Adding Charm to an Office Space


A home office has the same requirements as a traditional office away from home. They are both organized and laid out for optimum efficiency and productivity. Things that are required every day should be kept close at hand and easily accessible while lesser-used items can be stored in credenzas or file cabinets but still organized so they can be easily found when needed. The big difference comes into play when adding the charm that makes the office a pleasant place to be. Most businesses have restrictions on what can be put in an office space, whether it be a large office or a small cubicle. By keeping these guidelines in mind, you can still create a personal and useful office space.

Making Your Office a Pleasant Place to Work

If your home office is a place where you do business every day to earn a living, it will be different from that nook in the master bedroom where you pay your bills and keep track of household finances. You may take work home occasionally and that requires yet another set-up. No matter how you use your office, the space should be an attractive, pleasant place to work.

Home Office Location

The location of the office is more important if it is a place for daily business rather than an occasional need. No matter its use, any home office needs to be in a low-traffic area, preferably with a view or at least a window to keep the occupant from feeling cramped and stuck away in a closet. Lighting is equally important, not just to open things up, but to ensure there is enough light to easily perform tasks.   

Decorating for Motivation

It helps to keep going if you can occasionally look at something that means a lot to you.  A small corner of the desk can be made into an inspirational space with objects that can uplift your mood by just looking at them. These could be souvenirs from memorable trips or a photograph of your next vacation destination. Any small piece of art that especially inspires you is good choice.  Also decorate the walls with your favorite photographs and art, whatever they may be.

Organizing in a Small Space

Most home offices are on the small side, so furniture arrangement can become an issue. The more vertical storage you can take advantage of, the more floor space you will have. This will give at least an illusion of a more spacious area.

Also, arrange the office and your desk for the way you work, not just for beauty. People tend to work as either stackers or filers. The stacker makes piles to be attacked as priority dictates, while filers categorize papers and such in file folders and file them away. Shallow wire, woven or wood baskets work well for stackers. They can be numbered or named as to priority and placed on the desk in order. The filer can take advantage of cubes that stack in many configurations on a desktop or hanging shelf.

Office Furniture

Home office furniture should look similar to the furniture throughout the house.  If your personal style is more traditional, then you want to avoid the look of the cold, industrial, soulless workroom. Of course, the furniture must fit with the work to be done within it. If you need lots of technical equipment on your desk, you need some type of computer desk and a way to tame the jumble of cords associated with such equipment. Many computer desks come with intentional holes in them to pull cords away from the desktop and hide them behind the desk.

Work that is non-technical or low-tech can utilize any suitable table or desk. An absolute must for any office is a chair that is comfortable even with hours of sitting. However, a popular and increasingly available type of desk and chair is the standing model which can be adjusted for either sitting or standing while you work.

Landmark 24 Home communities offer a variety of home plans, many with either 4 to 5 bedrooms, or dens and study spaces that can be made in to a home office. Check out these livable, comfortable plans including the Brookhaven, The Colleton, and the Dayton plans with study/den options and ground-floor guest suites.