Have you ever thought about what an important role furniture plays in your life? Without a kitchen table and chairs, you would have to eat on the floor. Without a desk, you'd be left precariously balancing your laptop on your lap while sitting cross-legged on the ground, and we all know that's no fun. Furniture shapes your day and it shapes your lifestyle, so it's important to put some thought into the furniture you choose for your home. From selecting the right sofa to painting a dresser, we offer all sorts of furniture advice on this website. We understand how important furniture is, and we want you to come to the same understanding.
The great thing about designing a home office is the fact that it's one of the easiest home improvement projects to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. It's also one of the most cost-effective home updates due to the availability of pre-owned office furniture and secondhand accessories that are as good as new minus the high price tag. You can create a fun and functional home office that looks as good as new and nobody will know the difference.
Decide on a theme
Having no idea what you want can lead to an office that looks disorganized and thrown together. Pick a theme for your home office before you purchase furniture and accessories. This will help you decide what style and color of furnishings you want to purchase to give the room a cohesive look.
For instance, if you want a traditional style office, you should look for dark or medium wooden furniture or gray metal furniture to achieve a traditional look. If you dream of working in a cozy cottage office, you will want to look for white or weathered style furnishings to help you create a feeling of a seaside cottage.
Select a desk and chair first
The heart of your home office will be the desk, so you should consider how you will use your desk. If you plan to work on a laptop or simply use the desk for paying household bills or checking email, a smaller desk will work. However, if you are planning to work from home and need to use books or other materials for research, you should get a large desk to accommodate your needs.
The best chair is the one that's most comfortable. You may want to allot most of your budget to purchase a good chair that provides lumbar support for your back. Never settle for a chair that's miserable to sit in.
Put In the finishing touches
Purchase used bookcases to use as a filing system. Shop flea markets for baskets and bins to keep bookcase shelves neat and organized with all your office supplies. Old mugs and jars can be repurposed for organizing pens and pencils on your desk.
Round out the room with a fun rug in a design to match your theme. Find a piece of framed art you love to dress up a wall. Accent shelves with candles or other treasures you find at a local garage or yard sale.
Having the home office of your dreams is as close as your pre-owned furniture store. Visit local garage sales or flea markets to accessorize your office on the cheap. You will be amazed at how much money you can save and still have an office that looks like you spent a fortune.