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Cool Seating Choices For A Home Office

If you work from home then making sure you are comfortable in the domestic office environment is the key to the success of the space. If you have a dedicated study given over to home working it can be tempting to replicate a traditional office look. However, most of us have a work space that must double up, at least from time to time, as another sort of room.Even for home offices that are used everyday, there’s no particular reason to ignore that your room is in a home setting and stop it from having a homely touch or two.

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When it comes to seating, remember that an office chair should be homely as well as functional. If you work from a computer terminal or a laptop, make sure your seat can be adjusted for pitch and height. If you want a swivel seat, go for one with five legs rather than four, for stability. Don’t just have office type seating in your office. Include a comfortable seat that you can sit in and read as well as a seat to work from. These subtle changes will mean you work more effectively and can help you from maintaining one back position for too long.

Swivel Seats.

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One of the most popular choices for a home office is the tried and tested swivel seat. In many home offices and regular offices, swivel seats are large and can take up too much space. Unless you use the seat all day every day go for a cut down version, with armrests. Ideally the upholstery will be hard wearing, but match the office’s color scheme. Select a swivel seat that has some personality to it so that you can make it one of the central features of the room.

Banquette Seating.

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Banquette seating is ideal in a home office environment and is the perfect thing to compliment a swivel seat. Often domestic offices do not have enough room to have a sofa, so a banquette seat is a good alternative. Make the most of the space beneath a window and add a cushion or two. Banquette seats are great at in small spaces but will do equally well in larger, more formal, offices.

Home Offices Are Still Homely.

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Don’t feel the need to make your office look like a regular one you can find in any downtown block. Offices look cool enough even if they retain a homely décor. Include a soft furnished chair in your office that might also be at home in a lounge. If you meet with clients in your office, this can really make them feel at home.

Leather Upholstery.

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Hard wearing man-made fabrics are ideal for office furniture, but there is something about the feel of a leather seat that is unbeatable. A leather upholstered swivel seat bridges the gap between a look that is homely and a more formal one. Vintage styled desk chairs, that mix chrome and leather, are on trend and will work with many home office décors. Leather seating is a cool look that will blend with wooden desks as well as other materials. And if your home office look is ultra-modern, then go for a dyed leather for your seat in a primary color.

Occasional Chairs.

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When you want a chair that takes up a bit less space, for instance in a home office that also has to double as a bedroom, go for an occasional chair instead of a regular office seat. Make sure the seat is soft furnished, even if the back is not. Reupholster an old dining chair to repurpose it as an occasional office chair. However, if you use your office for long periods, then it is best to invest in a fully adjustable swivel seat.

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Posted in Office Design Ideas on February 28, 2013

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Stefan
Stefan is the owner of Homedit.com – he started the site back in November 2008, from his passion for interior design and decorations and since then the site went from being a simple blog to one of the most popular home design websites on the web right now.

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