Home Office Design
by H. Iacobacci-Miller
If you're like many people these days, you need some type of home
office space. Having a home office is no longer just for those working
from home. A home office is the ideal space for conducting personal
business like paying bills, researching the internet, as well as
providing storage for things like files, pens, and paper. It also
provides a perfect workspace for children to study and do their
With this in mind, the problem becomes finding a space for your
home office. You don't have to use up an entire room for an office
that looks - well - like an office. Home offices can be workspaces
tucked away in a large closet, writing desks nestled in the kitchen
or in the corner of your family room or guest bedroom. There are
a multitude of workspace options to choose from so don't box yourself
into the conventional office arrangement. For your home office,
keep in mind both Style and Function.
Before getting started on your home office, there area few things
to consider in regards to the function:
- What is the purpose of the space - how will it be used.
- Where will your home office fit - take a look around with an
open mind and you might be surprised at where a home office can
- Who will be using the space? If it's primarily your children,
think about putting it in their room. If it's a family space,
make it accessible for everyone.
- How often will the space be used - this can help you decide
where to put your office. You don't want your family invading
your bedroom just to send an email.
- Is there a telephone line and electrical outlet nearby? You
don't want cords strewn across a floor. Not only is it not attractive,
it's a potential hazard.
Once you have answered those questions, start thinking about design:
- Do you have the space for a full desk?
If not, use a computer armoire to hide the office when not in
use. Not only will it hide the potential desk clutter, it will
be an added interest in any room.
- Will your space be in a high traffic area, like the kitchen
or den? You want your office space to be an extension of your
home. You don't want a contemporary desk in the corner of your
traditional family room.
- How will you handle storage? Will shelves work or will you want
to hide the workspace equipment when not in use?
- Don't forget proper lighting!! The use of task lighting can
be a decorative statement as well as being functional.
- Do your best to hide those unsightly cords with conduit material
or strategically placed accessories.
you're looking to add a home office space, but don't have the budget
to buy all new office equipment and furniture, look around your
home for an unused table that can be converted into your new desk.
Use lamps and other accessories from other rooms in your home to spruce
up your office space. You don't have to buy all new items to have
a beautiful, functional workspace.