MAKE A LIST OF YOUR BASIC NEEDS
CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION
If you are in a corporate environment, chances are your location is predetermined, but you still need to think about how best to use this space. In most cases, the desk should be positioned with a view of the office entrance and to make use of available natural lighting.
Home office locations are much more flexible, ranging from the corner of a family room to a dedicated office in a spare bedroom. Make sure your home office is removed from potential distractions such as the kitchen, family traffic and noise. The important thing is that you have a permanent space that is dedicated for work.
SELECT FURNITURE DESIGNED TO WORK FOR YOU
There are many choices when it comes to office furniture, and in particular the most central component – the office desk.
While it may appear to be just a place for you to work, quality office furniture should integrate your technology and promote efficiency. Keep your electronic components in mind. Beyond your computer and printer, think about your cell phone, video camera or music player. A good desk includes wire management to keep those unsightly cords out of view.
A desk’s top needs to be durable so you need not be concerned about marring it or leaving on it an unsightly ring from your morning coffee.
Look for desks that include storage to keep everyday items out of view. If your computer requires a CPU tower, consider storage solutions that will incorporate it to keep it clean, protected and ventilated.
Make sure that you choose an ergonomic desk chair with appropriate support, or a standing desk that allows you to more easily alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. Trust us, your back will thank you!
CHOOSE FURNITURE THAT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE
Now you get to be creative. Choose furniture that reflects your style. Are you looking for something traditional or contemporary? Wood furniture has a more traditional feel, while steel and glass pieces are more modern and industrial. For a transitional environment, consider a combination of these materials. A professional office needs a consistent look, so choose a common aesthetic for your desks, storage cabinets, chairs and other prominent elements.
ACCOUNT FOR FILES AND SUPPLIES
Don’t forget all of the other elements that make up your office. A great desk is one thing, but if it is piled with paperwork and supplies it isn’t conducive to working.
Utilize file storage drawers and cabinets to keep everything neat and organized. Mobile file cabinets provide flexibility as well as additional workspace.
A locking file cabinet may be required to keep your files secure. If space is tight, consider adding shelves to your office to make use of vertical space.
In order to create an effective office, everything needs to have its place.
Component systems offer the most flexibility in this regard, allowing you to combine work surfaces, file storage, supply cabinets and more to customize your office to your needs.
Once you have a place for everything, STICK WITH IT! By paying attention to the details during the setup of your office, you can ensure that you have created a space where you actually want to work.