We enjoyed the fine tips from AT:LA last week on 5 ways to make a well-designed home
, but we here at Unplggd know that offices are a whole different animal when it comes to what takes priority and what doesn't. Here are a few helpful guidelines if you're looking to redesign that home office of yours sometime in the near future...
- Purchase the right furniture: A rule of thumb is to measure. Do it more than once. This way you know what the dimensions are so you know how much space you have to work with. You'll have a better idea of the style and size of furniture that will fit best in the office when you have the dimensions available to you.
- Comfort and priorities: Remember that comfort is more important in an office setting since you'll be there much longer than you are at home. Sure, you want your home office to look good, but it's better to have furniture that is comfortable and practical for you than to have something that looks great but is uncomfortable and causes ergonomic problems in the future.
- Be budget minded: Designer furniture can cost a bunch, so do the math first. Spending more than you can afford only causes more headaches down the line. Also, when you have a budget, you'll be more likely to avoid purchasing something on impulse that is more than you can spend.
- Think more lighting: An environment that's bright and well-lit is a happy place. If you're stuck in a room that has no windows, make sure you have ample lighting all around. Trust us, your eyes will thank you 10-20 years down the line.
- Invest in an office chair: If you're working from a chair for more than 4-6 hours a day, you want it to be comfortable. Don't settle for big box brands and look to spend at least $100 for a decent one. It should feel good, it should be adjustable, and it should have casters so you can easily move around.
What would you add to this list, or take away, for a well designed home office? Let us know in the comments!
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