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The home office, either it is a space that functions well, or it is a place that is piled with all the things you need to do. It may be a little chaotic, maybe a place you prefer to avoid.

Being in the decorating business I can only hope your office is a space you love. If your office is one that is chaotic there are a few key components that need to be considered so that your “home office” encourages you to work in it and not avoid.

Essentials for an office

The desk and chair are the key furniture pieces. If the desk is too small, cluttered will continue to build up, becoming a huge distraction. Start looking for a desk that will accomplish your needs. Depending on what style you prefer will dictate what type of desk you might choose. If you have space in the room to store papers and other office paraphernalia then a table might be all that you need. If you like to have necessary files and papers at an arms reach then a desk with drawers will be essential.

desk and chair in office


The chair should be comfortable and creates a lot of style in an office. You can go with the basic office chair or really jazz up your space with something out of the ordinary.  Additional seating may be another consideration if you visit with clients. The additional seating can coordinate with the office chair or make a statement on its own.

Lighting is another key component in a home office. Here a good task light helps. The brightness helps reduce eye strain, but the style can help make the office more inviting to work in. Having ambient lighting is also a good feature to consider.


Storage is essential in any office. With technology, we can store a lot of files electronically. The reality is that we still seem to keep paper copies of some things which need to be stored.

Maybe you have a closet that files can be stored in, possibly a basket with hanging files, or maybe you need a full file cabinet. The key is to have enough storage so that the papers do not pile up unnecessarily. The organization of those files will keep the chaos to a minimal.organized office

From these images, the home office is small and compact, but the same key components can apply if you have an entire room that you can use as an office. The goal is to create a productive space that works for your needs. It should be comfortable and easy to organize all the tasks needed to accomplish. 

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Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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