Working in a home office is not as easy as it sounds, the distractions in your own home, or any home for that matter are endless therefore being very hard to focus on your work, ending up in a lot of breaks.
Besides the family members, television, game consoles, gardening, comfy beds, and sofas there are enough reasons for you to stop and yet hundreds of other reasons to work at home. A great method of escaping all these distractions and isolating yourself whilst keeping all the affinities and comfort of your home. Turning your basement into a home office is an extraordinary idea that will help you beat dozens of hassles, Tony Stark in Iron Man also has an extraordinary basement with his own workshop, office, garage, and hangar, what stops you?
In basement home offices you can solve and accommodate huge advantages and most importantly you have the right amount of space to clearly define your office or workshop, sufficiently detached from the rest of the home. You can enhance your workplace by cutting down on noise levels and visual disturbance as well. Whether you are going to work for one or eight hours at home you should make sure that it`s comfy, ergonomic, and elegant it should fit your work routine as a glove.
Further on we will present a few smart tips that we find interesting and useful.
How To Transform an Old Basement
Start with a quick inspection
If you are serious about this project you should plan properly from the very beginning and not skip any steps. The first very important step is to check the stability of your basement. After this structure aspect, you should definitely waterproof the basement if it`s not already. Whether you are planning a basement bedroom, a wonderful game room, or a bawling alley these two steps are mandatory. The ceiling and floor should be checked for any possible chinks and leaks, you can also chalk your walls with the actual plan and imagine the spatiality of the future walls or furniture, maybe you`ll have more than one room in your little corner.
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The home office entrance and noise isolation
A basement entrance is typically connected to the access towards it, often through a flight of stairs. If you plan to welcome clients to your home office, it's crucial to consider the aesthetic value of the staircase. More and more people are moving their offices home to save time and money while being surrounded by elegance and comfort.
Creating separate entrances could offer an ideal solution - one serving clients and another for you and your family. A simple wooden ladder might not suffice for your professional clients.
Another crucial aspect that will significantly impact your work routine is your ability to stay focused and be away from household noise. There's no reason to move your work to a space where you can't be productive. Soundproofing your ceiling and implementing noise reduction measures, like adding acoustic panels or insulation, can greatly improve the acoustic environment in your workspace. Additionally, it's essential to avoid planning a home office in a basement that might be too noisy due to a cinema or game room. Always consider these factors, including soundproofing and noise reduction, before starting any home office project in your basement.
Using the space efficiently in your home office
Using your basement as a living and working space is an extraordinary reason to unclutter individual spaces that you can now decorate. You can move furniture around and use old rugs or some paper to see how much space you have saved and if is it worth moving down the stairs. This should be done before the construction begins, you should choose the decor and furnishings that you would like to use from the beginning, making sure that everything fits, and that the space will not be too crowded or unorganized. You can make the most out of small spaces with Murphy tables for example, desks that can be easily folded away onto the wall along with some efficient storage area. The spending limit can be influenced by thorough planning as well.
Warm and lovely ambiance doubled by functional lighting
The basement is one of the most unfavorable places to shelter any sort of living space or working space according to Feng Shui. You can however work around this aspect with proper lighting. Whether you consider Feng Shui when you design a home or not you should be well aware that lighting is a crucial component in the basement office, in any workplace for that matter. If you manage to combine smart functional lighting with adequate and right task lighting you will obtain a cozy and warm space that invites and enhances work and practicality. Try and make the maximum use of any upper windows in the basement and allow natural light to complement illumination, you can filter it in any way if it helps you.
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Some of the best options in a basement office can be sconces, pendants, or classic table lamps. In the basement, every inch of space is valuable so using a floor lamp would be rather inefficient. These combined with smart recessed lighting can work like a charm and define an exceptional home office.
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The connection to the exterior
Unlike your bedroom or living room, a home office is far more demanding on connectivity and electrical management. You should be able to have a proper and permanent connection with the exterior through a telephone, a fax machine, a wireless or wired internet connection, and a couple of sockets, many sockets in which they will be plugged in. Besides these, a multitude of electronic gadgets are in need of electricity permanently. These as well have to be considered from the very beginning and be hidden from sight beautifully.
Use storage that will help you de-clutter
Besides the fact they can become highly aesthetics, the sturdy storage units can help you hide away the mess and keep your office organized and efficient. In small spaces storage units are gaining far bigger importance, mounting them on walls, under the stairs, or simply around your desk will save you a lot of space and offer you a highly aesthetic space. Bellow, the storage areas are hiding a humongous amount whilst maintaining an impeccable look.
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Let your imagination surpass the boundaries set by the office walls
If you really want a comfortable and relaxing home office we are sure that you are going to do everything properly, top-notch isolation may protect you from low temperatures during winter months easier. A dehumidifier is also a very important asset that will help you enjoy your home office as much as possible. A small kitchenette or a small cool bathroom right next to your office will make your life easier, especially if you are planning to spend a big amount of time there.
A proper color scheme is very important as well, it will help you accentuate the required working ambiance of the home office without shattering into pieces. Choose colors that will help you focus, stay calm and relaxed.
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