If you’re tired of stumbling around your dark basement overflowing with Christmas decoration boxes and other junk, it’s time for a great spring project. Your basement, no matter how small, can be turned into a beautiful home office that will not only make your work days easier but also more stylish. Here’s how you can transform your basement from a dump into a glam space.
1. Conduct a quick inspection
You might be impatient to start decorating, but you really need to conduct a good space inspection. Your space needs to be stable, safe and waterproof (there’s nothing worse than mold and dampness). Take a thorough look at your ceiling and floors for any cracks and leaks. If you notice any issues, make sure to call experts to rethink your drainage system and strengthen your foundation. Another thing to do before putting in furniture is considering your layout so you can always add features in the future.
2. Rethink your entrance
While your workspace is the most important part, your entrance shouldn’t be neglected either. If you have another office where you see clients and just work from home from time to time, you’re fine with your existing entrance. But, if you’re thinking of completely moving your business to your basement, you’ll need a separate entrance that will not be used by anyone else but you and your clients. You don’t want your clients to go through your kitchen and living room to reach your tiny wooden stairs—that’s not a good first impression.
3. Insulate the noise
The biggest perk of having a basement home office is the noise insulation. You’re going to be working away from your family room, kid’s playroom and garage, so you’ll be able to concentrate on your tasks. However, if you’re planning to add a game room next to your home office someday in the future, make sure to insulate your space with foam. You could also add some insulation to the ceiling, especially if you have a noisy family or roommates. There’s no point moving your work to the basement if you can’t concentrate there either!
4. Light it up
Many people keep Feng Shui in mind when decorating their space, especially modern and woke Australians. For Feng Shui followers, the basement is the hardest place to decorate because of the more-than-obvious lighting problems. But, no matter if you’re one of the Feng Shui concerned Australians or just want a practical space, lighting is the most important part of your home office. Luckily, you can come up with a good lighting design if you combine your upper windows in the basement with general lighting and task lighting. If you contact a good Sydney electrician, they will help you create a warm, practical and inviting space. Experts can usually offer great lighting advice, so make sure to call someone experienced!
5. Make it connected
If you’re like most of us, you have about 7 gadgets with you when you work. Home offices are super demanding when it comes to electrical wiring and connectivity, so make sure to call experts to connect your phone, internet, and printers. But, before that, try to calculate the number of sockets you need and their most practical placement. Your basement needs to be cut out for powering all your electronics and gadgets before you can move in.
6. Introduce some storage
Even if you’re a minimalist, still make a conscious effort to provide your basement with plenty of storage. In time, you’ll certainly find the use for your units, but most importantly, you’ll avoid clutter—the biggest workspace enemy! So, make sure to install some lovely floating shelves for folders, closed cabinets for loose papers and drawers for office supplies. These will not only make everything nice and neat but also make it easier to navigate your office!
Finish up with decoration (we leave that to you because your workspace needs to be very personalized) furniture and a warm carpet. With proper base work and your great decoration skills, your basement home office will be the envy of all your colleagues and certainly impress your clients!
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”