The old cliche goes “cluttered space, cluttered mind, cluttered life.” Some cliches are cliches for a reason – and this old adage was never more true than it is for people who work from home.
Although productive home offices aren’t supposed to mimic the sterile, fluorescent-light humdrum of a corporate office, a good-looking, functional office is the starting point of success. You can, of course, spend a fortune on home-office furniture – but you don’t have to.
Follow this guide to keeping a handsome, functional office within budget.
Your home office must suit your needs, your eyes, and your budget.
Mainstays L-Shaped Desk with Hutch
Sleek and handsome yet practical, this item provides not just the flat writing surface of a desk, but also storage space; a retractable, sliding keyboard drawer; shelving; and a thin, but sturdy, base. Available in two attractive color schemes, it can be used with any number of different style chairs that complement the modern but functional design.
By building vertically, you can remove clutter and get organized with wall shelving, which not only frees up valuable floor and desk space, but is customizable and attractive. Industry books, files, computer paper and other equipment can be stored without making it inaccessible, all while de-cluttering your desktop and surrounding area.
Check out the 4D Concepts Corner Spacesaver Bookcase, which is inexpensive and helps you get the most out of your undoubtedly unused corners.
The Uno Armchair
If your home is your office, you’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting down. Maintaining comfort and posture while sitting for long periods are directly related to issues such as back pain and fatigue. Although chairs can be among the most expensive items in a home office, you don’t need to splurge to get a comfortable, quality chair.
Lateral Filing Cabinets
A standard in home offices since the dawn of telecommuting, lateral filing cabinets do one thing well: They reduce paper clutter while allowing easy access to alpha-numeric labeled documents, applications, resumes, paperwork, etc. Filing cabinets are usually lockable and protect important documents from theft, spills, and even fire. The top can double as a useable surface, and the durable, heavy-duty nature of filing cabinets makes them perfect for high-traffic areas in every home office.
The 30″ Lateral File Cabinet from Global Industries is the perfect example of quality lateral filing cabinets.
The right furniture can make your home office attractive and practical.
Whether you have visiting clients and customers or you work in solitude, a comfortable, inviting, practical, and aesthetically pleasing office is the cornerstone of a successful home business. Before you can get to work, you have to establish an organized and attractive base of operations. If clients come over, your office represents you. Even if you work alone, your office will dictate your workflow and success.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about office design and business decor.