A home office is on its way to becoming an essential item on a house buyer's wish list. After all, many people work at least part of the time at home — and even if they don't, they still want somewhere to store the computer and their household papers.
Here are some tips to help you create an attractive home office that you'll actually want to spend time in.
An attractive place to work
A home office doesn't have to be just functional — it can be attractive, too. So take as much care with the décor as you would in the other rooms in your house, making sure office furniture and accessories coordinate with wall and floor coverings.
If you don't have a lot of natural light (or you'll be working mainly in the evenings), make sure you have good lighting, particularly task lights for illuminating your desk. Include other types of lighting too, so you'll make the room feel comfortable.
Choose good furniture
It's essential that your desk and chair are comfortable to work at, so take time choosing them. Make sure the seat and backrest of your chair are adjustable and that the height of your desk is comfortable.
Power and the Internet
Make sure there are plenty of power outlets in the room and easy Internet access. Avoid a "rat's nest" of cables by bundling them together and tucking them out of sight.
Include good storage
Think carefully about the kind of storage you'll need and make sure there's enough of it. Consider stackable boxes to store paperwork efficiently, and an attractive filing cabinet. Put shelves on the walls and use them to store books; add wire baskets to the shelves for documents.
Put up a bulletin board for reminders and other essential information you use every day. Then you'll avoid ugly sticky notes all over your computer.