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Home Office Ideas

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Wouldn’t these apartments in the Bay Area be the perfect place to set up a home office? We already reached a similar conclusion, so today, we’re going to be going over some of the latest and greatest tips and ideas for setting up the perfect home office space, and providing you with some inspiration to help turn your dreams of the ideal home workplace into a brand new reality. We’re not just talking decorating either. This quick home office guide will walk you through the steps of creating a killer workspace that looks great, motivates you to work, and covers all your varied “work from home” needs.

The “Must Follow” Rules of Creating a Home Office

Like most things in life, creating a highly-efficient home office benefits when you start with a bit of planning. In the case of the home workspace, however, instead of picking out your space and then adapting it to fit your home office’s needs, what you should first do is start writing down all the “critical needs” you personally have for a home office, then deciding which part of your home will work best for that goal.

For most people, a desk, computer, printer, and telephone comprise the most basic of home office needs, and, depending on your particular profession, you may need to add a few more items to your list of essentials. Musicians, for example, will need space for their instruments and recording equipment, while artists might need a drafting table, easels, and the like. With your list of office materials completed, you can then scout out the rooms in your home and make a decision about which will have the space and layout necessary to accommodate your business tools. One thing is for certain, though, no matter what sort of job you’re performing — your home office should provide you with privacy.

Nothing will kill your ability to work at home faster than constant distractions, especially if you’re sharing your home with a spouse, kids, or pets. Make sure the room you select for your home office has a door you can close and is relatively quiet in addition to being suitable for all of your business equipment. On the topic of space, however, you’ll want to try to maximize what you have in your home office, which means making use of some creative storage and filing tricks to cut down on clutter. Be sure to take a look at some office organizational ideas to get an idea of what to include in your office for a top-notch filing system.

Your office will need lighting, and while natural light is often best for work (so choosing a room with a window is important), those nights where you’re up burning the midnight oil do happen, so enhancing your workspace with some overhead and task-specific lighting might be a good idea, especially if you’re drawing (or performing a similar sort of work) that requires proper illumination. As for the final piece of your rudimentary office puzzle, you want to have a clock. Sure, you already have a clock built into most of your digital devices, but what we’re talking about is an old-school, hang on the wall kind of solution.

It might seem like a trivial matter, but knowing what time it is while you’re working (without having to squint) is something we often take for granted. Get yourself a big wall, fashionable wall clock to hang somewhere visible so you’ll always know the time and how many hours you’ve spent working.

Design Choices That Will Motivate

Now, when it comes to enhancing your office with specific decor, the number one thing to keep in mind is your own personality. Your home office should be a reflection of that, and include some touches that say a bit about who you are. Are you the artsy type? Include some elements of your own work, or other artists you respect to help decorate the space. More of a chic, urbanista? Let that guide you as you select specific items to include in the decoration of your office space.

Regardless of what your specific style or line of work is, though, your office will need furniture, and you’d do well to ensure that furniture is as ergonomic as possible. Uncomfortable furniture is a motivation murderer, so to keep your productivity high, you want to do everything in your power to make your chairs, keyboard, and everything else in your office is fine-tuned for comfortable use.

The design of your home office will be greatly enhanced if you throw in a nice rug. It will add a pop of energizing color to the space (giving you motivation to work your best) and, additionally, will serve to dampen the sounds (so when you’re stamping around your office, the rest of the family doesn’t have to hear it). Top things off with a few awesome floor plants (green is great for any office space), and you should be well on the way to transforming that extra room into your new working paradise.

Inspiration for Your Search

Of course, it always helps when you have some ideas to pull from, so to get yourself inspired for this new office setup, remember too pull from as many sources as you find relevant. Pinterest is always a great place to start, or you can browse through some other well-organized collections, like Country Living’s 40 Most-Inspiring Home Office Spaces for ideas.

These Apartments in the Bay Area Are Perfect for your Home Office Vision

Dreaming of the perfect work from home setup? Few communities can fit your needs better than Fourth Street East. This super-modern apartment paradise near Oakland’s waterfront combines the best into its unique location, from luxurious amenities that make life here oh-so-sweet, to a vibrant neighborhood that offers something new and exciting to experience with each day. Come be a part of this new evolution of the East Bay, check out all that Fourth Street East has to offer, then reach out to learn more about seizing one of this stellar apartments for yourself.