Home Office Furnishing Guide: Layout and Design Manual for Your Home Office
As communication technology and the internet continue to improve our ability to work from home, the home office is becoming an important part of modern living. Creating a home office that offers both the comfort of home and the efficiency of an office is a fun challenge, and one that can be accomplished easily thanks to a wonderful selection of office furniture designed for home use.
One of the first steps in planning a home office is locating a space for it. If you have an entire room that can be devoted to office space, you're lucky! However, even if the available space you have is small, we still have some great space-saving layout ideas for you.
Here are some important things to consider before you choose a location for your home office.
Wiring: It is important to prepare for all of the office equipment you will be using at home. Include computers, printers, fax machines, phones and copiers in your checklist, and make sure that the space you choose can accommodate their wiring needs. In addition, you will also need to provide an adequate number of telephone and data lines for your office equipment. Lighting:: Lighting is another critical home office provision. A combination of both natural, ambient light and task lighting is important in home offices. Putting your screen directly in front of a window may cause a glare, but having the natural light from a window and a view can make you happier and more comfortable while you work. Task lighting directed onto work surfaces prevents eye strain while you read and write. These lighting recommendations should be taken into consideration before choosing the location of your office or desk.
Who Will be Using It:
Shared Space: If more than one person will be using your home office, consider both person's needs. There are a lot of desk setups that are designed to maximize space for two people and two computers. Having a custom setup for each person is ideal, but if you're limited to one desk or one computer, make sure that you choose an easily adjustable office chair, keyboard/mouse tray and desk. If you will be sharing your office space with children you may also want to choose a desk with locking drawers for sharp objects or important documents that may need protection from sticky fingers. Cable management in home offices where children will be playing is also important. Many of our desks include both locking drawers and cable management systems that can protect your equipment and your kids.
Right or Left? Don't take your handedness for granted when planning your office. Arranging your phone, printer, fax machine and file cabinets so they can be easily accessed by your dominant hand is an important step in creating an ergonomic home office environment. If you will be sharing your office with someone with an opposite hand orientation, you may need to compromise and position your office equipment for the person who will be using it most. Once you've established a location for your home office and whose needs will need to be met in the office design, the next step is to decide which of the following layouts will be best at maximizing your office space.
U-Shaped Layout: This is a great layout for two people, but it does require a significant amount of space. It can be used in large or small rooms, though larger rooms work better if two people will be sharing the space. You can create a U-shaped layout with two desks and a joining table or credenza, or you can buy a U-shaped desk unit.
T-Shaped Layout: The T-shaped layout is ideal for shared office space where more than one computer will be in use. The T shape conserves space by providing individual desk areas for each person, plus shared workspace in the middle. The middle leg of the T is a great place for a printer, fax machine or other shared equipment.
L-Shaped Layout: The L-shaped layout optimizes floor space and workspace, by fitting conveniently into a corner of your room. L-shaped and corner desks are also ergonomically beneficial when the computer is place in the corner of the L. From this position supplies can easily be reached on either side of the computer without strain or need to move your chair. L shaped desks can be used for more than one person if need be.
Follow our tips for creating your ideal home office. For Small Rooms and Nooks:
A standard desk may be the best choice if your space is limited. Hutches are available to maximize overhead storage space. In addition, if at some point you would like to add onto a standard desk, many are offered with matching return tables and credenzas to expand your workspace. These additional modular pieces are sold separately, and can be purchased in the future if you desire.
A small corner desk can be a great space-saver, nestling right into a corner that may otherwise be unusable space. Corner desks are also very effective ergonomically, since all of your office equipment can be stored easily within an arm's reach.
Other space-conserving options include mobile workstations, which can be moved out of the way when not in use. In a small room or apartment a mobile desk is very practical.
We also carry a selection of beautiful and sensible office armoires that can house a computer, printer, files, books, CDs and other resources, in addition to their retractable writing surfaces. The contents of office armoires can be conveniently concealed behind their attractive cabinet doors.
The Look: One of the benefits of working at home is that your office space is designed for you. You can add personality to your office space with your own artwork, colors, drapes, shades and carpets. Not only do drapes and carpets add color and style, they also help to absorb unwanted background noise.
Home Office/Guest Room: Even if you have an entire room that can be devoted to your office, you may still want to use the space for guests on occasion. If so, a futon or daybed may be a practical addition to your home office room. Browse our sister store, Bedroom-Furniture-Direct, for a great selection of daybeds and futons!
Deoderant and anti-perspirant stains: roll-ons vs sticks
This article discusses deodorant and antiperspirant stains, how to remove them and how to prevent them.
It's sad to see a great looking shirt become a work shirt because of the noticeable deodorant or antiperspirant stain in the underarm. Likewise, it can be incredibly frustrating when you're rushing to get out the front door in the morning and discover white deodorant streaks across the bottom of the chic black blouse you've just pulled on. What causes these stains, and how can you get rid of them?
The skin of the underarm is home to millions of bacteria, and when these combine with perspiration, an unpleasant odor can result. Deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to protect against this odor. These products are available in a variety of forms, including roll-ons, sticks, gels, creams and sprays. Deodorants work to prevent odor by covering it up, while antiperspirants prevent both odor and wetness, often through the use of aluminum to block or dry up the sweat. Unfortunately, the chemicals in these products can react with the fabric in clothing, causing discoloration and stains.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways recommended for eliminating deodorant and antiperspirant stains. It is best to begin removal soon after noticing the stain because the longer the stain goes without treatment, the harder it will be to remove. Remember to test the garment for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area before using any of the following methods.
1. Soak the stained clothing in a solution of water and oxygen cleaner. These cleaners come in the form of powder, which when combined with warm or hot water releases oxygen that targets the stains. Follow the directions on the package for the amount of powder to use for stain removal. Rinse and launder as usual. 2. If the stain has caused a color change in the fabric, try sponging the damaged area with ammonia. Mix the ammonia with an equal amount of water when applying it to wool or silk. Rinse well and launder as usual. 3. Another method for stain removal is to lightly rub the stained area with white vinegar and rinse and launder as usual. 4. A quick fix for fresh white marks transferred to a garment you've just put on is to rub the area with a clean, dry towel. This sometimes works to minimize the appearance of the stains.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and you can save yourself the work of removing stains by using the following tips. 1. The best way to prevent clothing stains is to wait until your deodorant or antiperspirant has completely dried before putting on your clothing. 2. Refrain from using too much deodorant or antiperspirant. 3. Look for an anti-stain formula deodorant or antiperspirant. These are available as roll-ons and sticks, as well as other forms. A perk of clear solids or gels is that they don't leave white residue on clothes. 4. Another option is to use underarm guards. These are pads that attach to the garment, preventing perspiration or deodorant from damaging the fabric.
With a little determination and know-how, you can succeed in rescuing your clothing from the junk pile and prolonging its beauty and useful life.
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