This week I’m starting to wade through all the “stuff” I have collected in my home office. Everything in my office will be cleaned out. Sold, given away, organized or given a new spot in my home. The office will be painted and wallpapered and styled. The goal is to give my very worn out office a whole new and fresh look! I’ve already collected and bought the office essentials that I need and they are waiting to be introduced to their new home! Do you have a home office or study? Could it use a little refresh like mine? Even if you don’t need a study update you might find lots of inspiration in this post! Today let’s talk about home office/ study essentials!
The most obvious and first thing I think about when creating a study or home office is a great desk! It’s important to think about the ways you will use your home office space like reading, writing and studying. You may also need a desk to work on a computer. If you have laptop computer a smaller desk may suite your needs.
I love this beautiful desk below! It’s a nice piece of furniture without looking too boxy and big. It even has drawers! It would also look fabulous as a table in an entryway or even next to a chair in a family room!
I’m always crushing on furniture that can be used in multiple places in my home and have multiple uses! Versatility! YES!
This is another beautiful desk that has that fine furniture quality! I would love this desk not only in my home office but in my bathroom as a dressing table! If you have a small area or room for a study the glass on this table keeps it from looking visually heavy! And the metal is so on trend right now!
If you have the room and need more drawers and surface space you might want to consider a desk with multiple drawers and one that has matching bookshelves. A large desk usually takes up lots of space but provides a great place to spread out and work. So if you have a big enough room or area designated as a study or office a large desk might be perfect!
Finding a chair that works with your desk is a must. It must be comfortable, the right size and allow you to sit at the right height at your desk, feet touching the floor. An attractive chair is nice but here the comfort of a chair is much more important. Thankfully, we can get a chair that fits both looks and comfort!
You might also want to think about a chair on rollers or legs. If you have a desk with drawers and bookcases you might want to think about a chair on rollers!
I’m thinking about this chair for my study. Gorgeous, right?
If you’re not doing a lot of moving from place to another in your office you might like a stationary chair. The one below would be a handsome choice for an office space.
I love the look of a regular chair. I think it’s a warmer look for the room. But for me, a swivel chair is much more practical.
A good solid, comfortable office chair is where I would make an investment especially if I am going to be sitting in a study multiple hours a day. Right now I have regular chair that works great, but I need a chair that is easier on my back! Making an investment on a good office chair pays dividends in comfort and health.
Lighting is another important element of a study/office. I am not a fan of overhead lighting in general but especially in a study. Overhead lighting is good to illuminate a room for general visibility, but a study has specific lighting needs.
A desk or table lamp is a must! Choose a desk light that is not too tall. The bottom lampshade should be eye level or just a little below when you are sitting at your desk. A lamp that has the capacity for a three-way lightbulb will work great as a task light. I tend to like form almost as much as function when it comes to a lamp so an attractive desk lamp is a must!
Another very important element of a study is a place to put books, binders, and all the other office-y things you need to find a home for. A great place to put those things are on a bookshelf.
I’m opting for open shelves in the study I’m making over. But with open shelves I need pretty ways to hide and organize all my stuff. I solved that problem with coordinating boxes and other organizational things that coordinate in color! We will talk about the other essentials of an office in another post.
If you have enough room think about choosing a bookshelf with cabinets. The office below is drool worthy! Don’t you love those beautiful bookshelves? And you can see a fabulous way the basket or bunch of baskets could hold a lot of office supplies and look so neat and organized! And the rest could be stashed behind closed doors!
The final item we are going to talk about today is a rug! A rug will add warmth and pull the office area together. I find a rug an essential because it creates a room-like atmosphere and keeps an office/study from looking utilitarian or industrial.
The best choice for an office is a rug with a very low nap. Also, it’s best to pick a rug that will wear well. You might not think of an office as being a high traffic area but think of how many hours might be spent behind a desk with feet sitting on a rug or desk chairs rolling over it.
One of the best rugs to put in a study is an indoor/outdoor rug. If you have not purchased an indoor/outdoor rug for awhile you are in for a big surprise!!!! The are amazing! I have an indoor/outdoor rug in my dining room and I’m complimented on it often! The new brands of indoor/outdoor rugs are durable, stylish and no one would every know they could be used outdoor. And so many like the one below is so reasonably priced!
Geometric patterns are perfect for a study floor!
These are the essentials of a study or home office! Work on these items first before adding anything to a study.
Here are some things to think about when buying home office essentials…
- size of the office or study space
- size of the furnishings
- all the specific uses of the room (study space, work space, project area, relaxing, taking phone calls…)
- other equipment that must be housed in your study (computers, printer, phone, bookbags…)
- placement of furnishings
- how many years you want to use the furnishing before replacing them (this will very much affect how much you should spend for each thing)
- how you want to organize everything that goes into your office
- what kind of lighting is best for the use of the office
As I begin to clean out my old home office space and start again, I’ll be showing you my progress. It’s always been a nice extra to have a study/home office of my own but now that I have a business the need for a well appointed office is so important!
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