What to Include When Designing Your Home Office

March 27, 2013

For some homeowners, all that’s needed for a home office is one end of the kitchen table to take care of miscellaneous tasks. However, for many, a home office serves many uses. It isn’t only a place to work, it’s also a place to have some alone time, a place to focus and concentrate, and, at times, even a place to relax. When it comes to designing your custom home office, tailoring it to your needs will be the primary goal.

Cover All the Necessary Functions

If you work from home or have a flexible schedule to work remotely, then you’ll need a home office that provides you with every bit of function that your job requires. Computers, internet access, printers, possibly a fax machine, desk space, shelf space, filing cabinets, a great desk chair, and possibly chairs for visitors are all definite necessities in a modern office. Think about what you’ll need in every aspect of your job to be successful and then make sure your home office covers all the necessary functions.

Personalize the Design

Just because your home office is an office doesn’t mean you have to be trapped in corporate chrome and glass, unless that’s your particular style. Corporate chrome and glass can create a light and airy office area, but it may not be for everyone. You might find hardwoods and leather or even period luxury, such as the 20s or 50s, is the environment you find most conducive to efficient progress. When you have the opportunity to design your dream home office, you can personalize all of the details to fit your tastes and work style.

Take Advantage of Flexible Rooms

If you don’t need to have a space constantly dedicated to being an office, you might be able to move around. With wireless internet connections, wireless TV connections, and the proliferation of cell phones as the main phone, no special wiring is necessary for a home office – the only real requirement for most home offices is electrical connectivity. If you know you’d prefer to be able to move around and have a different “home office” every now and then, you can design several other rooms of your home to be flexible for multiple uses. If all you need is a place to sit and an internet connection, your opportunities for a more dynamic office space at home are endless.

This means building in the functionality of your home office is easy so creating the rest of your office around your main work area becomes more a matter of form. You can bring in the styling cues you want and still have the functionality you need, giving you an office design that will be the best of both worlds. When designing your home office, you don’t have to settle or cut corners – you can get exactly what you want and need.