Office furniture: features of choice
The modern lifestyle makes many business people think about their own office. It is necessary for those who host their partners at home, freelancers and people who simply love to retire and read in a calm atmosphere.
Where to begin?
At the very beginning of the choice of furniture for a home office, you need to clearly understand: whether it will be a separate room or a built-in workplace in one of the rooms. In a separate office, furniture can be selected as an independent set, regardless of the style in which other rooms of the house or apartment are furnished. If the office acts as a part of a living room, it must be most harmoniously fit into the already created interior.
Office furniture should be chosen depending on the style of the interior of the room.
The classic style is the standard of restraint and functionality. He characterizes his owner as a person who is not subject to unnecessary emotions, helps to tune in to productive work. The interior of the office in the classical style is the geometry of correct lines and the standardization of forms. Original interior items of modern styles are unacceptable in the classics.
Features of the classic style:
- Natural materials are used. Expensive wood is especially appreciated.
- The classic color scheme is pastel and dark colors (gray, black, chocolate, brown).
- The classics are characterized by solidity, roughness, massiveness.
- The number of classic-style home office items is minimal.
It is considered one of the most popular modern office styles. This style is conducive to business communication. The high-tech style is characterized by spaciousness, abundant light, thoughtful design and the absence of unnecessary things.
High-tech style features:
- Glass countertops and shelves.
- Sliding doors.
- Chromed feet.
- Large table.
This style assumes a minimal set of furniture items in the office. Typically, minimalism is chosen by creative people, mainly of a young age.
Features of the minimalism style:
- Dominance of white and gray colors.
- Simple design.
- The functionality of all furniture elements.
- The use of glass and plastic.
The industrial style is perfect for the office of a creative person, a connoisseur of everything unusual and non-standard. In a loft-style office, furniture is often combined with brickwork, beams, large metal pipes.
Features of the loft style:
- Sharp lines.
- Lack of intricate shapes.
- Simple colors.
- Large armchairs.
There are several colors and shades that are most commonly found in cabinet furnishings.
In the home office, white furniture always looks chic. In addition, at the present time, the office in white is a fashionable trend. Ideal for small spaces, it helps to get in the mood for work. White furniture is harmoniously combined with gray and brown shades. These can be both successful combinations with interior elements and with other pieces of furniture.
Beige cabinet tones are considered one of the most versatile. This color gives calmness and stability.In combination with other natural shades, beige is conducive to cozy communication over a cup of coffee. At the same time, beige furniture looks very elegant and emphasizes the sophistication of the hostess or the owner of the study.
This color has always been considered the standard of minimalism. It does not distract from work, on the contrary, it helps to focus and tune in to productivity. That is why gray furniture is very popular in office cabinets. It is very practical and requires minimal maintenance, always favorably complemented by white, green and orange colors.
Traditionally, brown shades are associated with success and wealth. Cabinet furniture in brown tones is considered a classic that never gets old. All shades of this spectrum help you focus and make the right decision. In modern design, you can often find a tandem of dark brown office furniture with a light background.
People of an unusual mind like to use the red color of furniture in the interior of the office. They tend to make decisions quickly, some sharpness in their work. The owners of the red cabinet are usually very active, do not tolerate slow processes. Most people are irritated by the color red, so it is not always possible to stay in such an office for a long time. In this case, it is recommended to dilute it with calmer shades, as well as use gentle tones of the red spectrum.
Review of materials
Office furniture is made from different materials. Let's dwell on the most popular ones.
Solid wood is an environmentally friendly and purest material, entirely composed of natural wood. This is a fairly expensive raw material from which luxury furniture is made. Solid wood furniture is created from wooden panels, which are whole and spliced together. The quality of wood depends on the presence of knots and uncharacteristic layers, the density of annual marks.
The value, appearance and purpose of furniture largely depends on the type of wood. For example, solid beech is perfect for the production of light furniture. The material itself is unusually hard and flexible.
The massif of oak is renowned for its durability. Oak wood has a rich selection of shades: from yellowish-white to yellow-brown. Very often you can find furniture for the office made of bog oak.
Solid ash is slightly harder than oak, but it has good flexibility and elasticity. Carved and bent ash furniture is popular. Veneer veneer is also made from this wood. Ash wood is rich in various golden hues.
Solid birch is one of the shock-resistant and durable materials. Birch is as hard as oak, but loses to it in durability. It has a very interesting texture, not inferior in beauty to oak and beech. Birch without knots is especially appreciated.
MDF is a finely dispersed fraction of wood. In other words, the material is a medium density fibreboard made from fine sawdust. MDF boards have excellent moisture and vapor resistance, and also have a fairly high environmental friendliness class, since the particles of the material are held together with the participation of paraffin and lignin
A specific feature of MDF is its perfectly smooth texture. It is even, homogeneous and very dense. Its disadvantages include a slight susceptibility to mechanical damage: an accidental fall of a heavy object on a table or cabinet can lead to the formation of a dent.
As a rule, visually, MDF board is a good imitation of the texture of natural wood. In cost, it is cheaper than wood mass, while it can compete with it in beauty and naturalness.
Chipboard is a laminated chipboard, that is, coarse shavings, which are formed into a sheet by hot pressing.An additional ingredient in the board production process is formaldehyde, which acts as a binder for wood fibers.
The color palette of laminated chipboard is rich and varied, it consists of large collections of laminated boards. It is divided into subgroups: smooth monochromatic, plain with texture, standard wood, imitating rare species, gloss, veneer and fantasy themes with drawings and patterns.
Models and components
In order for the office to look holistic and harmonious, it is more expedient to select furniture for it as a single set, that is, from one series of cabinet furniture. Individual items from the furniture series are called modules, and the entire complex is called modular furniture. The number of items and modules will depend on the size of the room and on the owner's own preferences.
The main piece of furniture in the study is the table. There are several desktop configurations. It can be with a simple straight-line or with an ergonomic table top. In addition, the table can have a special attachment for negotiations - a briefing. The thickness of the countertop will depend on the series of furniture and the material from which it is made.
In the office, you cannot do without a bedside table: hanging, attached or trolley. Hanging cabinets are attached to the table under the table top and usually have 1 to 3 drawers. The side tables are the same height as the table and are placed on the side, flush with the table top. Rolling pedestals have wheels and roll under the table. Any of the pedestals can be with drawers, with open niches or with doors, while drawers and doors can be locked with a key.
It is difficult to imagine an office without a cabinet, and sometimes several. Cabinets can vary in height and width. Also, the set of furniture for the office can include both floor and hanging cabinets. As a rule, cabinets are closed with doors that are blind along their entire length, or they can only cover half of the cabinet - at the bottom. From above, the doors can be glass or absent altogether.
Fully open cabinets are commonly referred to as racks. They are often used for arranging libraries or storage systems. An open rack allows you to quickly find and get the necessary book, magazine or work documents.
The armchair is one of the most important elements of the office furniture. The comfortable conditions for your work primarily depend on it. Models with ergonomic backs are in priority. The base of the chair can be plastic, chrome-plated or natural wood, it can be on wheels or on four legs. Upholstery varies: leather, leatherette or fabric.
The convenience of working in it and the effectiveness of your work directly depends on the correct and rational arrangement of furniture in the office. The office should be comfortable, functional and respectable at the same time. It will not be difficult for you to arrange furniture with maximum comfort, if you take into account some of the rules.
First you need to decide on a workplace. Usually it is a table, a curbstone and an armchair. They should be located so that, sitting at the table, you can see the front door of the room. Note that working with your back to the door is very inconvenient, since you have to be distracted from time to time, turn around and look at the door. In addition, it is undesirable to work with your face or back to the window. In the first case, the light interferes with the work and you will have to shade the windows, and in the second, the monitor will shine due to the bright rays of the sun.
For quick and convenient work with documentation, it is recommended to install a cabinet or rack near the table. They can be at the back, right or left at arm's length. When choosing the left or right side, it is necessary to take into account which hand is the working one, that is, the left-handed or right-handed owner of the office.
If a recreation area is planned in the office, then it should be located as far as possible from the workplace.Regardless of whether it is a sofa or a rocking chair, they should not interrupt the work process.
If a study is equipped in a private house, then they often try to allocate the most distant room to him. The design of the room in the spirit of aristocracy with a massive wooden table and a leather armchair will be original. Subject to the availability of free space, you can put a small leather sofa with a coffee table in order to have a cup of coffee with a guest or play a game of chess.
By connecting a share of imagination, you can even build a study in the bedroom of an ordinary apartment. To do this, they use such design techniques as a podium, loft-style interior decoration, various roll-out panels, and also make a window sill in the form of a table top.
For a home library, a whole wall is usually allocated in a separate study or living room. The library, equipped under the stairs or made in the form of a beautiful book tree, looks original. In the absence of free space in the house or apartment, the library can be thought out in a drawer under a large bed.
A beautiful cabinet in beige tones. Creates a cozy atmosphere. The area and configuration of the room allows it to be divided into a workplace with a table, an armchair and shelves, as well as a sitting area with a sofa and a coffee table.
Classic home office with dark brown furniture. A moderately massive table and a throne chair speak of the reliability of its owner and his ability to make the right decisions. The perfect combination of dark furniture, blue walls and a snow-white ceiling. A special emphasis is placed on the chic white armchair.
A cabinet made of solid natural wood looks very solid, evokes a sense of respect and trust in its owner. As soon as you get into such an office, you understand that traditions rule here, and all the furniture in it appeared before the inhabitants of this house. All interior items seem to be expensive antiques: from a desktop to a table lamp.
Very often in small apartments there is no place for a home office. And then the only way out is to equip the balcony. The work table is matched to the width of the room, and the ergonomic chair is convenient for comfortable work. Beautiful bright design and natural light sets a positive tone for the work.
Stylish interior with an African theme, for the creation of which only natural materials were used, mixed with motives of the African people. Ideal for travel agents and avid travelers. The atmosphere of the office seems to be alive and speaking, it begins to tell guests about its owner earlier than he does.
For tips on organizing your workspace, see the video below.