Many people do not realise that it takes very little space to set up a functional office at home, not realising that home office furniture does not have to be of bulky steel and glass seen in many ‘traditional’ offices the world over – and which would also totally ruin the home’s décor! In fact there probably exists some small used or unused space(s) in every home which would admirably suit this need. Home office furniture can very easily be modified to fit into a reasonably large closet, having a single or double door.
Another option would be to use some unused wall space or modify an existing piece of furniture to provide the basic functions that any office furniture provides. In any case, most people use their home office to maintain records of personal finances, medical details, tax related matters, home improvements, vehicle details, etc., unless they do all their work out of the home. In which case, the space and the home office furniture required would also have to be suitably large enough to be able to support present and future needs.
First of all, it is important to decide what home office furniture you will need and whether you contemplate having to add to what you initially buy (or make yourself). The minimum items you will need are a desk, a comfortable chair, drawer space and storage areas for files, bulky stationery items, etc. It is always a good idea to take exact measurements of the available space as well as the furniture item(s) before actually purchasing them. Also, consider purchasing multi – functional storage products as they utilise space more judiciously. If you are planning to have a personal computer dedicated to work related activity, then it would be wise to keep suitable provisions in mind while selecting the home office furniture and the space for its installation.
Personalising the workspace with pictures, photos, quotes, etc. may require hanging or attaching suitable boards on the walls or the furniture. The space for the filing system should be adequate enough for additions over time – it is best to label the files with some degree of detail to prevent having to go through a whole lot of them before finding the one you want. Sorting the contents of the files 2 or 3 times a year for the same reason also helps.
Avoid stocking up on too many stationery and other items before starting to utilising the home office furniture as they will unnecessarily take up space and you may never need some of them in any case – so just keep to the essentials like paper, pens, pencils, stapler with pins, paper clips, etc. Keeping these in an organised manner in an easily accessible area of your workspace will be to your advantage.
Now that you have got the necessary bits of furniture and organised things the way you want them, it is time to get on with work and enjoy doing it from the comfort and privacy of your own home!