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Tips for Creating a Home Office

If you have always dreamed of having a home office, you can turn just about any room or space of your home into an office to use for personal and business use. Having a home office has a variety of benefits, even if you don’t work from home. You can keep your computer and similar accessories in one confined space to clear up clutter in your family room as well as providing yourself with some quiet and privacy when you have bills to pay or paperwork to finish. Creating a home office can be done on any budget, whether you have enough to re-finish your basement, or simply turn a small den or guest room into your home office.

Decide What you Want

 

This is a broad tip but it helps get you started and decide what you will include in your office. A lot of what you want depends on your space and how much room you have for office furniture and storage. Perhaps you are using a guest room as your home office on one side and home gym on the other side; in this case you are limited with what you can include and therefore what you want in the room is going to vary. The office’s actual purpose also makes a big difference, such as needing room for additional equipment if you work from home, like a printer and fax machine. If you plan to have business meetings in the office, you will need a small table and chairs as well.

Set a Budget

 

The advice you will often be given when starting any type of remodeling project, is to start with a budget. This is because there are so many options with home office remodeling, that your budget helps you to narrow down what you will purchase and what types of DIY projects you need to do in the room. For example, if you have a very limited budget you will want to keep the walls as-is and add other less expensive decorative options, rather than spending money on paint or wallpaper. With a bigger budget, you have more options to choose from.

Start with the Necessities

 

Choose what you absolutely need in the home office and go from there. You will need outlets so if you’re finishing an attic or basement, be sure you remember to add wall outlets and lighting in approximate locations. You will also need to have proper lighting, a computer desk, and a computer chair. The rest will be optional and based on your personal situation, such as adding bookshelves for storage, a separate area for your printer and fax machine, or buying additional electronic equipment. You might need large filing cabinets if you work from home and will be using your home office for business purposes. Purchase and remodel with the necessary things first, gradually working your way toward optional things like décor.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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