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How To Choose The Perfect Desk For A Home Office

If you work from home and have a dedicated room to conduct your business affairs in, then selecting the right desk is the key to a good design. Not only will a desk be sympathetic to the overall décor of the room but assist you when it comes to working efficiently. Of course, a home office that does not have to double up as another space, like a guest bedroom, means that you will have a lot more flexibility with your choice of desk.

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However, even if you are pushed for available room and the office is a hybrid space, the key furniture element will be your choice of desk. If it is too large for the room, then the environment can feel like it is a bit weighed down by work. Too small, and you feel cramped when you are trying to be productive.

Built In Desks.

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A good idea for a choice of home office desk is to have it integrate with other furniture. This is a particularly welcome approach if your home office is also a bedroom, since the desk can easily switch functions and become a dressing table, when required. A simple desk set over a couple of cabinets with shelving units above will work well, but remember to install adequate power before fitting your furniture. There is nothing to stop you using an additional desk in the room that you can wheel out of the way when you need to, leaving the built in desk in situ. Alternatively, if you have a dedicated home office, a built in desk that runs along the entire length of a wall is a great look to go for.

Multiple Work Stations.

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If more than one person needs to share the workspace environment in your home, then you will need more than one desk, or a desk that is large enough for several people to sit at. A triangular arrangement makes for cooperative working but eats up the available floor space. A simpler look to pull off is a long shared desk space with the individual work stations broken up by drawer units.

Desks To Impress.

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Sometime desks are not so much about your productivity, but to impress clients when they come to your home office. If your business relies on this sort of display, then don’t hold back. Desks are also places to strike a deal, after all.

Ultra Slim Desks.

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If you need a work space, but do not have very much room to work with, then an ultra slim desk is the obvious solution. Somewhere that is wide enough for you to fill out a form or use a tablet will be adequate unless you need to work for long periods at a time. Select a desk that does not look like a workstation when it is not in use or that integrates into the corner of a room. Indeed many workstation type desks are designed to fit into the corner of a room, to minimise the amount they get in the way when you are not using them.

Extra Space.

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Need some additional work space for your home office, but not all of the time? Pull out desk units are a good idea to offer you an extra space to work from. Pull down, bureau-type, desks are another good solution because they fold away neatly when the working day is done. They are ideal if you work in your living room. For the ultimate in extra work space, go for a fold out convertible desk that also offers some storage space for you office essentials.

Bold Colors.

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For home offices that share their room with another function, it is best to keep your choice of desk color neutral. If you have a home office that does not have this limitation, then go for bold color choice that will be the mainstay of the room’s design. Primary colors make for ideal home office desks.

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Posted in Office Design Ideas on February 2, 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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