In many homes, an empty extra bedroom or guest room can easily be converted into a home office. Even if you don't have a whole room in which to arrange an office, closet- even a small one- is a good place to set up a computer, fax machine, and supplies, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. You can even have an office under the stairs. First, determine what the office is going to be used for- work, correspondence, paying bills, organizing the household, children's homework- and what equipment you will need. The basic requirements of a home office are the same: function, space, and comfort. You will need a desk, a supportive chair, task lighting, file cabinets or boxes, shelves or bookcases, and a power source. These recommendations are all in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook.
Next, figure out which area of your home best suits your needs, while also considering how the placement of your office will affect your household. Make sure that the closet or room will provide enough space for all of your office items and equipment. If you require privacy, then the attic, basement, or an area of the house without a lot of traffic is best. If you will be meeting clients, then the main floor is ideal.
If you need more work space than your desk allows, an additional surface with a usable countertop, such as a filing cabinet or credenze at a comfortable height,(between 27-30 inches), can help increase the available area.Choose one of three standard configurations: parallel, L-shape, or U-shape. A parallel arrangement allows you to move easily between the two surfaces. L-shape and U-shape configurations, with additional work surfaces arranged at right angles to the primary work surface, are more practical if you need to do multiple tasks. Also, L-shape and U-shape configurations make it easier to keep everything at your fingertips, allowing you to access necessary documents, files, or equipment without the even getting up from your chair.
Once you spend some time working in the space, you will set it up in a way that makes sense but remains flexible, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.