Home Office Remodeling Ideas
Smart projects that give your home workspace a new look
By Jeffrey Jenkins
Considering the amount of time you spend in your home office -- paying bills, checking email and returning phone calls, among other tasks -- it should be a welcoming and functional room. A home office doesn't have to look like a dull, drab business office. Give your office a fresh appearance by changing some of the décor and undertaking a few remodeling projects.
The first thing that should go is any old, outdated carpet. Replace it with a plush medium-grade carpet, or opt for new hardwood flooring. New flooring makes any room feel fresh and new.
Since a home office is part of your home as well as a workspace, repaint the walls with a calm, relaxing color. You don't necessarily need to paint your office white; a light teal gives a gentle and homey feel to a room.
Replace any bleak office lighting with more modern and convenient track lighting. This lighting is perfect for a home office because you can direct the lights where you need them most. Spotlight your file cabinets, fax machine, desk or whatever area in which you are working.
Install one bookshelf all the way around the perimeter of the room at about 6 ½ feet off the floor. This will make the shelf easy to reach but will also allow you to walk under it. And it will give you a place to display your family mementos and awards, so you don't have to clutter your desk with pictures and artifacts.
Purchase storage shelving units and organizers to remodel your home office closet. If you have boxes of computer paper and office supplies on your floor, this added organization space will free up your floor space and allow you to add another filing cabinet or end table.
Replace an old-fashioned computer desk with a sophisticated, flat desk unit. With your new bookshelf installed, you won't need the storage shelves on your desk. Place a sleek, matching end table or plant stand nearby. With all your office supplies neatly stored in the closet, you now have room for some additional small furniture. Select a comfortable chair to go with the desk.
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Jeffrey Jenkins is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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