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A home office will generally be a small room-or perhaps even a corner of a large room-so it is good to consider the layout of your office clearly throughly before you start to purchase furniture, storage units, and accessories. You should also carefully measure room's dimensions so that the furniture you buy will fit in the available space.


The desk should be in proportion to the size of the room and placed to make you comfortable when working. If you use a computer, do not sit with your back to a window or the screen will be almost invisible. Similarly, do not sit facing a window unless you are prepared to keep the blinds closed. Ideal position is to place the desk adjacent to or pulled back from, the window and angle your computer screen away from the light. Also ensure enough space for an office chair to be easily pulled back. The desk position should also allow easy wiring. Electric outlets can be installed on the floor instead of walls if the desk is positioned centrally, but be sure to work this into your rewiring plan.


When it comes down to choosing an office chair, go for the one that doesn't dominate the room or make it impossible or uncomfortable to sit at the desk. Allow at least a 4 ft (1.25m) clear gap from the edge of the desk to avoid chair bumping a wall or other furniture when you push back to stand up. If your room doubles as a living space, you might would like to incorporate the chair into the existing seating area; if so make sure you are able to move the chair back and forth without any hinderance from other furniture.


Wall-mounted cabinets and shelves should be a little more deeper than a file or three-ring binder. Wide, streamlined cabinets with sliding doors should be selected if you do not have enough space for doors to open out. Hang the cabinets and shelves at eye level so you can easily see and reach to the required items. Make sure they do not block natural light source. If you have an alcove, it can be used for shelving. If you have no option left, install a high shelf to store files and items that you rarely use.


The file cabinet should be placed in a convenient position ie. within or beneath the desk, so that you do not have to get out of your seat to open a drawer. If a set of desk drawers isn't enough for your files, consider the floor space: tall, thin filling cabinets are perfect for rooms with little spaces. If space is not a problem, lower, wider units can be set behind or adjacent to the desk and are a good option that will also provide you with another work surface to store extras such as in-box trays.


Every home office must have a bulletin board: it can be used to display paperwork such as reminders, timetables, calendars, notes, bills, lists and other relevant information. It should be positioned in an easy reach place where you can see it all the time-to the one side of your desk for example. If you find it hard to keep it looking neat, use an area near the desk that is not immediately visible on entering the room.

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