Working from home, or in any new environment, can have an impact on your focus, creativity, and productivity. If you sometimes struggle with working from home, we can help! Below, we’ve outlined some of the main barriers to efficiency and how to get around them.
A disorganized home office can have a significant negative impact on overall productivity. Your workspace often reflects your mind, and clutter can compound and worsen a scattered brain. To fix the issue of an disorganized office, the first step is to ensure that you have adequate storage available. Utilize filing cabinets for papers, keep stationary grouped together, organize wires and plugs to ensure easy management, and clear out unnecessary clutter from the area. The team at More Space Place can help you create a home office that meets all your storage needs – contact us to learn more!
Too Many Distractions
With too many distractions, you’ll struggle to get your work done. Television, family members, ringing phones, and more can get in the way of having a clear, focused mindset. To achieve the peace and quiet you need, it’s important to think about the placement of your home office. If possible, consider moving to an area of your home that’s furthest away from noise. Don’t be afraid to carve out “quiet hours” with your housemates, either! Noise-cancelling headphones can also be a worthwhile investment if you’re particularly noise sensitive.
Shared Workspace Struggles
A shared home office can make it difficult for both individuals to achieve peak productivity. It can be a struggle to stay organized, find adequate storage, and avoid distractions. When sharing an office, it’s important to carve out personal space. Setting up boundaries – even just file organizers or books – can help with defining your space. It’s also very useful to have a home office that’s custom-built for two people.
Lacking The Right Office Essentials
It’s difficult to complete tasks without the right tools. As you adjust to working from home, you might be lacking some essentials – a high-speed printer, dual monitors, or just a more ergonomic chair. To craft a productive home office, it’s important to equip it with the tools you need for success.
Create Your Dream Home Office With More Space Place
We can help you craft a home office that meets your needs and has all the essentials! Call us today to get started with a free design consultation. We’re proud to serve the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas.
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When creating the perfect home office, there are a few furniture essentials to consider. At More Space Place, we custom-build home office furniture from scratch, with each piece designed to suit your unique needs. Keep reading to discover how we can help you craft the perfect home office components!
Your desk is probably the most important aspect of your home office: the place where work actually gets done. Depending on your needs and the space you have available, the desk we create will be one-of-a-kind. Size, shape, and style will all vary. We can create a stylish corner desk to take advantage of a unique room layout. If you need a lot of space to work, we can incorporate a desk that is either wider, longer, or both. Do you prefer to work facing the door, or facing away from the door? Our desks can be connected to a home office system while also jutting out into the room rather than against the wall. We can even design a standing desk so that you can switch between sitting and standing.
When it comes to staying organized, the right kind of home office storage system is essential. We feel that a filing cabinet is the perfect way to keep documents and important paperwork in good order. Whether as a standalone feature or as a component of a varied storage system, the team at More Space Place can design and customize a filing cabinet system for your specific needs.
Essential Technology and Gadgets
A good computer, a monitor, a printer, and high-speed internet – your home office will likely require at least some of these, if not all. It’s important to develop a setup that works for you. If you’re used to using monitors at work, switching to a laptop at home will interrupt your productivity. Similarly, a lagging internet connection will make it difficult to complete online tasks and communicate with your team. We recommend finding a room in your home that has good internet connectivity, or investing in another router to be placed in the room with you. We can help you design a home office that makes space for all your essential gadgets, is smartly laid out to take advantage of outlets, and keeps wires and cords well-concealed and out of the way.
The Right Chair
Never underestimate the importance of a comfortable, ergonomic office chair. Having a chair that supports your back and neck will prevent short-term aches and long-term problems. Working in comfort will also help you focus on tasks and eliminate distractions.
Create Your Dream Home Office With More Space Place!
Working from home more often these days? This is the perfect time to reach out to the team at More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a FREE design consultation.
This custom home office was built for a homeowner in Sun City Center! Sleek and contemporary, these cabinets are composed of white-chocolate melamine. The versatile drawers, desks, and cabinets provide all the storage and working space you need. We took advantage of the natural light in the room by building a window seat. This home office also features a drop-down table and LED lighting system.
If you ever work from home, you likely have some kind of home office set up. Does that space suit your needs, though? If you find your home office lacks storage space or if you struggle to focus, it might be time to upgrade to a custom home office. Below, we’ve compiled some of the many elements that can be personalized to create your perfect home office.
The desk is typically the center of any home office: the place where stuff gets done. Each person has distinct needs when it comes to what style, size, and type of desk work best. For example, if you’re an avid crafter, you might need a desk that has a lot of practical space to work and is accompanied by additional storage. If you typically use your laptop, you still might require additional space for an extra screen.
What kind of storage space do you wish your current desk included? How much space do you need? Do you prefer a standing or sitting desk, or both? Whatever your preferences are, we can create the perfect desk for your office.
Your storage needs will vary depending on many different factors – your profession, your hobbies, and what you plan to use your home office for. We can design and install the perfect amount of storage for your unique needs, with customizable shelves, drawers, filing cabinets, and more. We can create an office with enough book storage to double as a home library, a built-in Murphy bed that allows your home office to be converted into a guest bedroom, storage that works for both your job and your hobby, or a simple and sleek storage system that fits seamlessly in your space.
Our style options are as endless and customizable as our storage options. Whether you prefer a timeless dark wood finish, bright white cabinetry, or sleek glass accents, we’ve got you covered. You can also personalize the layout of your desk and storage systems, as well as the lighting we install in your home office. We can work with your space to ensure that your office fits beautifully and naturally into your home.
Get Started in Sarasota Today!
Let the experts at More Space Place work with you to create your dream home office. Our team will help you design a custom home office that maximizes creativity, productivity, and peace of mind. Get in touch with us today, or visit one of our showrooms to view our home office models. We have three locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte.
Sometimes, after a long day at school, it can be difficult to convince your kids to do their homework. Getting your kids to sit down and focus can feel next to impossible. But just as adults rely on an organized office space for productive work, so do the busy minds of children! With a custom study space, you can help your student feel organized, focused, and inspired when it’s time to open those books. Our design experts at More Space Place Sarasota are here to share our top tips and tricks for customizing the perfect study space below.
Your young scholar might love collecting colorful school supplies, but all of those rogue pencils and papers might simply drive you crazy. Plus, your kids are likely to involve you in the search when they can’t find something! Creating dedicated school supply storage is the perfect solution. With elements like open shelving, pull out drawers, and filing cabinets, everything will have a place. Not only will this save both of you the hassle of digging through cluttered craft drawers, but it will give your kid an extra dose of inspiration. All of their materials are right in front of them and at their fingertips for their next creative masterpiece.
It’s pretty obvious that studying in front of the tv with cartoons on isn’t the most productive way to study. The lack of distraction in a dedicated study space makes it all the more valuable. You can craft a big open desk, hide any distracting chords, and even make space for a computer when needed. Your child will know it is time to focus on studies when they sit down here. With less distractions, they will learn more efficiently and probably finish their work quicker, making more time for the other fun things they have on their mind!
Inspiration Driven Space
For every student, young and old, there comes a time when they simply do not want to do their homework. We understand. That’s why it’s important to consider the unique personality and learning habits of your child. Do they learn better with bright lights? Dimmer lights? Do they like to surround themselves with bright colors or relaxing ones? Our custom home offices can be crafted exactly to your student’s personality so that the space truly feels like their own. For this reason, we love the idea of including your student in on the design process of their custom study space!
Multipurpose Study Space
While you might love the idea of giving your young student their personal study space at home, it can be hard to find the room to do so. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution! Transform your child’s room into a spacious place to study with a custom Murphy bed. With a custom-made wall bed, your child can have a built-in desk, plenty of storage, and a folding bed. Our Murphy beds are easy to use, ensuring that your child can set their bed up by themselves. They’re also ultra-comfortable, with a built-in high-quality mattress.
Are you ready to craft an organized, focused, and inspirational study space for the kids in your home? Our design experts at More Space Place Sarasota are here to help! Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation!
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When looking around your home, there is most likely a room or area you can identify that isn’t being used to its full potential. Maybe you’ve felt stuck with the space’s arrangement or frustrated by its storage (or lack thereof). If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, it might be time to consider an organizational upgrade. A customized home office system could be just the solution you need! More Space Place, with showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Port Charlotte, is here to help you create the perfect system for your home.
Making The Best Use Of Your Space
Perhaps you’ve never considered a home office, and maybe you aren’t even aware of all the great benefits they can offer. From functional practicality to enhanced style, there are a number of perks of creating an office setup in your home. Customizing a solution means you get to build one around your available space, which gives you a lot of flexibility as to where it goes. You don’t even have to have a whole spare room to devote to this. Do you have a small nook that you don’t know what to do with? Is there space under your stairs that would be a good candidate for the project? Even if you don’t have much room, we can make custom home offices work in small spaces. A custom system ensures a perfect fit every time.
Adding Your Own Style
Like our other storage and organizational solutions, a custom home office from More Space Place is available in a wide variety of color, style, finish, and hardware options. Additionally, you can choose what type of storage components would work best for your needs and build something based around them. Our talented designers work with you to come up with a design that reflects your personal style and that of your home, much like we did with our award-winning nautical home office design that was installed in a Sarasota condo. Not only will a custom home office add great style to your home, but it will also keep your space organized and help you make the most efficient use of your space.
Schedule A Free Consultation
If you want to learn more about how we can help you create a versatile office solution for your home, contact More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas where our experts can come to your home, see your space, and talk with you about what you’re looking for. When it comes to improving the efficiency, productivity, and style of your storage, leave the hard work to us!
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At More Space Place, we understand that the custom storage systems we create for homes across the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas aren’t just supposed to have practical benefits. They should also add aesthetic value and enjoyment to your home! Part of the beauty of customizing your own solution is that you get to add your own personal style to the design and use your creativity to make something you’ll love having in your space. One scenario in which our clients enjoy showing their style is when creating a custom home office.
Share Your Vision
When you work with us on a project, you start by receiving a free in-home estimate and design consultation with one of our experts. This is a perfect opportunity for you to share your vision with us. When picturing your home office, what comes to mind? What colors make you happy? How would you describe the décor style of your home? Our consultations combine your vision with our expertise. Once we know what you’re looking for, our award-winning staff can share feedback with you, as well as show you additional options or components maybe you didn’t know were possible. We’ll come away from the session with a good idea of what the project will entail, and then we create a design proposal to share with you before getting started. Whether you prefer modern styles with minimal design elements or a more ornamental look with solid wood finishes, we can make it happen.
Why Show Your Style?
If you’re more focused on making sure your home office suits the storage and organizational needs of your day to day, don’t worry. We make sure everything has a place and that the solution works as efficiently and effectively as possible. If you’re also wondering why it’s important to consider visual style as part of the process, we have a few main reasons why we think it matters. Whether you’re a telecommuter and your home office is a place you spend a lot of time each day, or whether it’s a place you only visit a couple times a week to send some emails or pay bills, it’s important that you have a space where you enjoy spending time. Our work environments can significantly contribute to our productivity as well as our mood. If you construct an office design that brings you joy, not only will you be more productive, but you’ll also enjoy completing your tasks a lot more.
If you want to learn more about your options when it comes to creating a custom office in your home, we’re here to answer your questions. We can help you create the office of your dreams no matter how big or small the space you have available! Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation today.
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Are you transitioning to a position where you can work remotely? Or are you getting ready to start your own business? Whatever the case may be, you might be looking at your home and trying to figure out where to work. If you don’t have a spare room in your home to devote to a home office, consider getting creative. With help from More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, you can transform your garage into the perfect home office!
The first step in getting your garage ready for your home office is to thoroughly clean out the space. Go through those decade-old toys, tools, and holiday decorations, and weed out what you don’t need. To really get organized, consider letting our experts help you design a custom shelving system. Our units will corral all of your tools and extraneous items to organize your garage to meet your unique specifications. Once you’ve cleaned out your space, you’ll be ready to set up your home office!
Make it Comfortable
Garages, especially those without any windows, can sometimes feel dark and claustrophobic. Brighten up your space with various forms of lighting. Using a combination of standing and hanging lamps will create a visually dynamic and fun space. You can also paint the walls a bright color to liven up your area and disguise the concrete of an unfinished garage.
Another way to brighten and warm your space is to add some area rugs. This will help to insulate your garage and make it more comfortable. Since garages can get cold in the winter and overheated in the summer, space heaters and fans will be helpful for controlling the temperature in your office.
It’s important to make sure that your garage is hooked up to meet your technological needs. Ensure you have access to speedy wifi and a phone line, and make sure there are enough outlets to accommodate computer cords, printers, fans, and other electronics.
Tailor the Space
Depending on your specific business, there are a number of customizations you may need to make to fit your needs. For example, you might need to create additional sitting areas for visitors, or set up dividing panels to provide an element of privacy while working.
A great way to tailor your space to your unique specifications is with custom office furniture, such as desk units, shelving, cabinetry, and more. Every business is different, and everyone has their own personal organizational systems that work for them. More Space Place Sarasota can help you set up an office space that will maximize your efficiency and productivity. Contact us today to arrange a free, in-home consultation!
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Back in April, we attended the Top Shelf Closet Design Awards in Chicago to celebrate More Space Place’s own Bob Barthman who was the overall winner of the 2017 contest.
In addition to being awarded the overall winner of the contest, Bob took home the top prize in the category of “Home Office: Over 150 square feet.” The project that won Bob first place was Condo on the Bay – Nautical Home Office. It features a white laminate finish, as well as custom color match paint on traditional medium density fiberboard (MDF) door and drawer panels. For an added special touch, traditional crown moulding was fitted all around the top of the bed and upper cabinets.
The Sarasota condo in which the custom home office was installed is on the third floor of a building that overlooks Sarasota Bay. The nautical theme fit perfectly in the seaside setting, and the overall project came out beautifully. The customer wanted the space to be open, and they wanted the design to include plenty of effective storage. Bob’s storage design combined cupboards, drawers, and open shelving to create a versatile and well-rounded system. A matching Murphy bed was installed beside the desk to provide a comfortable extra bedroom. The space-saving bed further heightened the function and efficiency of the room, and it will allow the home office to pull double duty when necessary.
Take a tour of the Nautical Home Office below!
It was a lot of fun attending this year’s Top Shelf Closet Design red carpet event. It was also very inspiring to get to see many great home storage designs from other professionals in the industry. We’re fortunate to have an award-winning designer on our More Space Place team. Congratulations, Bob, on a job well done!
Schedule A Free Estimate
If you’d like to learn more about having your own custom home office designed and installed, contact us today for a free in-home consultation. You can also visit us at one of our three More Space Place showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte.
At More Space Place, we stay up to date on the latest trends in custom home offices. That way, we can best tailor our designs to any customer’s needs. Many of our Sarasota customers have expressed interest in standing desks. They wonder if the benefits they’ve heard are really true. It turns out standing desks do have many benefits, so long as they are used in moderation.
Standing desks help fight a sedimentary lifestyle. It is a common belief that it’s difficult to get the exercise you need when you spend so much time working. However, you can burn more calories by standing up at work rather than sitting. One University of Chester study found that standing at your desk for three hours could burn 170 calories. Do that every day, and it becomes almost 1,000 per week!
Working at a standing-level desk is linked to lower blood sugar levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. Alternating between sitting and standing during the day can help stop spikes in blood sugar that increase your risk of type-2 diabetes. They are an excellent option for the health-conscious consumer.
Many proponents of standing desks cite improvements in their back or neck pain, a common reason people try standing desks. Going with a custom home office can remedy many of these effects as we take into consideration your individual ergonomic needs, in addition to using a standing-level desk.
An Important Caveat
Despite the many benefits of standing, spending the day on your feet increases risk factors for spine compression, which can lead to future back problems. It also puts you at risk for cardiovascular problems, as your heart has to work harder to pump blood when you’re standing, including carotid arteries, deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins. Standing can increase fatigue and lead to a drop in productivity and energy after work.
Standing in Moderation
The reasons stated above are why many experts suggest alternating between standing and sitting while at work, which increases physical activity throughout the day while minimizing the downfalls of a both sitting and standing.
Sitting is good sometimes, but standing up every once in a while to enjoy our beautiful gulf breeze can have many health benefits as well!
For more information on the various home office furniture options we offer, call your custom solution experts at More Space Place Sarasota today.
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