Tips for Designing Your Home Office

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Whether your home office is a remote workspace or a designated space for running a business, your office should be designed to be functional and comfortable.

Home OfficeAn efficient home office should have three activity areas:
• Work Center – includes your workspace, computer, printer/scanner, and other frequently-used office products.
• Reference Center – includes industry books, binders, manuals, and materials.
• Supply Center -includes office and paper supplies, such as paper, stapler, paper clips, and more.

When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays, and cords. Don’t block access to drawers or take up legroom with tangled cords. Don’t forget to label the cords that connect different components to each other, as well as the cord to the electric supply.

Bundle wires together to cut down on cord clutter. For example, keep computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires. Use a surge protector for all electronic equipment. Check the back to make sure it’s UL listed and is a transient voltage surge protector.


Your Home Office Workspace

Home offices need a clear work area, with adequate space for computer hardware and peripheral equipment, file cabinets and office supplies, and paper. Make sure your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.

It’s easy to let papers pile up in your home office. Get control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Go through every piece of paper in your office by using this simple system – Toss it or shred it, file it, or take action from it.

Albrite Building can assist you with designing and building the perfect workspace! Custom shelving, lighting, and more.


Office Furniture

Home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house. If your home has traditional decor, you may want to carry out the theme in your office – warm wood and soft, comfy chairs. A contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.

Position your desk where you can look at something more interesting than a blank wall when you glance up from the computer. A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.

You spend hours in your office chair, so make sure it is ergonomically correct. A comfortable chair can save your back and is worth the investment.


Office Walls

Paint the walls a color that you love.
You may want to consider a color that gets your work motor going. For some people, that’s a bright, cheery color and others need a calming shade.


If you need help with your home office, contact Albrite Building today at 630.655.9436. From pre-construction to post-construction, we strive to provide our clients with the highest quality contracting services. Albrite Building is located at 777 Oakmont Lane, Suite 50, Westmont, Illinois 60559.