Recent times have shown the value of working from home, and choosing the right furniture helps you enjoy maximum comfort while achieving the same level of efficiency as any corporate building. A few well-placed pieces will enhance your stay-at-home experience, whether it’s temporary or you’re switching to telecommuting permanently. To help you put together a functional, productive space that’s also pleasing to the eye, here’s a closer look at what to do—and what to avoid.
Create a work environment that supports your productivity as if you’re away from home. Hide computer cables, arrange furniture, and adjust the lighting to treat the space like a true office. Eliminate distractions while working, such as family members conversing or the TV playing. When you host sleep-in guests, tell them in advance about your work-at-home schedule so they can plan accordingly.
If your guest room or dining room is vacant most of the time, consider using it as your home office for more privacy. Dedicating and furnishing a room as a permanent workplace can even make you eligible for a tax deduction.
Design your office like your home.
Whether your home contains classic, modern, or contemporary furniture, design your office space to complement the big picture. Install furnishings that fit your decor, especially if your workplace is not in a separate, closed-off area. To help it stand out just enough to designate it as a workspace, painting a wall a different color or placing an area rug in the center of the room will help differentiate it from the remaining living quarters while still remaining in sync.
Skimp on the essentials.
Invest in a well-made, ergonomically designed chair and desk. Your chair should feature height adjustments and provide ample spinal curve support. A good desk provides sufficient clearance for your feet, thighs, and knees while offering enough surface space to keep computer equipment and frequently used items within easy reach.
Forget the storage accessories.
Maximize the use of space and plan where to place the items you need with you, such as documents, pens, and notes. An office credenza or shelves with stacked baskets or trays may help minimize desk clutter and keep you organized. Storage cubes of different colors and textures are another way of itemizing binders and holding books.
Set up your home office with furnishings and creative guidance from BOVA Contemporary Furniture. Based in Cincinnati, OH, near Dayton, this family-owned furniture store has offered a wide selection of professionally crafted pieces since 1985. As the largest contemporary furniture store within 100 miles, it features eye-catching pieces that complement homes and offices. Learn more about their inventory by visiting them online or calling (513) 247-9100. To view what they offer from the comfort of your home, take a virtual tour of the store.