The Best Home Office Designs – Warmer And Comfier Furniture Options

The Best Home Office Designs 

You are likely to spend a large amount of your time in your office and it is important to set this room up properly, whether it is at home or at work. It is important to be able to reach all important items without needing to stretch or twist, the space should be comfortable and inspiring, especially if you spend a lot of time in it. The best office space will suit your personal needs, to ensure you have the best space for your
needs follow these tips:

Assess the space you have available carefully-There is little point in having too little space or too much space left over. You will need a desk, chair and some sort of storage cabinet. Measure the space you have available before you add the furniture. This will ensure you get the best furniture for the space you have and your needs. You must consider how long you will actually spend sat at your office desk. If you only sit down for half an hour or even an hour at a time then you will be able to choose a stylish chair. However, if you are in your chair for long periods of the day at a tile you must go for comfort.

All eyes on the desk – the centerpiece of your office. Just as your chair needs to fulfill your physical needs so does your desk. You must choose a desk which has adequate space for you and the paperwork, laptop, phone and any other accessories you like to have to hand.  You may also wish to choose a desk with drawers to keep certain items available.

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Settle on a budget prior to buying furniture-It is important to consider how much you have to spend on your office furniture. Having a lower budget does not mean foregoing the good chair and desk; it does mean you may need to leave a wall unit or cabinet until a later date.

Ownership-Is the office space yours, or is it shared? This is an important question; if your space is shared you will need to consider the needs of those who are sharing the space and ensure they are comfortable as well.

Personal style– A truly comfortable office is one which reflects your personality. You may prefer contemporary pieces or antique furniture. Either option is acceptable, provided it creates a space that you feel comfortable and able to work in. If course, you may need to balance your preferences with what will look right in the office, particularly if it is shared.

Size– You will, undoubtedly, be aware of the importance of sitting properly at your desk. To ensure you are able to sit in the optimum position you will need to choose a desk and chair which will be proportion to you and your needs.

The walls- These should be painted a soothing, pastel color, preferably one that you like. This will help to make your office feel warm and comfortable. You should also hang several pictures which reflect you personal outlook or artistic preference. The walls can also be used to add a small notice board or even an organizer to help you know where and what you are doing.

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Quality-It is important to choose quality products when setting up your office. They may cost a little more in the first place but they are almost certain to, last longer and feel more solid when being handled. This is an important consideration if you spend a lot of time in your office. Handmade metal furniture pieces for example, can be extremely practical. Invest in items with multiple purposes so that you can easily deposit your paperwork and keep things organized.

Lighting– One of the most important parts of any room is the lights. You should aim to have as much natural light as possible. You will also need some good overhead lights and, possibly a desk lamp to help with smaller, intricate work. Lights should not give you headaches and they should add a touch of style to your space.

Turn your home office into the most comfortable working environment and choose furniture sets that are both stylish and practical. Comfort should be a top priority as well, and before making any decisions, make sure to settle on a budget.

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A hardwood floor can look fantastic when it is first laid, however, over time it will fade, become scratched and probably attract a few blemishes. Fortunately it is possible to refinish a real wood floor and return it to an as new condition. It is recommended to complete the following procedure once every eight to ten years, although this timescale can be reduced for those areas which are used more frequently; such as the kitchen or hallway.


Refinishing a hardwood floor will take between five and seven days. It is essential to be aware of this before you start to ensure you have enough time to complete the job. You may also need to consider an alternative route around your house for this time period, or even setting up a temporary kitchen! One of the first things you will need to do is remove all furniture from the room, you will also have to ensure any pets are kept away from the area and that children will not destroy your work. It may be prudent to complete the work when your family can take a few days vacation.

Compile your kit

In order to complete this job successfully it is essential to have the right tools available. It is best to compile these before you start any work.

  • Orbital Sander
  • Scraper
  • Masking Tape
  • Rags
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Stain; oil based
  • Varnish
  • Long handled roller
  • Brushes
  • Paint trays

Preparing the Room

Tape the room! The first stage will involve sanding and this will create a large amount of dust. Before you start sanding you need to tape up electrical sockets and anything else which can trap the dust. You may also want to lay a line of tape at the doorway to ensure anyone else in the house knows that work is being completed in the room. The same precautions should be taken when dressing yourself; wear a mask, goggles and a dust suit to minimize any skin irritation.

Sanding the floor

The best sander to use is a random orbital sander; it is possible with a drum sander but this is a more difficult machine to use and may leave marks on the floor. To achieve the best results never push down on the sander, it is essential to keep it moving and allow it to do the job by itself. To achieve the best results you should use a medium grit sand paper followed by a fine grit one. When the entire floor has been sanded you will need to thoroughly vacuum it and then wipe it down with a damp cloth to ensure all the dust has been removed.

Apply the stain

The stain needs to be applied in a thin, even layer across the floor. If you are intending to match it to an existing color then you will need to complete a color test first in an inconspicuous area. Stain can dry relatively quickly so it is important to do small areas at a time and start the next area before the first one dries. This will prevent you from having stain lines where the different areas meet. The best stain to use is oil based as this will take longer to dry and give you more time to ensure a perfect finish.

Sealing the floor

It is best to put three coats of sealant down, this will ensure the stain remains unblemished and does not incur scuffs and other scratches. The sealant can be polished regularly to keep your floor looking good. The best way to apply the sealant is to use a long handled roller and carefully cover the entire room. Once finished allow the floor to dry for an hour before lightly sanding and applying a second coat. You will need to repeat this for the third coat and then leave the floor untouched for forty eight hours to allow the sealant to set properly.

It’s tough to care for delicate furniture, especially if you’re planning on redoing the flooring. However, it can be achieved without too much damage. You will need rubber flooring supplies, as well as additional tools to get things started. But as soon as you’ve gotten to understand the process, the whole flooring remodeling will go so much smoother.

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The style originated in France, after the rule of Napoleon I, as a way of making a bold statement for the French state.

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