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Cool Stuff for Your Small Business Office

Your home office should be a place where you’re about your business, but it should also be a place where you feel relaxed, comfortable and maybe even have a little fun from time to time. Check out this cool stuff that you’ll probably want to pick up for your small business office.

Coffee Warmer

There’s nothing that sucks quite as much as a cold cup of coffee – especially when you’re down to your last cup. In the course of handling your business in the morning, you don’t always have time to leisurely sip your coffee while it’s hot, and it’s never quite the same when you try to heat it up in the microwave. That’s probably why coffee cup warmers are so popular in small business offices. This one is only 10 bucks. Just place your mug on the warmer plate and switch it on. Keep the coffee warmer plugged in on your desk to ensure that your cup of joe stays warm until you’ve had every drop.

Massage Chair

There are going to be moments while running your small business when you desperately need a break. You might be having a tough time dealing with a customer or struggling with a supplier over terms. Hang up that phone and turn on your office massage chair. The newer models are ergonomically designed for comfort – some have heating elements and others can massage your back.

Exercise Bike Desk

418cFeVoQuL._SL250_Sitting on your backside doing nothing for hours can take its toll after a while. Spice things up in your office and get your body in motion with an exercise bike desk. Sit down, set your laptop securely on the desk right in front of you and get your workout on while you’re responding to emails, updating your website or participating in an online meeting. It’s fairly compact so that you can put it in a corner of even a small office comfortably.

Keep these cool ideas in mind when you’re decorating your small business office. Your office doesn’t have to be boring and plain. Make it a little oasis — a place you look forward to going when you wake up in the morning.

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How to Design Your Small Office

Some people think that a small office space is stifling and will negatively affect your productivity. But if you decorate and organize it a certain way, it can actually be a comforting and cozy yet professional place to get stuff done. Here are a few tips for how to decorate your small business office.

Keep Feng Shui in Mind

By definition, Feng Shui is the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang. Yin is negative and dark while Yang is positive and bright. The interaction between both sides is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it. Your small office space should emit that feeling of balance. Start by choosing a bright and vibrant color to paint the walls. Blues are more peaceful and productive, greens stand for growth, red is energetic and inspiring and yellow represents happiness.

Your office furniture can be the “dark” contrasting element, with a formal metal file cabinet and a professional black chair. Position your desk so that you have a view of sunlight illuminating the room every morning. If there are no windows in the room, place an inspirational picture on the wall that is in front of the computer desk to get a similar effect.

Carpeting and Lighting

Attempt to choose carpets or area rugs that have neutral colors that will not over power the room. For instance, charcoal gray carpeting compliments a wide variety of different color schemes. However, if you have wood floors that are in good condition, you may just want to invest in a patterned area rug.

For an office, choose bright, day light bulbs. Day light bulbs soften the room and add to its ambiance. If possible, choose a low, soothing wattage, because your computer monitor will emit enough light. Overhead track lighting with a dimmer is a preferred choice, because you can adjust the lights depending on the task you’re completing.

Choosing and Positioning Your Office Furniture

Being that you’re working with a small space, be very conservative about the size of the furniture in your office. If all you’ll be working from is a laptop, then just get a small square desk with a few shelves below it for your printer. If you’ll be using a full computer and need to accommodate a lot of equipment, dedicate one wall to a rectangular desk where you can keep everything in one place. This way you have plenty of room to move around and to place a file cabinet in another corner of the room if need be.

It helps to draw out a quick floor plan when you’re decorating a small office so that you get a good idea of the space you’re working with. Your office should be a comfortable and relaxing place for you to work. If the design is done properly it will also exude positive energy and inspire productivity.