The Home Office Boom
With the amount of home-based workers growing, the demand for home office furniture is rapidly increasing. Today’s home office furniture must enable smart workspaces to reduce work-from-home stress.
According to a study by Teleworks, one in five Americans reportedly work from home at least part time, and the numbers keep growing. Companies are finding that workplace flexibility enables employees to work more efficiently and effectively, according to their individualized needs. This shift in more home-based employees also means consumers are needing to create at-home office spaces in spare areas or rooms in their homes.
Yet home-based work environments can become crowded, disorganized, and ultimately cause a stressful workspace, if not properly designed and set up. That’s why furniture manufacturer BDI designs small and home office furniture that creates productive and feature-rich workspaces, which ultimately reduces the stress of working from home.
Since most telecommuters report working at least 35 hours a week in a home office space, one of the most important criteria for creating a productive environment is organization, and making sure your space is functional. The most efficient workspace keeps confidential documents secure while also providing convenient access to all supplies and paperwork. Having an optimized office space gives workers the freedom to work at their own pace and simultaneously keep distractions at bay.
For those who work from home, office environments must also accommodate the latest technologies, and be adaptive as office needs change. “As technology becomes more advanced, it also tends to take up less space, therefore the need for large work surfaces to accommodate bulky CPUs and other cumbersome office items isn’t as crucial,” said Bill Becker, Design Director and CEO. “But what hasn’t changed is the need for a workspace of any size to provide a comfortable and functional work environment. This requires specialized features that keep your workspace performing.”
Wire management features are a must–especially in areas where the office shares space with another room – like a bedroom, living room or kitchen area – and where you don’t want a lot of wires making the space look cluttered and less upscale. Therefore a built-in cable management system incorporated in office furniture is a top selling point for consumers.
BDI’s office furniture is engineered to address these needs in today’s home workspaces, providing designs with innovation in mind. A few of the newest collections, such as the FORMAT Office or the new CORRIDOR Office, are designed to be adaptive to various home office environments, and can be scaled up or down to accommodate space concerns.
BDI’s work surfaces are designed with a micro-etched glass surface that is not only durable and finger-print resistant, but can accommodate technologies such as a wireless optic mouse. All designs also contain standard features that keep the space clean and organized, such as cable and cord management channels, movable furniture on castors, and neoprene lined drawers for supplies and cell phone charging. The collections are also carefully designed with beautiful, timeless styles that can also accommodate the newest advances needed in home office.