Creating a space at home for doing office works can save time and money. You do not need to go outside to finish the take-home projects or preparing a presentation. Home office also benefits full-time freelancers. With proper preparation and mindful furniture placement, a home office can create the perfect working environment. Here is how to do it.
Listing your crucial inventory
Instead of thinking what furniture you are going to buy for your home-office, start writing down a list of the essential items for your job. It will prevent you from buying unnecessary table, chair, or desk.
Your home-office is intended for professional purposes. Everything in there must be functional and practical to help you to do your job. Unused items or storage containers increases the chance for you to misplace things and cause a distraction.
Remember that working from home is good in many aspects, but one of the downsides is that the lack of surveillance may cause you to take an assignment for granted. Distraction such as empty storage which needs to get filled with items on the desk justifies procrastination.
You need to make a clear-cut list of the items you need, together with what and how you are going to use them. The list will affect your decision when buying the furniture.
Deciding what furniture matches the listed inventory
For typical office need, the must-have furniture is a chair, a desk, a file cabinet, and a bookshelf. For this requirement, you should look for the best computer chair. Do not take the chair lightly because it can affect significantly to your productivity. Remember that painful backache you have had because of the overwork? There is a high chance it was because you were sitting on a poorly designed chair, which has no attention whatsoever on the user’s health. Additional items may include a whiteboard or a projection screen.
For a designer, extra desks might be necessary. One is useful for storing unused picture, and the other is for drawing.
A writer might need big boards on the wall to do the mind mapping and tracing patterns on written sources. Extra bookshelves also need to be put in consideration.
For extra aesthetic, perhaps you want to follow Japanese room style, where the table is small, short, and very close to the floor. Then, in this case, buying a chair is not necessary, but the floor should be made of the most comfortable and soft material. The ceramic floor will hurt your feet and upset your stomach. Real Japanese floor uses tatami. That is why they can do the seiza (sitting with folded legs) for hours.
Good pricing, good items
The last tip is that do not get tricked with a cheap sale. Some furniture is suspiciously far cheaper than the other. The reason is most likely to be poor quality materials of the furniture.
Therefore, do research on the average price of your wanted furniture before you buy it.