Home Magazine

4 Things to Consider When Assembling Your Home Office

By Goedekershomelife @goedekers
home office computer desk

Photo by Flickr user Sean MacEntee.

Working from home sounds like an appealing concept, but before you jump in head-first, you need to set up a functional work space for yourself. After all, you will be spending a substantial amount of your time there, so you need to make sure your home office is comfortable, organized, and arranged to encourage productivity.

Zoning Laws

If you are working from home for a larger company, zoning shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you plan to run your own business from home, you should check if that is permitted in your residential area, and if so, what the specific regulations are.

converted closet home office

Photo courtesy of In 30 Minutes Guides.

Location, Location, Location

If you are fortunate enough to have a separate room available for setting up your home office, that is usually the best option. Most houses don’t afford this luxury, so you’ll have to find the optimum solution with the space you do have. Find an unused spot somewhere in your house – your attic, your basement, the corner of a room – and situate your office there. As in the picture above, you could even convert a closet and use it.

When you are deciding where in your house your office should be, there are a few factors you should keep in mind:

  • Do you have enough space to get work done?
  • Are there available outlets close to your work space? Are there enough to accommodate your needs, or will you have to invest in additional equipment, such as an extension cord or power strip?
  • What is the typical noise level of this part of the house? Will you be able to concentrate?
  • Will distractions be abundant or limited in this space?
  • How will your space be lit? Will you primarily take advantage of natural lighting? Will you need to purchase any lighting?
  • What is the temperature in this part of the house? Will your working conditions be comfortable?
organized home office

Photo by Flickr user Dylan.

Necessary Equipment

We already discussed some things you may need to shop for when assembling your home office, such as lighting and provisions for extra outlets, but what else will you need?

One obvious necessity is a desk or table that has a large enough work surface for your needs. In front of this desk or table, you should place a comfortable chair. Dragging a chair over from the kitchen or dining room may be a temporary solution, but in the end it may give you aches and leave you feeling stiff. If you don’t already own a chair that will work, don’t be afraid to buy a new one. Your back will thank you later.

No matter if it’s a desktop or a laptop, you will need a computer with access to the internet. Including a printer in this space is a good idea as well. When shopping for a printer, consider the level of functionality your job calls for. Will you be printing in strictly black and white, or would a color printer be a worthwhile investment? Would there be any benefit in buying a printer that has a fax machine, copier, or scanner built-in?

You will also need a way to store important documents and materials associated with your business, such as a file cabinet or shelves.

personal decorations home office

Photo by Flickr user jnyemb.

Circumstantial Equipment

Any other equipment you could need all depends on the nature of your job. Will one filing cabinet or shelving unit not suffice if you have a collection of books, several products, or an abundance of papers to store? Will you ever need to jot down notes by hand? Will you be sketching out ideas on paper, requiring plenty of surface space, or will you be using a more sophisticated graphic design program, which could be better navigated with a larger computer monitor?

Make one list of all the furniture and supplies you can gather from around your house. Then make another list of everything you need to buy to complete your office.

If you’re running your own business, this comes with its own unique considerations. Many sources recommend getting your own phone line for business purposes only. They also suggest that the phone you designate should come with speaker phone capabilities.

Finally, don’t shy away from bringing a few personal items or decorations into your home office. They will help you customize your space and make you feel more at ease.

Okay, so you’ve put together the perfect home office… now what? Check back here on Saturday for a post about how to successfully work from home. We’ve compiled a list of tips for you about managing your working environment, scheduling out your day, balancing your personal life and your job, and much more!


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Pineapple Pie

    Pineapple

    How are you all surviving these dog days of summer? I have discovered a sweet that will cool everyone down. Pineapple Pie. You can make it with canned... Read more

    8 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Kalamitykelli
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • 10 Reasons To Market Yourself More Than A Great Idea

    Reasons Market Yourself More Than Great Idea

    Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they... Read more

    9 hours, 1 minute ago by   Martin Zwilling
    BUSINESS, CAREER
  • In Praise of Liver: Falling in Love with a Widely Reviled Food

    Praise Liver: Falling Love with Widely Reviled Food

    Do you love liver? If you are like almost 50% of Anglo-Western populations, the answer is likely no. In fact, surveys in some countries - UK, US, Canada -... Read more

    11 hours, 11 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Infertility, PCOS and the IDM Program

    Infertility, PCOS Program

    Dr. Jason Fung: I was having a discussion with Megan Ramos the other day in our clinic, and she mentioned that yet another patient had gotten pregnant... Read more

    11 hours, 51 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Magdalene’s Day 2018

    Magdalene’s 2018

    Every year on her feast day, I honor St. Mary Magdalene; even though the Church does not officially recognize her as the patron of whores, she certainly is in... Read more

    12 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Maggiemcneill
    LOVE & SEX, SEXUALITY
  • Cops and Robbers

    Cops Robbers

    The deluge of GDPR emails has finally dried up, thank the Lord. For the uninitiated, GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Read more

    13 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Jackscott
    DIARIES, EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Holy Grove and Ripple Music Announce the Completion of the Upcoming Album by...

    Holy Grove Ripple Music Announce Completion Upcoming Album Portland's Epic Heavy Doomers

    Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that Portland, Oregon, heavy rockers Holy Grove have just completed the recording of their second full-length, to be... Read more

    15 hours, 1 minute ago by   Ripplemusic
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Magazines