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How To Turn Your Basement Into An Office

May 25, 2008
In the last 15 years or so, the office has suddenly become a common room in the modern house. Many people use their den as an office or one of their bedrooms but few people think to turn their basement into an office.

An advantage of this idea is that it separates the office from the family and the family rooms. So many people are working longer hours and with the advent of the computer they are working more in the home. Their family life and work life becomes more of a blur than it was in the past.

By turning the basement into an office, you can more easily separate your work time and family time. This is important and will aid in the health of your family unit. In order to make your basement your office, you should do a few things that will make the room more enjoyable:

Heat - If you are going to be in the basement you need to make sure it is warm. Most basements are dark and cold and this is not an environment you can work in. Make sure that you have ample heat so that you feel you are in a real room. The more comfortable you are the better work you will do.

Great Lighting - You need good lighting if you are going to turn your basement into an office. Good lighting is imperative so that your eyes are not strained when you are looking at report, paper, or you computer screen.

A neutral paint job - As I just mentioned, basements are offten dark because of the lack of windows. If you choose your paid carefully, you can create an environment that is conducive to work. You want something that reminds you a that you are there to get work done but does not depress you at the same time.

Comfortable furniture - any work environment needs comfortable furniture. Make sure you don't skimp on cheap chairs and furniture that will make you uncomfortable when you are at work. Also, besides having your desk and chair, you might include a second more comfortable softer chair to relax in. That way, when you need a quick rest, you can move over to the softer chair to recharge your batteries.

These are just some of the things you need to do to turn that basement of yours into an office that you will enjoy working in. If you do it right, you will have the best of both worlds; your family life and your work life.
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