3 Tips for Improving Your Home Office Area

June 18, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016
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Whether it's a desk in a corner, or a separate room, your home office can be both functional and tasteful.
Whether it’s a desk in a corner, or a separate room, your home office can be both functional and tasteful.

Whether it’s a desk in a corner, or a separate room, your home office can be both functional and tasteful.

Although it’s often neglected, the office is an important feature in the home.

It’s a space dedicated to working, researching, and thinking. Other times, it doubles as a great place to unwind and just browse the net or catch up on some reading.

Your home office should be designed for both comfort and creativity. It should be a place that helps you to focus on important tasks, and should also serve as an inspirational environment.

If you’re looking to get the most out of your office, here are three simple ways that you can improve your space. Make your office an enjoyable –and inspirational place to be.

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View: Gates Desk

Invest in Your Desk

Your desk is where it all happens! A workstation is an excellent upgrade for any home office. Your desk is where you will be spending most of your time in the office, so finding one that’s up to the task is important. Also consider your chair, and look for something that’s adjustable and offers adequate support.

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View: Durable Mesh Storage Bin in Silver

Look for Storage Solutions

Disorganization and clutter can be a constant battle, especially in the home office, which often serves as a catch-all for paperwork and bills. Finding ways to manage clutter is the first step in improving a space. Use closed cabinets for completed paperwork, and open baskets for pending tasks. Take advantage of handy storage solutions, and look for office accessories in coordinating designs for a simple and unified look.

View: Quatrefoil Pierced White Ceramic Table Lamp
View: Quatrefoil Pierced White Ceramic Table Lamp

Optimize Your Lighting

The office is a place where we spend a lot of time on close-up tasks. The right lighting can make all the difference, helping to save your eyes, and making the room a lot more pleasant. Consider investing in task lighting, such as a table lamp or adjustable lamp for close up tasks. And don’t forget about the ambient lighting. Installing dimmers is a simple way to adjust the amount of overhead light in the room. Or consider wall sconces, which can help to brighten up a dark area while also serving as a decorative feature.

Are you considering a home office upgrade or two? Share with us in the comments.

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