If you're like many of those who are in the process of converting an extra room in your house into a home office, you may be planning to furnish it with castoffs from other rooms or items picked up from the local second-hand store. Although there may be room in a home office for some of these things, it's important to create a space that is more than just an afterthought. The following are five items that every home office should have.
Good Overhead Lighting
Good overhead lighting helps prevent a shadowy ambiance and provides you with a well-lit workspace. Strong spotlighting over your desk is essential along with a bright overhead light fixture situated in the middle of the ceiling. Floor and table lamps make good accent lighting but should not be relied on for primary lighting.
An Ergonomic Desk and Chair
These two items are the most important pieces of furniture in any home office, so make sure they offer optimal ergonomics. The chair should feature superior back support, particularly for the lumbar region, and the desk should be tall enough so that you aren't bending or slouching in order to work but low enough so that you aren't reaching. It may take some trial and error to find what works best for you, so don't be afraid to try a few different chair-and-desk combinations when visiting your local home office furniture retailer.
Art is inspiring, relaxing, thought-provoking, and provides an appealing aesthetic to any environment — so don't leave it out of your home office. A few well-chosen pieces of art such as paintings, wall hangings, and ceramics personalize home offices and make them more pleasant places in which to spend time.
A Small Seating Area
Even if your home office's primary purpose is going to be a quiet place to pay the household bills, a small seating area provides a resting place for furry friends who want to keep you company while you work or for your spouse when the occasion calls for a private space to discuss family finances. It'll also come in handy if you have a home business or plan on starting one in the future.
Every home office should have warm floors. You don't have to add wall-to-wall carpeting — a few thick, warm throw rugs should do the trick, including one under your desk where you put your feet.
For more information, contact a home office furniture supplier today.