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Working at home?

Convert a room in your house into a well-designed and productive work space.

india Updated: May 15, 2010 00:49 IST
Aroma Sah

Your files are on the centre table in the living room and your important papers are scattered on the bed. The stationary is idling on the dining table while the paper printer is mounted on a table in another room. For many who work from home, the scenario is all to familiar. It is better to convert one room into an office space than clutter the entire house.

Plan well
First, identify an appropriate space for the home office. “Size makes little difference, but the area should’ve adequate natural light and be in a quieter part of the house. Ensure that there’s adequate storage for files, papers, books and space for desk, some visitor chairs and a place to relax.

Lastly, see there are enough electrical points for equipment, lamps, chargers, etc,” says Ashish Taneja, CEO, Zolijns. The positioning of furniture is important, too. “Place the furniture to make best use of available light. A well-matched table (that can fit all your papers) and chair are the bare basics,” says Monica Kamal, interior designer.

Extra effect
“Cool colours work best for office walls. These could be any neutral — white, grey and beige. Choose modern artworks that give a positive impression, and also inspire and motivate,” says Kamal. A couple of nice artworks help but don’t overdo. “Keep it simple — workstation, some chairs and a nice bookshelf.

Reserve a corner for all the equipment. A comfortable lounge chair if you have the budget and the space can do wonders,” says Taneja. A desk with a pedestal for storage, five-in-one is space efficient. Don’t forget to distinguish an area for stationary items such as penholder, paperweight and organiser.