Freelance projects, finishing paperwork from the office, helping the kids with their homework, studying important letters, catching up on some reading or just surfing the Internet – whatever you do in your home office, good organisation is often an important part of efficiently using your time. Our exciting selection of home office storage furniture at west elm combines simple functionality with stylish flair, so you have the options you want for creating an environment conducive to work, rest and play.
For many people, reducing the amount of visual noise from unnecessary clutter is a good way to stay focused on the task at hand. With a few shelves, cubbies and cupboards, it’s possible to keep work surfaces clear while also making it easier to find exactly what you need when you need it. The right storage solutions for you depend on how you most commonly use the room. If you work from home and need to store important documents, a filing cabinet is a useful addition. If your office serves as a library, a stylish bookcase gives you an opportunity to display your collection and keep your books in the best condition. If you have a selection of collectible items that you enjoy viewing, a glass-fronted curio display cabinet shows them at their best; but in a room dedicated to work, some additional shelving or storage units, or even a safe, might be a better use of the space. Units combining open and closed storage areas are an attractive choice. The mix of styles adds visual interest and provides the versatility to easily organise a wide range of items. Some units even incorporate a desk, which is a good option if you want to maximise the usefulness of every square cm of space.
Measuring Your Space
Whether you’re introducing a few new items of furniture or completely reinventing your office, it’s a good idea to start by measuring your available space and carefully planning how you intend to use it. You need to ensure that any furniture you buy fits, with plenty of room for opening drawers and doors. Also consider how you’re going to get the furniture into the room, so you may have to measure stairs and doorways. If you aren’t sure if you have adequate space, try marking out the size of the furniture on the floor using tape to help you visualise the layout. An office environment should also be comfortable and easy to use for extended periods, so it’s worth thinking carefully about where everything should go. Take note of the position of electrical outlets that you need for your computer and accessories, and consider how light through the window may impact your vision as you work. If you’re planning to have storage around your desk, think about how easy it is to reach various cupboards and drawers from a seated position, and try to minimise how often you need to stretch or twist awkwardly.
Storing Important Papers
Storing paperwork is a common problem in office environments, but adding one or more filing cabinets is a simple and effective way of arranging the important work you need to keep close at hand. Lateral file storage makes it easier to look for specific documents and allows for easy retrieval without having to disrupt other paperwork. For many people, the term “filing cabinet” may conjure images of utilitarian metal cases that put function before form. While such cabinets may be ideal for an office with a modern or industrial style, metal is not the only option. Filing cabinets are available in a range of finishes, including high-gloss lacquered wood with metal accents for a clean, modern style, and retro wooden units inspired by the American modern design of the 1950s and 1960s that give the office a touch of authentic period detailing.
You may spend time working hard in your home office, but organising the space effectively doesn’t have to be hard work. By carefully selecting storage solutions that are in keeping with your style and the amount of room you have, creating the ideal office environment is easier than ever.