While you’re hunting for great deals on discount office furniture, you shouldn’t neglect design in favor of lower prices.
The look and feel of your home office furniture and workspace will help determine how you feel about working. Good design and decor can make you feel energized, while bad design can suck the strength right out of you.
This is why many people who work at home find themselves sitting on couches, at kitchen tables, or (worse) in their beds when they work. However, sitting in a sub-optimal environment like this isn’t good for your productivity.
To get the most out of your time spent working and to enjoy your work the most, follow these tips for designing your home office space with discount office furniture, fun artwork, and more.
Put a Nice Sofa in Your Office
Yes, we just talked about how you shouldn’t sit on your living room couch to work. But this sofa won’t be for working on. Having a soft piece of furniture normally reserved for family rooms can add a sense of comfort to an office. It’s also a great place for visiting friends and family to sit and chat while you aren’t working. In fact, the average couch will seat more than 782 people over the course of its useful lifetime.
With lots of discount couches for sale, it shouldn’t be hard to find one that matches the theme you’re going for. If you have the space for it, putting a beautiful, cozy sofa against one wall of your office can be a great first step to setting up a room you feel comfortable in.
Make it Personal
When you look around for discount office furniture, keep in mind that your home office shouldn’t just be functional. Productivity is less about having a place to sit and work and more about having the inspiration and mental energy to pump out creative ideas.
To foster this creative energy, it’s important that your home office reflects your personality and tastes.
Paint the walls not based on what’s trending now, but on what colors really speak to you. Buy a small bookshelf and put the books on display that you most want to take inspiration from. You’ve probably collected at least a few knickknacks and collectibles over the years and you could buy a special shelf or two to show them off.
Having decor that speaks to who you are and who you aspire to be can be highly invigorating and motivating when it comes time to work.
Open the Windows
Natural light is one of the single greatest assets to your productivity in a home office. If you have windows in your office, dress them with some nice curtains or blinds that match your theme, but keep them open during the day. If you’re uncomfortable having the windows open to the world like that and need more privacy, you can get a set of translucent sheer curtains to accompany your normal curtains or blinds. These will keep prying eyes from seeing in without keeping natural light out.
If you don’t have much natural light in your office, you should consider moving your discount office furniture to another room of the house with more windows. You won’t regret making the transition.
Add Some Green
Green is a soothing, healing color. House plants offer a calming, natural presence. Get both into your office with one or two large potted plants. They’ll thrive in the natural light and — besides making the place look beautiful — they’ll make you feel better and more energetic.
Snake plants and ZZ plants both make excellent options for indoor greenery. A side benefit of having indoor plants is that they help clean the air inside your house, preventing any stale, suffocating air quality.
Make Your Own Art
To continue helping you decorate your perfect office on a tight budget, try creating your own artwork to decorate your walls.
It’s not nearly as difficult or complicated as it sounds. Anything can be art: photographs you’ve taken, framed pieces of leftover wrapping paper, or even jewelry hung inside a shadowbox.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to make your home office a delightful place to work.