Designing Your Home Office

Written by Rachel Goldstein

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So you have finally decided to work from home and set up your home office? Setting up your home office is one ofrepparttar best parts of working from home. Forrepparttar 117416 first time in your life, YOU get to choose your desk and where it goes. YOU get to chooserepparttar 117417 equipment andrepparttar 117418 supplies. YOU get to chooserepparttar 117419 chairs andrepparttar 117420 lamps. This is going to be fun for you. This article will explorerepparttar 117421 essentials of designing your home office . everything from findingrepparttar 117422 space to buyingrepparttar 117423 right supplies. You will be spending a lot of time in your office, lets make sure that you design it right.


Sometimes it is hard to findrepparttar 117424 right room to place your home office. After all, when you bought your house you probably didn't know that you would be working from home. Look for a room in your house that hasrepparttar 117425 following elements:

1. Separate from household members and distractions 2. Enough room for a desk, chair, equipment, office supplies, and space to think and move around. 3. Enough electrical outlets and power for all of your equipment 4. Phone line (s) available 5. Enough heating and cooling 6. (opt) Windows for sunlight and fresh air 7. (opt) An air vent for good ventilation

In an ideal situation, all ofrepparttar 117426 above elements will be present.

If you choose a room completely separate from other rooms, "defined work space used exclusively for your business" (IRS Tax Code), you can deduct your home office. So it would be better for your pockets to choose an enclosed space of your house that isn't used for family life.

Can't find an open space for your house? Try to use your imagination before you call an architect to renovate or add on to your house. Are there any walk-in closets in your house? How about your basement? You can clean up your garage and park cars onrepparttar 117427 street. Maybe separating another room with bookshelves might dorepparttar 117428 trick. If you still can't figure out a way to make space for your home office, maybe you should consider hiring an architect or general contractor to add on to your house or to build an office in your basement or other room. This might be an easy job . just adding a wall to make one room into two. Or you might land up spending quite a bit of money. I recommend not getting carried away until your business is running smoothly for at least 6 months.


It isn't time to go shopping yet; rather it is time to get outrepparttar 117429 graph paper, rulers, and pencils. Before we buy furniture and equipment we will need to map out our office, in other words make a layout plans. Have a family member help you measurerepparttar 117430 length and width ofrepparttar 117431 room andrepparttar 117432 height and width ofrepparttar 117433 doorway. On your piece of graph paper drawrepparttar 117434 room inrepparttar 117435 right proportion. Then consider all ofrepparttar 117436 equipment and supplies that you will need to run your business. Here are my suggestions:

1. Chair 2. Desk 3. Filing Cabinet 4. Bookshelves 5. Telephone(s) 6. Computer 7. Fax Machine / Copier / Scanner 8. Storage Bins 9. Pens / Pencils 10. Paper 11. Binders 12. Folders 13. Staples, Binder Clips, Paper Clips 14. Envelopes 15. Media Storage Devices (Zip Disks, Floppy Discs, CDs, etc)

Think ahead, is there anything else that you might need? Now, map out onrepparttar 117437 graph paper where you want to place each of these items . design away! Remember, you will be spending much of your time in your office, try to make it a place that you will enjoy visiting or you might dread working. For this reason,repparttar 117438 way that you design your home office can make or break your freelance business. Keeprepparttar 117439 following in mind when designing your home office.

1. Only paint with neutral colors, orrepparttar 117440 paint will overpower your furniture and you will become distracted 2. Don't jam tons of furniture and equipment into your office unless totally necessary. Having too much clutter is one reason you might not want to visit your office. 3. If you are easily distracted, don't put your desk in front of a window. 4. Place your bookshelf, filing cabinet, and telephone at arms reach 5. Place your desk nearrepparttar 117441 electrical supply and phone lines 6. Get personal and add your personal touch to everything. This will create a more inviting atmosphere for you. 7. If there is enough room, add a love seat or reading chair for you when you need a change of scene.


Nowrepparttar 117442 fun part . shopping! Whether you decide to shop online or in a conventional store, don't forget your items list and layout plan. As you shop for items, take their measurements and draw them on your plan to make sure that they fit. A few online stores that you can look at are:


1. Desk / Workstation - Sincerepparttar 117443 invent ofrepparttar 117444 computer, one small desk is no longer enough. A workstation is a more appropriate term now. Depending on what your profession is, you will need desk space for your computer, and then more desk space for administrative work. Think about what type of equipment you will need are where it will go. How much room do you have for a desk? Usually your best option is to get an "L" desk. What I mean by this is choose your favorite desk, and then choose a smaller desk that can be placed perpendicular torepparttar 117445 main desk. The big desk is perfect for your computer equipment, andrepparttar 117446 smaller desk can be kept clear for your writing surface.

Home Office Ergonomics

Written by Rachel Goldstein

Article submitted by - 1000s of freelance jobs, articles, and resources.

Long office hours are often necessary for freelance professionals. This is exactly why so many of us have chronic headaches, cracking wrists, tingling fingers, and stiff necks. All of these symptoms can be avoided by designing your home office with ergonomics on your mind. This article will summarizerepparttar basics of home office ergonomic design.

CHAIR - Your chair isrepparttar 117415 most important piece of furniture in your office. You want to find a comfortable chair that hasrepparttar 117416 following characteristics.

1. Adjustable height 2. Lower, raise, and tilt backwards 3. 16" to 20" off ofrepparttar 117417 floor 4. Lumbar support 5. Good backrest and wide enough to support shoulders 6. Chair's seat should allow 1"-4" of space between edge of chair and your knees 7. Front edge of seat is curved 8. 5 wheels 9. Padded armrests that can lower or raise

Before you purchase your chair, make sure to give it a test drive. If possible, moverepparttar 117418 chair that you like in front of a desk and see how it feels. Adjustrepparttar 117419 seat so that your feet are flat onrepparttar 117420 floor. When you do thisrepparttar 117421 lumbar support should fit intorepparttar 117422 small of your back. Ifrepparttar 117423 chair fits your body and meets our guidelines, purchaserepparttar 117424 chair. A good chair will cost anywhere from $400 - $2,000.

DESK - Before purchasing a desk, evaluate your needs. What is your profession? What equipment will you be using? How much desktop room will you need? Make sure to allow space for computer equipment, telephone, Rolodex, other office supplies, and writing room. Make sure that you will have room for heavily used items on your desk, or you might have to constantly stretch, twist, and turn to reach items that you need. Height-adjustable large tables are found to have cost-effective benefits. These tables let you move from keyboard to side table without having to hunch your shoulders.

KEYBOARD / MOUSE TRAY - Since it is so important to have your wrists atrepparttar 117425 right height when using input devices, a tray system is important to consider as an option. Choose a system that hasrepparttar 117426 following features:

1. Height adjustable 2. Adjustable angle 3. Allows for upper arm relaxation by right angle position of arms.

You should place your keyboard 28"-30" off ofrepparttar 117427 floor. If your keyboard is too low you will slump over your keyboard, and if it is too high you will strain your wrists. You should also purchase a wrist pad for in front of your keyboard to cushion your wrists.

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