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Apr-19-12

DIY Home Office Furniture

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When setting up your home office, you need four standard pieces of furniture: desk, office chair, file cabinet and bookshelves. If you’re on a budget, search for used office furniture at the thrift shop, at yard sales or in the classified section of the newspaper or Internet. Discount stores also sell new office furniture that will typically need to be assembled.

Be Creative

  • Think outside of the box when looking for office furniture. If you can’t find the ideal desk, it is possible to create a large office desk that is both attractive and functional. Begin by looking for a two-drawer file cabinet. If you can find two that match, buy both. Now you have the bottom half of a desk.

Desktop

  • The next step is finding a top for your desk. Use a door, or have a countertop made. Some home improvement stores sell sections of pre-cut countertops for a reasonable price. Or look for something at the thrift stores or yard sales that might work.

Assembling the Desk

  • To assemble the desk, lay the desktop on the two file cabinets, with a cabinet under each end. The top should be long enough so that a chair will fit in the center. If you only have one file cabinet, attach the end of the tabletop (without a file cabinet) to a wall. Do this by nailing a horizontal strip of wood on the wall, the same height as the file cabinet. Before laying the end of the tabletop on the strip of wood, apply an adhesive, like Liquid Nails.

Custom Look

  • If you found attractive two-drawer file cabinets, in a wood you like, consider customizing the desktop, by having similar wood trim added to the edge of the counter when you order it from the cabinet shop. The final product will look like a custom desk, for a fraction of a cost.

Bookshelves

  • There are many ways to add bookshelves to your home office. Individual shelves can be hung directly on the wall, using brackets. You can use the technique employed by decades of college students — stacks of cinderblock (positioned under opposing ends of the shelf) with shelving sandwiched between each layer of cinderblock ends. You might also find the ideal free-standing bookshelf.

Desk Chair

  • If you plan to be spending a lot of time at the desk, take special care when choosing the desk chair. Inexpensive and comfortable new chairs can be found at discount department or warehouse stores, if you are unable to find a suitable used chair. If necessary, spend a little more to buy a comfortable chair.

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Apr-19-12

How to Design a Small Home Office

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Working from home has become common, spurring the need for many homeowners and renters to set up an office in their residence. When designing a small home office it is important to first identify how the office will be used. Considerations when deciding on a location include the hours that will be spent in the office and whether it will be strictly for private use.
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    Make a list of the office equipment you plan to install, and consider how you can consolidate different pieces of equipment to conserve space. For example, if you need a printer, fax and scanner, it is possible to get one piece of equipment to do all three tasks.

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    Consider wireless computer equipment. With wireless hardware you can avoid mapping out the wires and connections from one piece of equipment to another.

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    Map out the approximate area needed to contain the office equipment and furniture you would like to install. This is to give you a general idea of the size of desk or cabinets that will be required to house the equipment.

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    Take an inventory of the type of office furniture you would like. Typical office furniture include a desk, computer desk, file cabinet and bookshelves.

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    Locate the area where you will place the home office. Choose a space that has good ventilation and lighting; adequate heating and cooling; sufficient electrical outlets; and privacy. If you need phone lines, consider the cost of running lines if none are available.

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    Look for a view. If you plan to spend many hours in the home office, look for an area that has a window with a view. If you only need a very small area, and don’t plan to spend much time in the home office, a large closet or utility room might be adequate.

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    Assign your furniture double duty. If you are forced to install the home office in a guest room, and don’t want to give up the guest room, consider installing a Murphy bed, hide-a-bed couch or futon. But be advised, if you intend to write off the space as an income tax deduction, there may be restrictions on how you can use the area. Check with your tax advisor.

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    Draw a floor plan of the room to scale, using grid paper. Arrange, on paper, the positioning of the office equipment and furniture. Consider the location of electrical outlets and available light.

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Apr-19-12

Effective Office Design

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Whether looking to design an in-home office for one, or an on-site office for 100, effective office design takes into account factors that affect the safety, physical and psychological well-being of its employees. Creating an office design that promotes productivity and ultimately, profitability for you, requires thought and planning prior to implement.

 

Understand

  • Because effective office design focuses on a bigger, long-term picture, current needs must also take into account long-term business goals. A thorough understanding of the company mission, current business position and future growth plans are necessary. In addition, it is important to understand that a cost-driven approach to office design is not necessarily the best approach. While you must consider cost, making it the only factor leads to an office design plan that may fail in long-term vision.

Analyze

  • The analysis stage consists of documenting, defining and beginning the development of a conceptual floor plan. First, create a flowchart that documents the current office layout. Next, define activities and the relationships between activities performed within the current layout. Analyze the current office design, processes and workflows and compare these against future growth plans to allow for an estimation of square footage requirements.

Plan
  • Planning activities consists of completing the conceptual floor plan and includes both work zone and office equipment layouts. During this stage, variables such as safety regulations, workplace psychology and other environmental factors come into play. The cost factor weighs in more heavily during this stage, as budgeting is a necessary part of the planning process. Planning evaluates all these factors and results in a two-to-five-year plan defining strategic long-term goals that in turn determine short-term priorities and plans.

Take Action

  • Action involves implementation and continual monitoring. Action also involves modification if business conditions or market conditions change. An effective office design plan should be fluid enough to accommodate the unexpected while moving forward with the planned. Functionality is of the utmost importance and is often a determining factor in action modification. During the action stage, continued documentation serves as an important tool to ensure the success of both current and future design goals.

Considerations

  • While general principles of effective office design can provide a starting point, every business is different. An effective office design plan based on specifics rather than generalities will create a design that is right for your business. Take into account your people, your facilities and the tools at your disposal to create a safe and productive work environment. Using a process of understanding, analyzing, planning and finally taking action is the best way to create an effective office design.

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Apr-19-12

How to Design a Small Office

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If you are self-employed or if you work from home, then the first step in starting your small business is finding space for your home office. However, after you do this there can be some challenge involved in creating a functional work area. The following are some technical and design aspects that you should consider in order to get a small home office set up that makes it easy to perform your necessary tasks.

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    First, you need to make sure your home has the right quality of electrical supply. A single small laser printer will take 300 to 400 watts of power to run. Now think about how much electronic equipment you will need in order to operate your business. Make sure the circuitry in your home is able to handle all the electronic equipment you need to operate. When you know you have the basic wiring to run your home business, you can focus on the next aspect of designing your small office, which is lighting.

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    The existing lighting in your home is not often going to be appropriate for your home office needs. A small office design needs strong overhead lighting that also means you will need to purchase and install new light fixtures before you can focus on moving into your small home office. Determining how much workspace you have will help you to determine how much illumination you need to efficiently light your work area. After you have the correct lighting installed, you can focus on the next major area, which is ventilation.

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    Ventilation is often one of the most overlooked design elements of the small office and yet it is very important. Make sure the ventilation is appropriate to keep all your electronic equipment cool and running at peak performance. Second, you need to make sure the ventilation provides you with a comfortable atmosphere to work in. After these three aspects, you will have the basic infrastructure in place for your small home office. Now you can focus on what actually goes into your home office design.

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    First, you want to consider your storage options. Having a good storage system is crucial to the success of a small business. Three good storage options to consider include a filing cabinet, a supply closet and/or a place to sort incoming and outgoing mail.

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    Now you want to consider the foundation of your home-based small office design, the desk. While many think that installing a massive computer desk is a good idea, the new trend is for smaller spaces. This is because smaller laptops and flat panel monitors require less room. Therefore, you can often get by with a standard executive style desk. It is also important that you find a comfortable and supportive chair if you are going to spend long periods at your desk.

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