04 Amazing Ways How Home Office Furniture Add Space to an Office
By Max Renouf
Some of us bring our work home. Yet others, work from home itself. This flexibility and achieving that intricate balance between work and home-life; results in the need for allocated work-space or even the necessity for a home office, in certain instances.
Few people, if any, can afford to have a home office with unlimited space. This brings with it the need for home office furniture, that not only instils a professional feel to the room, but which also minimizes clutter and creates additional space in the area concerned.
We all know what an essential role the computer plays in our work-life. Yet, with the exception of those who have laptops, sufficient space is generally required to place the monitor, the CPU and its constituent hardware; but many people are hard pressed to find sufficient room in their home office for this. With this in mind, many savvy designers have created ergonomically designed computer desks, space saving computer tables with CD holders, and those which incorporate pull-out shelves and cabinets. Corner desks that have the facility to hold a computer, a telephone and numerous work-related accessories such as fax machines and printers, are fast becoming popular in areas where space is a restraining factor.
However, paperless an office is said to be, there will be reference books or study manuals that will inevitably need to be stored; and a home office is no different in this regard. Certain savvy designers use hide-away shelves for this purpose, and such shelves are placed in areas which most of us have given little thought to. For instance, the upper corners of each room are made into compact little storage units, where books, periodicals or magazines can be stored; and this is indeed ideal for a modern home office that has limited space at its disposal. An exposed rafter shelf too, follows the same concept, and is an option well worth looking into. Another interesting space saving technique is the stairway bookshelf. This is ideal for those who bring home tons of reading material said to be essential for the job, but as its name suggests, can be used only if there is a staircase leading to the home office. Alternatively, bookshelves, if they are floor to ceiling in length, can be used in lieu of walls to demarcate the afore-mentioned office space; thus creating more room to work in, too.
The filing cabinet plays a pivotal role in most work-places. For it is in here that important documents are kept, and most home offices too, find it to be an essential must-have, but one which can sometimes result in over-crowding of a limited space. Therefore, in such instances especially; high density, compact mobile filing systems are thought to be optimal.
The simple office chair too, can consume unwarranted space, if it is not ergonomically designed. Yet, now, there are chairs designed specifically with the home office in mind, and these carry back storage pockets, arm rest cup-holders and such like, for the convenience of its users.
If home office furniture is chosen carefully, it can indeed, add space to areas that were hitherto, cluttered and overcrowded. A little know-how is all that is required for the enterprising individual to turn his/her home office into a functional yet stylish work place, even if space is a limiting criterion.
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