Home Offices that Work


Arista Plan 1 | Los Angeles/Ventura | Pardee Homes

A home office is the ideal opportunity to make your workspace perfect for just you. Whether you’re operating a business, conducting an occasional video conference or just paying your bills, you’ll want a place where you can be organized and enjoy your work. Here are some strategies to help you set up an office designed for success.

Location, location, location.
Working from home is exciting because it offers an opportunity to combine efficiency and real comfort. You may spend a lot of time in your home office, so think about where best to locate your space. Aim to find a way to separate yourself from the rest of the everyday happenings in your home. If clients visit, a private space with plenty of seating is a must.

Consider your workflow.
Know what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture. Look for a desk, storage and shelving that is both attractive and functional. Consider getting a standing desk or one that can be raised periodically, which is a great way to stay alert and healthy. Place your computer screen at an optimum height and use wrist rests.

Invest in a great chair.
When it comes to your back, a comfortable, ergonomically correct office chair is worth every penny. Bonus: A solid, ergonomically sound chair helps reduce fatigue and increase productivity.

Think outside the cubicle.
Building a productive and comfortable workspace can go hand-in-hand. If your home has contemporary décor, modern metal furniture and artistic pieces would fit well. For a traditional home office, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs or a loveseat are ideal if you have the space.

Create multiple workspaces.
For many, a desk is the obvious go-to to get work done. Yet, consider a second place to brainstorm, read or just think freely. A small couch or chair and ottoman can serve this purpose and allow some variation in your workflow.

Make sure there is ample light.
Lighting contributes to productivity and a good mood. Keep your home office lighting uniform and moderately bright. Depending on your space, consider overhead lighting and floor or desk lamps.

Personalize your space.
Paint the walls a color you love. Display art that speaks to you. Add photos and finds that mean something to you. Even in a home office, your goal is to have an enjoyable, efficient area for work, meetings and visiting with clients or vendors.

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