As the workplace becomes increasingly portable, cultivating a home office that is comfortable, suitably stylish, and conducive to your productivity can require some creative ideas. In order to create a home office that maximizes its functionality, you'll first need to honestly assess how you want to use the space. Once you have that figured out, you can search for the best furniture and stylish decorative accents to complete your "look" within your budget. Ultimately, with a little creativity, you can transform any space into a functional office in your home.
Some professionals like the idea of a home office but would never, realistically, make use of it on a regular basis. In order to determine whether the effort to transform part of your home into a work environment will be worthwhile, make an honest assessment of the potential utility of your new space. If you enjoy working from the couch in front of the television, or at the kitchen table, perhaps all you need is an organized space to keep your work materials out of sight and out of mind when you're done with it. If this is the case, all you need to do is to free up some closet space. Modular, stackable file cabinets can easily fit inside most standard closets. Moreover, you can still use the space above the file cabinets to hang clothing, or to keep your all-in-one printer and wireless router hidden from plain view. Place an over-the-door hanging file rack to contain loose papers, bills, and magazines.
If the escape is what you crave, convert existing unused space into a private retreat. Lofted hallways are popularly featured as home office spaces in newer construction. Tool sheds, attics, walk-in closets, garages and basements can also be transformed with a coat of fresh paint. Enhance your privacy and define your space with a partial drywall or variable tint electric glass wall, large modular bookcases or a decorative silk folding screen. The right furniture, including desks with a hutch or shelving, can be situated to make an open space feel more contained. Closets can be emptied and doors can be removed to create a cozy office nook in any room.
In tighter spaces, rearranging furniture to liberate a corner of a living room, dining room, bedroom or kitchen may be all you need to outfit a work station. Many popular furniture and decoration retailers sell relatively inexpensive bookcase units that feature desks built into them. A writing desk can also double as a console table behind your couch. Consider storing your office odds and ends in desk-top caddies that keep your space organized and clutter-free.
Once you have an idea of how you will practically utilize your home office, shop for the furniture and decorative accents that will make your space feel like an office. And, last but not least, consider utilizing ambient elements such as floor and desk lamps, privacy shades for windows, an iPod sound dock, green plants and aromatherapy candles to make your office space feel like home.