(1) The first thing to decide when creating a home office in the basement is how much space you want it to take up. If you have a large basement you could create a separate room for the home office, and the rest of the basement can be used as a family room, gym, entertainment room, etc. One way to close off the office is to build walls, but a simpler way would be to hang up curtains. Or if space is limited, how about creating a closet office (Creating a Workspace At Home: Closet Office Ideas)?
(2) Storage is one of the key things to plan out with a home office. Popular ideas are to use either floating wall shelves or free standing book cases, or have cabinets built in. (3) & (4) Then there is the desk itself. The easiest way to go about this is to buy a free standing desk. Or you can go down the custom building route and have a desk built into the office space (kitchen countertops are a good choice).
(5) This new desk space will need a good amount of lighting to make it a comfortable working area. Recessed ceiling lights or hanging pendant lights would be an ideal choice, along with table and floor lamps (Design Guide: Basement Lighting Ideas and Options). To get some daylight, the basement office space would need to be placed near any windows. If you are remodeling the basement and tailoring it to a home office, remember to place electrical outlets in convenient locations.
Other unique decor and basement office ideas to consider: Picture (6) shows a wall covered with chalkboard paint. (7) Other wall decor ideas include hanging up maps, putting up a photo frame layout, or a painted or textured wall (Decorating Basement Walls: Ideas from Stamped Concrete to Chalkboard Paint) (A Palette Guide To Basement Paint Colors).
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