Turning Your Basement Into A Home Office #CP

Whether you have recently started working from home, or you have a side business that you would like to run from your home, there are many good reasons to have a home office that you can work from. For one thing, it will be a fantastic way to ensure that you are able to continue on with your work in a strong way, and you might find that it inspires you to do a lot of work in this respect. If you happen to have a basement in your home, that is pretty much a perfect opportunity to create a home office that you will be able to make a lot of use out of, so let’s look now at how you might go about doing this.

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Develop A Layout

Before you do anything else, you should spend a bit of time working on your office layout. You need to know what you are going to have and where it will all be placed, as having this information straight off the bat is the only way to ensure that you can actually get the layout right in the end. It’s up to you how to do this, but you might want to consider some practicalities, such as having a desk near where there are already power outlets, and thinking about where the screen will be so as to avoid glare from a window. These simple things can really affect how enjoyable a space is to work in, so it’s something you are going to want to focus on as best as you can.

Once you have the layout down, you can start thinking about the actual work of putting it all together and renovating the space in the way that you would hope.

Noise Cancellation

Most people would agree that it is useful and necessary to have plenty of noise cancellation in a home office. This is probably especially true if you live with a lot of other people, or you have a busy family running around. The good news is that it is easier than ever to get good noise cancellation for your home office, and it is probably going to be more affordable than you think as well. To do this, you just need to make sure that you are using the right kind of wall product, and you’ll find that there are plenty of wall tiles you can use which have noise canceling effects. If you install these from the start, you will not only be making it a much easier place to work in, you’ll also find that it is less likely for the construction and renovation work to disturb the rest of the home, so it works both ways and ensures that everyone in the home is happy.

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Keeping Things Bright

Arguably one of the most frustrating parts of this whole project is trying to ensure that you are able to keep the basement as bright as you possibly can. If you are struggling to do this, you might want to think about some of the options you have. In some cases, a basement can have a window which actually provides a surprising amount of natural light, but chances are you will mostly be relying upon the use of artificial light.

Here you need to be careful, as you don’t want to provide the space with lighting which is too harsh on the eyes. Generally, going for a soft yellow glow is the way you want to go, as that is less likely to cause headaches and other related issues for yourself. But you will also need to keep the space bright enough to avoid you straining your eyes, for the same reason. There is a balance here to be struck, as you can see, and as long as you do that you should be able to keep your basement bright enough to work in, but not so bright that it causes you problems.

Securing Some Storage

Your home office will also need storage space for a few items. Here, at least, is something which you can usually do pretty easily with a basement, and it might even be that you don’t really need to make many changes in order to accommodate some storage for yourself and your home business. All you might need to do is to put up some shelves with industrial shelf brackets for security, and perhaps a filing cabinet in the corner as well. Of course, if your business happens to have grander needs than this, then that is something that you will want to think about in due course.

Get The Decor Right

You might not think that the decor is all that important, but as it turns out it is actually one of the most important things of all if you are going to turn your basement into a home office that you will love. If the decor is all wrong, it can make the experience of working in your office much less enjoyable and even more stressful, so altogether this is something that you are certainly going to want to think about. Getting the decor right means that you are going to have a much more enjoyable office space, and that is certainly worth thinking about. You might even take this opportunity to express yourself a little, which can help in making the space even more yours.

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Set Up Your Workstation

Finally, it is time to set up your workstation and figure out where items are going to live. The workstation is the most important part - you need it to be comfortable and suitable for requirements, as well as being spacious enough that you can easily work there without trouble. As such, it’s vital that you are spending some time on this, and as we saw earlier, here too it might be a good idea to plan out a design for your workstation before you actually try to put it all into place by hand. That can help a huge amount.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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