How to Choose Home Office Furniture for Two

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When you are buying home office furniture, there are a number of factors you need to consider. Beginning with your budget and personal style, to the space you have and functionality of your office. If you are going to share that office space with another person, it is likely that you will need to make compromises to meet both of your needs. Follow this step-by-step guide to help make choosing your home office furniture as easy as possible.

Step 1 – Plan

To make the process of actually buying the furniture simple, you need to decide what you need in advance. Measure the space or room that will be used as office space and decide whether you will require two desks, or if one. If both people will need to work at the same time, the style and of the desks will be restricted by your available space. Consider what storage requirements you have at this stage as well. There's no point planning a perfect office to find that you need to make significant changes later. You may find it helpful to draw a plan out on a piece of square grid paper to take with you when shopping.

Step 2 – Office Desk

A huge variety of desks are available in a range of styles, finishes and budgets. If both people will use the same desk, you should invest in a higher quality product that will be durable. A desk should remain in tact, despite frequent use and should also keep its shape and not become worn-looking very quickly. It should also be of a height that both users find comfortable. For an office with two desks, you need to decide whether they will be matching in style and color. If you will have clients visiting your home office, bear that in mind when choosing the style of desk in order to convey the correct level of professionalism.

Step 3 – Chair

Getting the correct office chair is very important in order to allow you to maintain the correct posture and level of comfort while working. An adjustable chair is helpful even if each person will have separate desks but it's even more essential if you will share. Sitting in an uncomfortable position will have a detrimental effect on your muscles. Test as many chairs as you can to find what style is most comfortable for you. If you will have clients to visit, make sure that you provide chairs for them as well.

Step 4 – Storage

The amount of storage will depend on the type of business you have. Almost every office requires a file cabinet with a lock. Maximize the use of your space by getting a tall cabinet. There are many multi-purpose pieces of furniture available that provide a surface for a printer or fax machine with storage underneath which can come in handy. Built-in cabinets can help to increase the storage space at your disposal but will be restrictive if you need to make changes to the office in the future. Plan carefully before investing in large cabinets. Add finishing touches such as plants and shelves to complete the look.