Choose Home Office Furniture That Inspires

A dedicated room just for an office is a luxury most people would like. It can be separate from the rest of the house, in a spare bedroom, or unused basement room. (irina88w/iStock)

Shopping for functional and stylish home office furniture? You’re definitely not alone. The home office has become an increasingly important room in the Canadian home. No longer just a place for the family CFO to pay bills or file important documents, the home office has in fact become the home base for many full-time and part-time telecommuters, small business owners, and bloggers across the country.  

A charming hide-away home office is tucked into a closet under the stairs. (monkeybusinessimages/iStock)

A charming hide-away home office is tucked into a closet under the stairs. (monkeybusinessimages/iStock)

Closet Office

Many industrious homeowners have converted seldom-used closets into closet offices. To prevent this space from feeling too confined, keep colours light and build up with shelving. Ensure that the doors can be closed to hide your office away when the space is used for guests or any other purpose.

Shop small space specialists like Ikea to get desktops that can be purchased independently of their legs. This will allow you to anchor your desktop to the closet walls or rest it on top of the cabinets. Add floating shelves for easy access storage and to unify the look.

A kitchen office can be very basic, but the decor should blend in with the rest of the kitchen. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock)

A kitchen office can be very basic, but the decor should blend in with the rest of the kitchen. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock)

Kitchen Nook                 

The kitchen nook isn’t a new idea in North American homes. In fact, this was typically where mom’s office resided. It was where she made grocery lists, paid bills, and indulged in chitchat over that old corded rotary phone. (Can you imagine not being able to walk from room to room while on the phone?)

The kitchen is still a great place to get some work done, provided you can keep any little ones out of your things (and off of your lap). To make the space blend in with the rest of the kitchen, continue the cabinet into the workspace and opt for a desktop that matches the countertops. Store important documents in locked lower cupboards (to keep little fingers away), and try stashing your printer in a pullout lower cupboard as well. The key is to create a productivity-inspiring spot that doesn’t compromise the esthetics of your kitchen.

A wall at the end of a family room, bedroom, or spare room can be a great space for a larger work area that can be used by all members of the family, including children doing their homework.  (poligonchik/iStock)

A wall at the end of a family room, bedroom, or spare room can be a great space for a larger work area that can be used by all members of the family, including children doing their homework. (poligonchik/iStock)

Spare Bedroom Office

Another common home office space is in a spare bedroom. Sometimes, this is a dedicated office space, reserved 100 percent for that purpose. However, it can also be used as a dual purpose space, which occasionally acts as a guest room.

When you have an office/guest room, the goal is to create a space that feels welcoming in either configuration. The best way to accomplish this is by keeping your desk and office storage to one side of the room. Then, in the available space, you can add a sleeper sofa, full-size bed, or even install a Murphy bed.

 For a home office in a small space, choose an area where there is lots of light. (undrey/iStock)

For a home office in a small space, choose an area where there is lots of light. (undrey/iStock)

Dedicated Home Office

If you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated home office space, then consider yourself lucky. Many people who work outside of the home don’t even have their own office these days. So having a room of one’s own can be a real treat.

When it comes to furnishing your own dedicated home office space, choose pieces that make you happy and keep you productive. If you expect to have clients or colleagues drop by from time to time, you will want to include guest chairs and perhaps a small refreshment cart in your office.

Darla Grant-Braid is the Social Media and Content Manager for eieihome.com

Article originally published by EiEi Home Inc. For more information on articles, reviews, and contractors in your area, please see their website at www.eieihome.com

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