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5 Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

Creating a home office that is functional enough for telecommuting while still fitting in with the rest of your home design can be tricky. Whether you are going to set up your office yourself or hire a professional to do the job, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
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5 Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

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Creating a home office that is functional enough for telecommuting while still fitting in with the rest of your home design can be tricky. Whether you are going to set up your office yourself or hire a professional to do the job, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

Home offices have come a long way, Much more than just the spot to pay bills, these functional rooms have been turned into full featured spaces.

1. Choose Your Office Space

A home office should be located in a quiet area of the home, away from the general traffic. It should offer some level of privacy and be comfortable. Some homeowners with limited space are choosing to build outdoor structures or convert large storage sheds (with windows) into home offices. 

2. List Your Needs

Your home office should match your needs and your wants. To get off on the right foot, make a list that includes everything that should be part of the space. For example, you will need some basic pieces of furniture, a computer, a printer, etc. Make sure to take the time to research suitable furniture. A well-built ergonomic chair will keep you comfortable, and it will last for many years. 

3. Include Ample Storage

The only way to maintain a professional environment is through organization. A cluttered chaotic home office is not only tough to work in, but it makes it more likely to loose critical paperwork, ideas and contacts. Your home office should be equipped with functional storage that is easy to maintain. 

4. Create a Lighting Plan

Without proper lighting, your eyes will get fatigued, and you may even get cranky while working in your space. Good lighting is more than just a lamp on a desk. Start with general overhead lights that illuminate your main work area, and then add in some task lights, such as floor or desk lamps that can give you more light when you need it. 

5. Don’t Forget the Little Things

Add in some plants and your favorite accessories to personalize the space and make it a nice place to work. This is your chance to create a pleasant room that really does well for you. If you are a working parent with young children at home, you might want to build in a play or rest area that will allow you to get your work done, while still keeping the kids in sight. 

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