Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Home Office Refurbishment Tips

Recent estimates report that 33% of Americans are self-employed in some capacity. Now, the report didn't break it down into full-time or part-time details, but it means one thing for certain - lots of home offices! Whether you're remodeling a bedroom into your office, or remodeling your current one, you can use these home office refurbishment tips.

Office Interior Lighting

All interior lighting is not the same. In the office, in particular, it falls in three distinct categories: general, task, and accent lighting. How much of each you use depends on your needs. General lighting is usually implemented with overhead fluorescent fixtures.

Task lighting is used to focus on your work area to avoid eye strain. Good choices here are undercabinet, track, monorail, or Y lighting systems with halogen or LED bulbs.

Accent lighting usually illuminates artwork. This is taken care of with ceiling-mounted fixtures.

Buy Ergonomic Furniture

This is important for your comfort and long-term health. The two most critical pieces are an ergonomic office chair and computer desk. Before shopping, know what you need. Draw a detailed plan noting where things should be situated.

Although it might be tempting to do so, I wouldn't recommend placing the fax, copier, and printer where you can just reach over to make a quick paper grab. Why? Because you need to get out of your chair now and then to get the blood flowing!

Flooring - Choose Wisely

You've got many choices when it comes to flooring. Carpet is the best choice for sound control and if you'll be spending a lot of time on your feet. The downside is that occasionally you'll have to hire carpet cleaners.

Are you after a a more contemporary look? You might consider laminate or hardwood flooring.

When it comes to sprucing up your home office, consider that you'll be spending more time in there than you would a conventional office. Plan accordingly.

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