Decor Dilemmas – How to Make the Most of Your Home Office Furniture

The home office, unlike other rooms in the home, is truly multifunctional. Part work, part play, part possible guest room, the home office needs to serve several purposes. Since it works as more than just one kind of space, organization is key. Improving the home office is the first step towards making sure it functions like a smooth running machine.

Measuring how much space you have is always the first step. Depending on the where the electrical outlets and phone jack are, you may be limited in where you can place a work desk. Be sure to buy a surge protector for all the wires necessary to hook up your computer, monitor, speakers, cables, printer, and lamps (whew!). If you own a laptop, you will not need a huge desk, since it's smaller and the printer will not take up that much room. A flat panel desktop computer will fit in nicely with a huge selection of desks. Peripheral equipment like scanners and printers can fit in under-the-desk storage compartments. It's a good idea to measure this equipment before purchasing-this way, you know whether it will fit or not.

Corner desks are ideal in small spaces. These desks maximize space by taking up less floor space but giving you enough room to move around in and place all your work stuff in its drawers. These desks work well with both laptops and desktop computers, and it in turn leaves you with enough room for other furniture. Another option is a desk hutch, which you place over the top of the desk. A handy addition, a desk hutch gives you more space up top instead of taking up more floor space. You can place odds and ends pieces like office equipment (paper clips, staplers) or make the home office like the regular office with family photos and knickknacks from vacations.

With the cables out of harm's way, and a desk set up, you can add the rest of the furniture you want to make the home office a flexible space. Add a bed or a futon sofa to rest in or for when company comes to visit. A couple of extra chairs will make video gaming on the computer extra fun with friends over. Bookcases are probably the best furniture piece you can invest in for the home office, since they will hold books, paperwork, and office supplies. A filing cabinet is also a good idea for organizing your papers and important documents. Both of these take up little space but keep the home office under control and manageable.