Just got your keys for your new home? Most homeowners place emphasis on spaces like the living room or master bedroom and often neglect the study room. Like all other rooms in your home, the layout and furniture for your study room should not be an afterthought, but should be considered and planned for carefully. A little planning and investment will help save you from decisions that will cost you more in the future. Here’s a list of the most common mistakes that we feel that homeowners commonly commit that you should know.
1) Investing too little upfront
Although we know the costs for renovation, furniture and fittings can add up quickly, it is wise to invest a little more upfront to save in the long run. Paying less upfront for shoddy furniture of poor quality might cause unexpected spending in future when the furniture gets damaged, or worse, paying for medical fees for poor quality furniture that might break and cause injuries. Another suggestion would be to invest in LED lighting instead of fluorescent bulbs. Although the upfront costs can be higher, LED lighting use less power and have longer lifespans as compared to fluorescent bulbs. This converts to more cost savings.
2) Buying desks with drawers that take up too much space
If you are limited by space or planning to save on furniture footprint by using desks with drawers underneath the desks, it is advisable to get desks with drawers on the side or separate pedestals. Desks with drawers that take up the entire length of the worktop limits leg space, or worse, limits the options you have on the chairs you can use with your desks, as you can only purchase chairs without armrests, since the armrests will hit the drawers when you need to fit the chairs under the desk.
3) Failing to plan for family planning
When your family grows or needs change, your study room sometimes become obsolete. To manage this, try not to have too many built-in furniture or storages that leaves you little to no room for changes, as it can be costly to dismantle built-in furniture. Investing in furniture that are flexible or modular that can cater to your changing needs can save you more in the long run.
4) Having insufficient or unsuitable lighting
Your work area should have even and sufficient lighting catered as having insufficient light sources results in many shadows. Coupled with blue light emitting from our computer screens, this could result in weakening eyesight over time. Also, although warm yellow lighting makes the entire room look cosier, our recommendation would be to invest in a light source such as a table lamp or task lighting with white light to reduce strain on the eyes.
5) Poor cable management
Cable clutter quickly builds up with the use of multiple electronic devices and power extension bars in your study room. Besides being unsightly which will ruin all efforts to create a visually appealing work area, having exposed cords and cables are a safety hazard, especially if you have kids or pets entering your study room. A cheap solution would be to use velcro cable ties to organise cables, or to buy off-the-shelf cable management boxes to hide cable clutter. Alternatively, catering for openings on your desks for cables to lead-up to your work area and having wire trays under your desks to hold power extension bars help to reduce cable clutter.