The term “home office” refers to an office that is based inside of a home. Most small business owners or even entrepeneurs are probably extremely familiar with this type of workspace because it is a convenient way to telecommunte and handle business outside of the standard nine to five. A pretty typical home office usually consists of a desk or work area, office seat, computer and telephone, and of course filing cabinets or storage space.
Because there are so many people working from home these days the home office has gained a great deal of popularity since its first real introduction in the 90s with the internet boom.
The design of a home office should be developed to functionally satisfy the kind of work that is done in the space. It should work well for the person using it and should be able to facilitate efficiency as a worker.
First, allow a sufficient amount of space for work to be had. Ideally, we would suggest allotting a seperate room solely for the use of office space. This will enable someone to have complete functional space and privacy without interruption or distraction. Of course, an entirely different room isn’t always an option for some people–when this is the case, even a small section of a living space or guest room can always suffice. We suggest designating a space you feel comfortable and not so confined. (working in a shoe box is never good for one’s mental state)
Next, select from the variety of office setups that best suits you.
There is the U-shaped arrangement, which keeps everything within reach and is most desirable in larger office spaces.
The L-shaped arrangement on the other hand, allows a secondary workspace, which helps to feel as though you have two comfortable workspaces.
The V-shaped arrangement is much like the U, but with a smaller work area for your computer. The “wings” are surfaces you can use to stack notes and other gadgets, such as the phone, fax and copy machines, or any other device desired.
Always remember that the office furniture you choose should fit the office arrangement you select, and should never overpower the size of your overall space. Remember, if space is limited–smaller, lighter, and moveable furniture is the best direction to go in. Avoid heavy and large pieces that will make the office tight and difficult to work in.