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The Cunningham Advantage | Do's and Don'ts

Regardless of the colors, furniture styles or technological equipment you ultimately choose for your home office, there are some generic design dos and don’ts that apply to any space. These guidelines will help you create a space that meets your needs:


  • Keep future needs in mind. In society today, life and work are constantly changing. To keep up with the fast pace, keep your options open. The more options you give yourself for arranging and rearranging your space, the better.
  • Understand your work style and cater to it. Depending on what you do, purchase appropriate equipment. If you file reams of paper, load up on cabinets or file carts. If you surround yourself with books, plan for shelving to support the mass and weight.
  • Design your entire space in relation to your primary work surface. Your work surface is the hub of the home office. Know exactly what items you need for your office and where each must be located in relation to your work surface.
  • Incorporate items that bring you joy as well as those that serve a function. You’d probably bring a picture of the kids to work with you. Why not incorporate those special items here, even when the real thing is just outside the door!
  • Check your power. Be sure you have enough electrical outlets, and that the layout of your office gives you access to those outlets. Also make sure that your telephone jacks are positioned to serve your computer and fax machine well as your telephone.



  • Scrimp on equipment. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will someday save you headaches and heartaches. Flat screen monitors and notebook computers take up less desktop space. Telephone headsets prevent neck strain that comes with hours of cradling a handset.
  • Settle for a cheap chair. If you’re going to splurge on one item in your office, this is the place. Fork over the big bucks. Your body will thank you.
  • Dismiss ergonomics. Home office pros are as susceptible to workplace injuries as their corporate cousins.
  • Underestimate necessary space for equipment. Computers, monitors, scanners, fax machines, printers, power supplies, telephones, lamps. Add to that the cables, cords and plugs needed to run the equipment. They all gobble up valuable home office real estate. Plan carefully to accommodate them.