Combining Comfort And Professionalism In Your Home Office Design
A lot of professionals have decided not to return to the office full time, and instead are designing home offices to work from indefinitely. If you won’t be seeing clients, colleagues, managers, or vendors in your home office, you probably don’t need to worry too much about how your office looks as long as you have a neutral background for virtual meetings with video.
But if there is a chance that anyone related to your business might come to your home, you should make sure that it is both comfortable and professional. Although most people are expecting a more casual look and feel to a home office than an office building, they are still going to expect the space to have an air of professionalism.
So how do you find that balance between professionalism and casual comfort? Why go to these lengths to create a comfortable space for visitors to your home office? Because it is always best to make your guests feel comfortable and at home, especially if you will be trying to sell something or negotiate a deal.
The more physically comfortable someone is the more open and relaxed they will be. This is often the best attitude to face when you are trying to be convincing for any reason. Here are some things to keep in mind.
What Furniture To Include In Your Home Office
If you’ve already been pricing office furniture, you have probably realized that it is extremely, and sometimes unfairly, priced. You can often find domestic furniture that can serve the same purpose at a much lower cost. If you go that route, you should still have a large or L-shaped desk for your work area. You can get a gaming chair that offers the same support as an executive office chair but as much as $100 less.
A couple of accent chairs on the other side of the desk is a good idea, but you’ll have more versatility if these chairs have casters or easily slide across the floor while still being comfortable. You can then create a comfortable conversation corner with a loveseat, and pull over the matching accent chairs when needed. You can also use those same accent chairs to add seating to a small café style dinette table and chairs in place of a conference table.
How To Create a Cconversation Corner on a Shoestring Budget
Chances are your budget for your new home office is already stretched to the limit, and you might think you don’t have money for all of your office furnishings at this time. While you definitely need to have a desk and office chair, all of the other furniture in your office can be purchased as you can afford them.
After setting up your actual workstation, your next furniture purchase should be to create that conversation corner mentioned above. A loveseat is a perfect choice for such a corner because it is small enough that it doesn’t take up much space but still offers that homey comfort that puts people receptive and at ease. Shopping online is the best way to find cheap loveseats for sale, but you can also look at your local furniture stores.