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4 Reasons Why your Home Office Furniture Should be Tailored to your Space

4 Reasons Why your Home Office Furniture Should be Tailored to your Space

Picture the scene–you’ve bought a gorgeous piece of home office furniture from a high street store, you get it home and…  it doesn’t fit. It may even sit at a slant because your floor isn’t as level as you initially thought.

These are just a couple of the problems that can occur with mass-produced office furniture. Not that buying something from the high street is a bad thing though; many of their furnishings and fittings have now been manufactured to look higher end, and you certainly can’t argue with those prices! In some cases, purchasing home office furniture that’s been personally tailored to your space by, for example, a professional joiner, is a much more convenient option than taking a chance on something that hasn’t.

Here are four key reasons why home office furniture that’s been personally tailored to your space can save you a lot of stress and possibly even money!

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1. It will fit perfectly in your space

Unless you’ve taken the time to measure up, there’s every chance the flat pack bookcase you bought from Ikea won’t actually fit into the space you picked out for it. You may even find that you can’t actually find something that does fit the dimensions you calculated. Something that’s been personally tailored towards your home office, on the other hand, will.

As well as getting the height and width of the piece spot on, someone like a joiner will be able to design it to fit into any strangely shaped alcoves or nooks, saving you quite a chunk on replacing a piece that didn’t fit after all.

2. It won’t be affected by wonky floors

It’s quite rare that every floor in your house is completely level. While it might not be so bad that it resembles a fun house, it is enough to make shop-bought home office furniture sit slightly off-kilter.

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In the same way that furniture tailored towards your particular room can slot into any of its nooks and crannies, it can also be cut to mimic the slope of the floor. The result is a piece of home office furniture that sits perfectly straight and won’t keep irritatingly catching your eye while you’re trying to work!

3. It won’t conflict with the rest of your home office design

It might be that you aren’t experienced in effective home office design, or that the colourful desk you saw in a catalogue doesn’t look quite the same shade of green in real life, but either way, it’s very easy to choose pieces of off the shelf furniture that conflict with the rest of your décor.

Everything in your home office should be reflective of you and your work, including your furniture. Its style, colour and even texture all need to be taken into consideration, but with such a wide range of customer demands out there, it’s something that can prove quite hard to do on the high street who usually just stick to fail-safe combinations as a result.

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So if you want something like a chair in country cottage styling but also a bright pop of colour, a tailored piece is the way to go.

4. You won’t have to settle for second best

When you have such a clear vision of what you want your office furniture to look like in your head, it’s understandable that when you can’t find the right thing on the high street you settle for second best. This disillusionment with furniture you’ll have to look at and use every day can even eat into your work, creating a home office environment more associated with dread than productivity.

This is one of the main reasons why personally tailored home office furniture should be considered as an alternative. After collaborating with a joiner or designer, the finished product will be exactly as you had envisioned and incorporate design elements like contours, paint colours, prints and even branding that is truly unique to you. As well as looking great, it’ll help boost you productivity.

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While tailored furniture and fittings are an expensive thought, they can actually prove more suitable for certain spaces and be more cost-effective in the long run. While I can’t deny that tailored furniture might not beat Ikea prices, it’ll certainly beat the competition in terms of quality, sustainability and the ability to get your requirements right first time.

What are your thoughts on tailored furniture for the home office? Leave us a comment!

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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