Organizing any space in your home can often be challenging a lot of the time because there are so many options to choose from. You can opt for finishes and styles that fit in with your home’s décor or you can make your home office entirely unique, it is up to you.
A home office is a space that blends both your professional and personal lives together. You’ll need a space that is very functional so you can get your work done efficiently, but the style and finishes must also blend with the rest of your home. Ask yourself, what are the conditions you work best in and what do you want around you as you work?
- The desk comes first. The desk is where you spend most of your time in the office so it makes sense to start with the desk first. It’s especially important to choose one that is as functional as it is fitting for your style. Generally, desks fall into 2 broad categories, built-in or free-standing. Built-in desks help a lot with making a space look bigger. You can have a desk custom-built into a corner of the room and take advantage of space that often goes underutilized. You can also build a countertop along a wall, perhaps facing a window (or facing away from the window), and designate that as your workspace. Freestanding desks are very useful when storage is an issue. With free-standing desks, you open up the most space on the walls, and it does can make a big difference.
Once you’ve got the shape and placement in mind, it’s time to think about the details. Maybe the right desk for you is large with space to layout your mail and notes. Your new desk could be wood-finished and ornate—or maybe a sleek, modern design would suit you better. Consider a peninsula connected to your organization system that you can roll your chair along. If you like to keep your desk clear most of the time, a desk just big enough to hold your laptop and fit your chair under could be all you need.
- Storage needs. For storage, we would need space to store files, important documents, and notes. We also need space to keep basic stationery items such as pens, scratch paper, stapler, staple puller, and all the other little things that fill (and spill out of) office desk drawers. These can easily be stored in shelves and drawers. To power your office technology or charge your phone while working, you can install power outlets that are flush with the desk surface for a good look.
If you work facing the wall, it is important to keep work and storage spaces clearly separated. Otherwise, you risk chaos breaking out as the storage space expands or work and stored items become intermixed. A countertop stretching between two floor-to-ceiling organization systems can serve as a stylish, utilitarian desk. You might want to use drawers and chrome baskets for storage, and shelves for display.
- Organize cables. Nothing beats working into your office, getting your devices connected without having cables and cords all over the place. Luckily, even though we can’t work without them, we can keep them out of the way. It takes a specially designed system, but a little custom design can go a long way towards keeping those pesky wires out of sight but still conveniently accessible.
Making Your Ideal Home Office a Reality
With so many options available regarding how to organize your own home office, getting things just right can be tricky. That’s why, at SpaceManager Closets, the first step in our customization process is a talk with a design expert. You can schedule a free consultation in your home to go over your options and make an interactive 3D model of your future home office using CAD technology. After you try out different ideas and discuss them with an experienced designer, every piece of your new home office will be made to order in our Houston, TX production facilities and installed by our specially trained technicians.
If you’re ready to create your custom home office, contact SpaceManager Closets today and we will be happy to get you started.