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Designing an Efficient Home Office

Designing a highly efficient home office is simple and can be accomplished by following this easy step-by-step home office design procedure.

The productivity of the home worker is directly related to the efficiency of the home office. When working entirely from home, the home office should be designed and equipped just as any other office workspace, sparing no expense. One of the most significant benefits of the home office is the worker’s complete control of the office layout, making for a more comfortable and potentially more productive work space if designed correctly.

Designing a highly efficient home office is simple and can be accomplished by following this easy step-by-step home office design procedure.

 Choose the Home Office Location

There are multiple placement options for the home office, each different from home to home. Typically the home worker will choose to place the home office in the basement, garage or attic. These are all poor choices for home office placement for several reasons.

First, in most cases none of these locations are heated and cooled by the homes Heating and Air Conditioning system. Comfort is crucial to be a productive home worker, and with no climate control this can lead to extreme discomfort in the winter and summer. In addition to the worker discomfort, the extreme fluctuations in temperature can result in poor performing equipment and even damage to home office equipment such as computers.

Second, these home office locations generally have insufficient or poor lighting. These locations also rarely have large exterior windows, which provide good lighting and serve as an excellent inspirational source. Adequate, crisp lighting reduces strain on the eyes and prolongs the onset of fatigue. The presence of the outside facing window provides a calming effect for the home office worker, and gives a sense of freedom that the standard office cubical denies.

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The best location for the placement of the home office is in a spare, unused room in the house. This room should be bare from wall to wall, free of any storage items, excess furniture or anything else that can get in the way or cause distraction to the home office worker. The room should be well lighted and have an exterior facing window.

Choose the Home Office Equipment

Selecting the appropriate equipment for the home office is a process that varies according to the nature of the work to take place in the home office. The example (below) lists the typical home office requirements for a successful freelance writer.

Example:

Freelance Writer Equipment Requirements

Desktop Computer

  • High Speed Processor
  • Large RAM
  • 1TB+ Hard Drive
  • Word Processing Software
  • Digital Imaging Software

High Resolution LCD Monitor

Comfortable Keyboard

High Quality Full Color Printer

High Speed Full Color Copier

High Resolution Document Scanner

High Speed Modem

Media Player or Radio

The home office equipment requirements for a freelance writer will differ from the home based stock trader or the home based graphic designer. Different applications will require additional equipment such as fax machines, land based telephone systems, multiple external monitors, webcams and more. The home worker should consider the nature of their work when deciding on the best equipment for their home office, and equip it appropriately.

Choose the Home Office Furniture

Home Office DeskThere are a number of factors to consider when choosing furniture for the home office, beginning with budget and personal style, to the available space and functionality.

Begin by creating a layout of the home office space. Measure the space or room that will be used as office space and plot it on the layout. Consider what storage requirements will be necessary for stationery, ink, and general supplies. Next, consider what the storage requirements will be for books, manuals and media. Finally, determine the necessary desk space for the computer system, printers, scanners, phones, etc. Add the appropriate dimensions for each to the home office layout.

Once the layout is complete, proceed to the local office furniture retailer with the completed home office layout and a tape measure. Choose a desk that is sufficient in size for all the equipment and one that is comfortable to the home office worker. Be sure to measure the desk of choice and confirm it will easily fit in the home office space.

The desk may be the most important piece of home office furniture, the chair comes in a close second. Selecting the appropriate chair for the home office should not be taken lightly. In most cases the home office worker will spend 40+ hours per week in the chair, so it is essential that the home office has a comfortable chair with sufficient back support.

With the desk setup complete and logged on the home office layout, there should be a clear picture of how much room remains for bookshelves, file cabinets and storage. Choosing the remaining furniture is dependent on the specific needs of the home office worker, but should not exceed remaining floor space according to the home office layout.

Set Up and Organize the Home Office

The location has been established, the equipment purchased and the furniture has been delivered, now it is time to build the efficient home office. Placement of furniture and storage should be in close proximity the home office desk and work station. The primary work station or desk should be adjacent to the exterior facing window, opposite the direction of incoming sunlight. The glare on the computer monitor caused by direct sunlight can be too much in some situations and should be avoided. Place storage and bookshelves within reach of the desk, eliminating the need to move across the room to retrieve necessary documents or references. And finally, remove any and all clutter or unnecessary items from the home office. A good place for these items would be those places mentioned earlier (basement, attic, garage).

Following these simple steps can provide the home worker with a highly efficient home office, and a more productive work from home experience.

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Comments (5)

Voted up. Great

Thank you!

I am not really good at interior designing or even arranging furniture in the house. Your article gave us a great idea on how to start a home office design and the important factors that should be considered. You have shared your idea with this perfect article of yours. Keep it up! Thanks, voted and shared.

Home office is something which is basic requirement of every successful businessman becasue they spend a considerable amount of time at thier home office. So, this is really necessary that your home office have nice Interior Designing which makes a person feel happy while working.

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