If you frequently work from the house, a custom-designed home office is a necessity. Sure you may have spaces in your house that are comfortable but are they just as practical? A home office should be a tranquil retreat from the hectic Washington, D.C. pace, an inspiring environment for reflective thought, a quiet location for reviewing family finances, and a place for sustained creativity and productivity. If you’re eyeing an empty room as a potential office or would like to transform your current office into a far more useful and comfortable space, Closet America offers five home office inspiration ideas to help you get started.
5 Home Office Inspiration Ideas
#1) The Space of Your Dreams
Imagine for a moment you’re sitting in a comfortable new office chair surrounded by a desk, comfortable furniture, and accessories custom designed specifically for you. It’s not just any desk, but a desk exactly calibrated to your chair height for optimum comfort and ergonometric efficiency. The desk has ample workspace to accommodate all the tools of your trade and make sure they’re within easy reach. This is a built-in corner desk that has depth for two, or even three, hi-res flat screen monitors for work, entertainment, gaming, or a mix of each. You’re not completely wireless yet, but all cords, cables, and connectivity can be neatly grouped, routed through custom-cut grommets, and hidden from sight. Closet America can turn an imagination like this into a reality.
#2) The Soothing Glide of Self-Closing Drawers
Traditional tools of the office such as pencils, pens, notepads, and a stapler can be contained in a soft-close drawer that glides quietly and effortlessly. There’s also the option to have two drawers designed to organize important financial documents, insurance policies, and a collection of other important records you often access. It can be somewhat mesmerizing and even soothing to watch these drawers close with a quiet hush.
With custom components, you can also have a special space designed for the printer. Let’s face it, as paperless as you may try to be, there’s someone’s homework, a schedule, permission slip, or recipe that just needs to be printed. A custom-designed desk can feature a shelf with the perfect clearance and located at the ideal height.
#3) Sturdy Shelves Hold Information and Memories
Shelves can be installed within reach of your desk, designed for the books that you often reference and family pictures and mementos that you treasure. Yes, the world’s becoming digital, but there’s something wonderfully reassuring about a well-worn book in-hand or a notebook used to capture nascent ideas in words and sketches. A few of the shelves can be devoted to free-standing, framed pictures of the family and one-of-a-kind souvenirs from vacations abroad. A quick glance at a picture or souvenir is a welcome distraction from heads-down work and a reminder of some of your most cherished memories.
Because there are a couple dozen books that you just can’t seem to part with—photo albums, college textbooks, classics, and a few first-edition bestsellers—a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf can be designed and installed to carefully cradle them a bit longer. And these shelves are sturdy, made from modern, thermo-fused materials with locking shelf supports.
#4) The Possibilities Are Nearly Endless
Because all of our components are custom designed and fitted to your unique space, we have the ability to take any inspired idea you have and make it a reality. Nothing is too over-the-top when you deserve it. For example, we can even design components to fit around a built-in mini refrigerator, prepared to quench your thirst at a moment’s notice.
#5) Let There Be Light (and Ambiance)
Every light in your office should be thoughtfully positioned. No dark areas. No glare. Soft accent lighting shows off family photos and souvenirs on your shelves. Not only should lighting be functional, but it should also add an ambiance that makes your office a place in which you really enjoy working.
Transform Home Office Inspiration Into Reality
Transform your home office inspiration into reality by working with a home office expert who has designed and installed custom home offices for a multitude of clients in the Washington, D.C. area. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable process. An experienced designer meets at your home at a time that is convenient for you. During that consultation, the designer explores the home office ideas that inspire you, asks about your work habits, notes the technology and accouterments you plan to have in your home office and takes precise measurements of the space.
Based on your consultation your designer develops a 3D model on a computer. This virtual walkthrough of your home office gives you the opportunity to modify the design, relocating shelves, adding or subtracting additional drawers, or changing the finish. When you finalize the design, the 3D model drives the manufacturing process so that all components are crafted to precisely fit your space. Finished components are carefully protected and loaded into custom-designed delivery vans to guarantee safe delivery. Installation professionals can usually install your new office in a day, and that very evening you’re enjoying the reality of your home office inspiration.
Closet America is the D.C. area’s leading designer and installer of home offices, closets, and pantries. Our experienced designers create unique solutions specifically tailored to meet your work and storage needs. To transform your home office inspiration into reality schedule your free home office design consultation today.