Flooring 101: Designing The Perfect Home Office From The Ground Up
You’ve been working from home all through 2020. Will work-from-home be your new normal? Has your office already closed down its commercial location, ready to keep its remote workers happy for years to come?
There are a lot of good things about working from home. You can skip the commute time – that can add an hour or more to your day. You can also be more present in your family life. Why not have lunch dates with your spouse … every day of the week.
Now that you’re settling into your new work environment, you might be realizing that the dining room table simply won’t do. It can get loud if you and your spouse are both trying to talk to clients simultaneously. And if your kids are home and add to the daily commotion, it might be time to rethink the rooms in your home.
It’s time to build the perfect home office. But skip moving out the bed in your guest bedroom and using it as-is. Instead, design your space just for you. Design it from the ground up. That means starting with the home office flooring.
We realize you have a choice in design. Why not make your home office a place you want to spend time in? Because it’s designed exclusively with you in mind.
What’s your goal? What’s your desire?
Start by building the base with these home office flooring ideas.
“I have hardwood throughout the first floor living space. But our upstairs is carpeted. Since I’m turning the spare bedroom into an office, can I use hardwood in just that one space?”
That’s a question we frequently see these days. The short answer is: Yes!
Hardwood is classic. It’s stylish and sophisticated, yet warm and easy to maintain. Honestly, we can’t say enough about using hardwood in your home. It’s always been one of the most popular flooring choices we sell, and that’s not going to change.
Whether you work by yourself with just an occasional Zoom call with people from the office, or you’re on video chat all day long, it’s important to set the stage for your position. Why not feel like you’re the CEO of your own space?
With hardwood, you can create any look you desire. Carry the mood from your main living area by replicating what you use in your other rooms. Or start with a clean palette – design your home office any way you choose. Go a little crazy. Let your wild side out in your design. Grab a can of paint and have fun decorating your unique space all for you. Hello, hot pink, it may be the perfect choice.
Yet while you can have fun with the paint, and change up colors every season if you desire, the thing about hardwood is it allows you to have a base you’ll love for years to come.
It can set the stage for all of your design personality. And be a durable platform in the process.
If you’ve ever walked into a flooring store and had tile instantly pop out because of the colors, you’re not alone. That’s why tile remains ever-popular.
You can go elegant and invest in slate or marble. Go whimsical and choose ceramic. Use a basic color that goes with everything. Or play it up and select a wilder color.
One of the best reasons to use tile is how well it works in an office environment. Roll your chairs over it. Place that heavy filing cabinet and work table without a problem. That coffee spill you didn’t notice for days? Not a problem. Simply wipe it up. It’s water-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.
Need even more reasons to install tile into your new home office setting? How about placing it over radiant heating. It’s a way to be toasty warm throughout your workday without having to heat your entire home.
If you’re interested in bringing the hardwood look into your home office, without all the fuss of installing real hardwood, it’s time to give luxury vinyl a look. It’s durable, water resistant, softer and warmer underfoot when compared to traditional hardwood and tile.
Plus, it’s one of the easiest flooring products you can install. It’s a perfect choice for the DIYer who wants to take on a weekend project. With click and lock technology, the pieces snap together and lay into place quickly. It’s a floating floor, meaning you don’t have to nail or glue it down.
That also means it’s easy to take back up when you’re ready for a change. Change jobs? Go back into the office? Change out your flooring once again.
With luxury vinyl, you’ll have choices galore. You can find the perfect color of hardwood to match what’s laid in the rest of your home. Or change it up and find a color that’s uniquely your own. You’ll love the color and pattern choices you find, and will enjoy it even more when you see the results in your home office.
If your job has you getting messy and creative on a regular basis, luxury vinyl is for you. It’s one of the few flooring choices that touts being waterproof. Just make sure you talk with one of our associates about your needs, and we can point you to the right manufacturer. Then when you spill or make a mess, it’s merely a matter of cleaning it up. And your floor will still look great.
Of course, we can’t talk about home offices and not mention carpet. It’s still a practical flooring choice for office space because of its warmth and softness.
Let’s face it, in a home office, shoes are optional. And hardwood floors can be cold on bare feet. Dig your toes into the carpet and you’ll feel the difference.
And if all you do is sit behind a desk and type away on your computer all day, new plush carpet may be the perfect design choice.
Remodeling your home? Creating a new home office just for you?
This is a place you spend hours each day. Don’t skimp on the design.
Instead, select your home office flooring with your needs in mind?
Have questions? We’re here to help. Stop by today, or give us a call.
We’ll make your home office a place you’ll love.