A computer and a place to work is often all a person needs to start working from home. That “place”, can vary from sitting on the couch with a laptop, to a desk in the corner of a room, to an extravagant outbuilding separate from the main house. The most important thing about a home office is that the worker should feel comfortable and productive, no matter what the environment is.
Contemporary Home Office Exterior Design
The personality of the work at home individual will come into play when deciding where to set up a home office. A mom may need to be close to the kids and will set up the office in or near the kitchen or family room. Sometimes taking a corner of a room, or just a corner of the kitchen table. A person that needs a quite working environment may require an office separate from the high traffic areas of the house.
Set up the working space so that home office is comfortable for the worker. Paint the walls a favorite color. Keep pictures of family, friends, and pets in small frames on or around the desk. Maybe keep a scented candle burning nearby or some incense. Try a vase of fresh cut flowers or a small flowering plant to brighten the area and bring a little bit of the outside, inside. Place a bulletin board and or a white board on the wall to keep important information in easy view. A file cabinet or desk draw will keep other papers that do not need to be as readily available, but still can be accessed easily.
When home office space is limited, a room divider can be used to separate the work area from the rest of the room. A large bookcase can double as storage for the worker and a room divider, or a folding room divider can be used that have lights, pockets or shelves for storage, or other unique characteristics. Or, the space can be left open so the worker doesn’t feel isolated.