Whether your kids have moved out of your family home or you have that spare bedroom that has remained untouched for quite some time, you have made the decision to create a home office for yourself. The kitchen table is no longer sufficing for your home office needs. The best way to begin converting the room is to empty it out completely. Rearranging furniture and trying to work with the current contents still in the room can be very tough. You want a fresh start and seeing the room empty will allow you to visualize your organization strategy.
Many spare bedrooms/home offices can be small so the space needs to be used creatively. Here are some tips to help make the conversion easier and take advantage of the space you have.
- Vertical Space: Use the vertical space you have by installing shelving or when finding a desk, purchase one with a large hutch above it.
- Corner Space: Corners are often underutilized spaces, think about installing a dedicated corner desk unit instead of a standard desk. Especially if for your work you assemble presentations or are using lots of papers at a time, the desk space will be very useful.
- Back Drop: Design an attractive backdrop. With video conferencing becoming a more and more popular way to communicate, particularly for employees who work from their homes, it is important to consider the view from your webcam. you want a clean and neat presentation to whomever you are conferencing with.
- Lighting: Lighting is very important. You do not want to be squinting to read your paperwork or computer. If the room does not have great overhead lighting, invest in some standing lamps.
There are many advantages to turning a spare room into a home office. A dedicated office space in your home can in some cases be a tax write-off. If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes. If you put in the time to re-organize your spare room, having that private home office will be a great reward!
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