Some years ago the thought of working from home was a vision of the distant future, well that future has arrived. You may be interested in a home office because you are starting a home business, your job agreed to let you work from home or you just need a place for household paperwork such as paying bills, doing taxes or surf the web in a nice environment.
No matter what type of home office you want to create, a pull down desk in your kitchen or a fully furnished set-up, it should have comfortable, logical design that makes it easy to do business.
Here are a few tips to consider when planning and designing your Home Office:
Identifying Your Needs
Before you begin to spend thousands of dollars on a home office, take a moment to think what its primary use will be. Do you need a space to connect with the outside world via fax, computer and phone? Do you want a quite space to work on a presentation? Or would you simply like a comfortable space for you and the kids to surf the internet, play computer games or work on a project? Answering these questions is the most important step of the planning process. Once you’ve indentified your needs make a list of necessities, including furniture, equipment, accessories, phone lines according to the work you plan to do.
Choosing a Location
A home office can be located pretty much anywhere in your house: Kitchen, basement, attic, spare bedroom, closet, the space under your stairway or even a large closet. Now that you select the space keep in mind the following elements:
– Square footage: Is helpful to measure and compare different rooms in your house according to the list of necessities.
–Access: If you are having clients going to your office it might be better having a separate entrance, while a family office might best be located in the living room.
– Power Supply: Adequate wiring and outlets cab be critical, make sure you have a plan before hiring an electrician.
– Lighting: When choosing location think natural light first and artificial second. We work better with the presence of sunlight; it will give you a psychological boost.
-Environment. Ideally the location you choose should have windows. If you are considering a non-living space like a garage or attic, take into account heating, ventilation or air conditioning.
– Noise level: Make sure the noise level is acceptable; evaluate the level during the period you’ll be working.
Creating a Floor Plan
To create a floor plan make a drawing of the space you plan to set up your home office. Measure the space, and transfer those measurements to a grid paper sheet; make sure you consider any outlet, windows and any other feature in the space. Now go back to your list of necessities and make a cutout for large items, like desks, filing cabinets, chairs and tables. Try out different ideas for your floor plan by arranging and re-arranging the cutouts on the base drawing. Once you have a lay out that works now you are ready to begin selecting the furniture and equipment. This is when the fun starts, the key for success is purchasing the right sizes for each piece, you can loves a desk but if the size is not the right one you might end up with a non-functional home office.