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We hereby declare that all high achievers should have some type of home
office. It's not simply that you may need a space for office work or
for home work, but that you need a place for dream work. As Goethe
advised: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin."
Give yourself the space to do the
reading, writing, drawing, painting or planning you've always wanted
to do and have been meaning to do. Sure, there are other ways to
pursue those dreamsAndre Dubus III wrote his award-winning
House of Sand and Fog in the front seat of his Toyota Tercel wagon. Yet with
so many products now designed for a nontraditional office, there's
no place like home.
How frequently you work at home and how much solitude
you need will help determine the kind of space you require. You may
want to have more than one work area, depending on the task.
A room of one's
If you're lucky enough to have an extra room in your home, stake your claim to it. And it need not be
a traditional room. With about six feet of wall space and room enough for
you should be able to outfit a comfortable office. That might be the size of a large closet that could be converted, or the space
in an alcove off a bedroom that could be closed off. A retrofitted garden shed serves the writer Les
filing cabinet and
bookshelf are the
essentials, plus one more: a comfortable reading chair that forms the nucleus of a reading island. We'll all but
guarantee that having this island retreat of contemplative space will help you be more productive.
ModularityIf you buy modular furniture, you'll be
able to work around corners and windows and be ready for the extra
storage space you'll likely need later on. File cabinets that stack,
bookshelves that come apart and join together, and desk systems that
multiply are all smart choices.
LightingAs with any other room, have a variety of
ambient light supplemented with task light. You'll need a strategically
lamp and reading chair lamp adding to overall room lighting. Avoid overhead lights if you can and opt for
torcheres insteadthey're kinder on the eyes, and their indirect approach can lift your spirits.
The bedroom as
boardroomOften a guest bedroom
doubles as an office. Other times the master bedroom is the home
office. Designate one-and-one-half walls for your workspace and that
should give you the room you need for a desk, a task chair, files
and reference books.
furnitureThe challenge here is to
have a functional work area that blends with the room's decor.
Happily, high-quality office furniture these days can look more
furniture than office. Many bookshelves have doors that emulate credenzas or
hutch cabinets. File cabinets can pass for wood credenzas or wicker
hampers. Task chairs can be richly upholstered, and an armoire can
hide the computer clutter plus serve up a writing surface.
furnitureAnnex more space in creative,
decorative ways. Choose a bench for the end of the bed that hides
file drawers or other storage space. Put a reading chair in the room
rather than a straight-back chair, then pair it with a table
that also has hidden storage. Commandeer a drawer of the nightstands
for extra supplies or a shelf for reference books.
A fast and organized
you're working in a guest bedroom, be ready to vacate with minimal
disruption to your routine when guests arrive. Have a lap desk on
call plus attractive baskets that can shuttle files and supplies to your temporary
officeFor paying bills and
reconciling checkbooks, a mobile workstation that you can park in a
corner when not in use may be the ideal solution. The best ones will
come equipped to handle a laptop and printer, a small task light,
some filesand your cup of java.
A tip from our merchandising
director, when buying furniture on casters: keep in
mind the surfaces it will
be traversing. Large, wide casters work best on carpets. For wood or
tile floors, use casters with rubber padding. They'll not only
protect your floors but act as shock absorbers during transport.
The room you didn't
know you hadHere are two ways to
create more room from a small space:
1. Help on
When your furnishings can roll, you
can get double or even triple duty from the same space.
sanctuaryA small table and chair, a
stationery box and a lamp are all you need. Use this mini oasis,
which could be in a bedroom, living room or hall, just for
handwritten notes. Place a screen in front of it for added privacy.
Then recharge your spirit as you compose joyful missives the
Find the right physical space for your work at home, and it can help you be in the best thinking
space for accomplishing what you need to doand dream of doing.
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