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With increased Internet connectivity and remote networking, the number of people working from home continues to grow, as does the importance of a functional home office. If you’re spending five to eight hours a day working from home, you’re likely to want a space that’s devoted to work, and combines comfort and practicality. There are many ways to turn a room in your house into a home office.

Your desk area is probably the most important part of the home office, and there are endless ways to set up your desk. You’ll want to consider how important it is for you to be near a window, whether you want the desk to be built into your shelving, how you will set up your computer(s), printer, and other equipment, whether you want to build-in your filing and organizational system, etc. The size, layout, and electrical outlets of your room will also impact your desk size and where it will be located.

Shelving is another highly important component of the home office, and greatly contributes to the overall atmosphere of the room. Shelves and bookcases come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, which can make your shelving choices complex. You might be looking for floor-to-ceiling, rich dark wood bookcases, or looking to open your space up with minimal shelving, exposed walls, and bright color. You might be looking to maximize space by building shelves into your office walls. You’ll also want to consider what you are looking for in the way of drawers and file organization. If you are looking at storing years’ worth of files in your home office, you’ll have to account for that.

Lighting is also an important consideration in a room where you are likely doing a great share of reading and writing, whether on a computer screen or on paper. How do you want to utilize natural light from the windows? Will you choose overhead lighting, floor and desk lamps, or built-in shelf lighting?

An experienced contractor can help you utilize your space and make all of the components of your home office work together effectively. He or she has the tools and knowledge to turn your room into the kind of space you’ll enjoy spending a great deal of time in. Signature Contractors provides you with the resources to achieve a home office that fits your needs and budget. Visit our directory of experienced home contractors to request a free assessment today.

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