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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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