Home offices are often an afterthought when initially designing a house. And when designed with great intentions of a space where you would like to sip your morning coffee and think of how you can change the world; they often get filled with odds and ends – and make it a hard place to sit and work.

Let us look at how you can plan to have a professional home office that will inspire you to do your best work. The first aspect to consider is the overall layout of your office. You will want to maximize the amount of space you are working with, regardless of how big or small the space may be.

To do this:

  • Take measurements of your existing office space using a tape measure
  • Brainstorm ways to maximize your space with various furniture setups
  • Consider built-in shelving and storage options to maximize space, especially for smaller spaces
  • Calming Color Ideas to Boost Productivity

Your choice of paint in the office can make a huge difference on its overall look and feel. Space is an obvious factor that should be taken into consideration when choosing office furniture. However, functionality is another important aspect to focus on when shopping for desks, chairs, storage and more.

Here are some helpful considerations to keep in mind:

Desks: Think about how you will use your desk; if you work primarily on a laptop, you will likely need less space than if you were to use a desktop computer. Be sure to have plenty of space for paperwork, pens, and other office supplies. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will fill up.

Office chairs: Shop for a chair that will be most comfortable for you. Typically, ergonomically designed office chairs are ideal, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk each day. Consider arm rests for additional comfort and leather material for durability.

Customize the lighting: Don’t just rely on the room’s existing overhead lights. Instead, add in functional and stylish lamps to create a luxe atmosphere. Consider adding in two different kinds of lighting. First, a task light for close up work, then lamps or a pendant for ambient light. This will provide the ideal balance.

Storage options: Brainstorm ways to make the most of your storage options. If you have a smaller office space, consider opting for a compact yet effective means of storing files and other documents, such as a filing cabinet. If you keep reference books in your office, consider a set of durable hardwood bookshelf.

Comfort: Add something soft underfoot. Being able to kick off your shoes and enjoy the feel of a plush carpet or fuzzy rug makes spending time in the office so much more enjoyable.

Music: Bring in some music. Nothing elevates a space quite like the presence of music, and a home office is no exception. It can help reduce stress and provide a great distraction when you need it.

Ultimately, the goal is to decorate your home office with items that will inspire you and make you feel motivated to get your work done, so shop around and do your research when it comes to office decor, lighting, and other important choices. Most importantly, keep in mind that designing a great home office takes time and effort, but you will reap the benefits if you put in the time.

Tips for decluttering: Clear your desktop and put back only what you use daily. Create a main storage area for office supplies in a drawer, cabinet, or closet near your workspace. Avoid placing folders or papers directly onto your desk unless you are physically working on them.