the center should be some where
    around 10-15 degrees down angle from you eyes. They are also
    too far away, normally a monitory should be as far away as its
    size. If you have a 20 inch monitory, you should put it 20 inch
    in front of you. It may look cool and nice, but I can guarantee
    that if your going to be working 8 hour days at that desk you
    will get real problems with your body.

  • daveG January 30, 2009 at 13:43 PMLogin to Reply →

    I agree, but I wouldn’t set it up that way. I’d put my monitor in
    the middle in front of me, speakers and other stuff (network switches,
    mixer, etc) on the shelves.

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  • Maciek February 7, 2009 at 22:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    I think magnus is right, the desk is very bad, it pretends
    functional but it is a joke on the consumer.
    I would kill if somebody put me by it. :)
    I am designing the workstation right now, and if somebody wishes to trace the process of the proper designing take a lookat my blog
    http://maciekwojcicki.wordpress.com
    http://www.maciekwojcicki.com/
    I will begratefull for any comments and advice.

  • eau February 23, 2009 at 23:38 PMLogin to Reply →

    I feel like a good chair is the essential piece that makes my
    home office work… I bought a Leap chair from Steelcase a few
    years ago and it makes all the difference. I just recently ran
    across a great review for the chair – if you’re interested, read
    more here:
    http://www.solidsmack.com/steelcase-leap-design-process-3d-and-fabrication/

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  • Farzana July 11, 2010 at 07:38 AMLogin to Reply →

    Office space should be comfortable and according to your needs. I guess the workstaion in the 2nd pics. is just an idea you can easily evolve around the idea.