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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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