8 Steps To Create The Ultimate
Basement Home Office

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Basements are generally the most underutilized and cluttered places in a home, yet hold the most promise for a working, thriving office space. Properly treated, the basement can be transformed into a room of light, warmth and productivity with less effort than most may surmise. Below are eight easy steps to creating the ultimate home office basement.

Clear it Out

Generally speaking, the basement is used for storage and as such it can be of haphazard design stuffed with boxes, old clothes, used toys and the like. Not to say some of the more nostalgic items cannot be kept, but it is really best to just clear the basement out of possessions no longer used or needed. Selling them is a great way to finance the simple overhaul of the room, but any which way it can be gotten rid of easiest, that is the way to go. Look to donate to charities if a yard sale does not seem likely any time soon. To create more space, try hanging things from walls or the ceiling and attempt to keep distractions out of line of sight. Elegant and attractive room screens or dividers can be employed to block off a definite area, separating the office from the rest of the basement.

Freshen it Up

Paint is a bonafide miracle worker and to brighten the darker recesses of a basement, paint the walls and ceiling either white or cream. Masonry paint is best for coating the walls of a concrete space and will even help protect against dampness, a big common problem in basement areas.

Cover it Up

Covering the floor is a great way to add some cheerfulness to the office space; try a big throw rug or, for the more adventurous, try painting a colorful design on the floor. You can also put down floor laminate with eye-catching designs, cork tiles, or interlocking carpet tiles for a quick and inexpensive face-lift for what is often the dreariest room in the house.

Furniture Set Up

One of the advantages of setting up in a basement is that usually floor space will not be a constraint. This means that in terms of furniture you will be able to buy what you want and not have to buy what will fit. Being as you are working in your basement, it's unlikely that you will be welcoming customers, so appearances will not be an issue. In this case you will be best advised to put functionality at the top of your list of priorities, an ergonomic office desk would be a good investment

Store it Away

Storage is an absolute necessity for an expanding and functional office. Add some shelves to the walls or push a wire storage system there. Shelving can be purchased at just about any hardware store and can already be laminated in white so you do not even have to paint them. Try using covered boxed or baskets for added visual interest and warmth. If you have the budget for it, kitchen cabinets are excellent to hang on the usually ample wall space of the basement, creating a full system easily. However, do not discard the idea of a storage system comprised of hanging shoe organizers, either.

Light it Up

Absolutely essential in a basement setting is the lighting set-up, as they usually lack natural light. If you have small windows that will let light into the new office, definitely clear them of any obstacles like plants or shrubs and take advantage of the sunshine. Basement lighting is usually pragmatic but not very good for the eyes or the disposition. Fluorescent lights need to go as soon as possible; try replacing them with full-spectrum lights instead and track lighting for a system that is both attractive and practical. Consider recessed lighting if the ceiling is low and make sure you have plenty of outlets and sockets for additional floor or desk lamps. Install more if you need to. If you have a natural light source, try to place your desk under it and use it as much as possible to reduce eye strain.

Dry it Up

Excessive moisture and dampness can be quite problematic in basements and if yours has this problem, try using a swamp humidifier to suck the moisture out of the air. These work surprisingly well, although proper insulation is also needed, as is professional damp proofing. For the sake of your electronics, keep air circulating with a small fan that can be turned on when it starts to feel stuffy or use an air conditioner if you have that available.

Mark it Up

Basements are renowned for being dark, damp and without defining personality. This is your office now, make it shine. Add marks of yourself in it, so that you want to be there every day. Such individual marks might include wall hangings, posters, murals, cork boards, white boards, paintings, plants and photos. It is imperative you keep your office comfortable, accessible and useful whether yours takes up an entire room or just a corner.

The best part of having an office in a basement is the door: when you are done working for the day, you can walk up the stairs and close the door behind you. This kind of visual division between work and home is known to increase productivity and increase mental health.

Lloyd Burrell, having trained and worked in the City Of London as an auditor spent the early part of his career moving from desk to desk. He now puts this experience to good use as the publisher of OfficeDeskReviews.com. He writes reviews on office desks; modular desks, executive desks, modern desks and traditional desks. His other passions are French culture and cooking and cycling.

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