If you are setting up a home office, there are many things to consider including the size of the space, privacy, lighting, décor and the flooring. The good news is there really are no rules regarding a home office. You can make it into the space you want it to be. Find what inspires you and what helps you work your best then design the space to fit your needs. The same goes with the flooring you choose for your office. Basically, whatever type of flooring you prefer can be used. However, there are some things you’ll want to consider.
Your home office is all about work so your flooring should be too. Do you have a rolling desk chair? Then you’ll want a carpet you can easily roll your chair on. Carpet should have a lower pile so your chair doesn’t get stuck. Looped berber styles of carpet are ideal for home offices. Level loop (where all the loops are the same size) is better as opposed to a style with varying loop heights, which can increase the potential for snagging. If you want a cozier feeling carpet, you can try a cut and loop style. These feature short cut fibers paired with small, tight loops.
Commercial carpets can be used in your home office. They are obviously built for an office environment and can handle plenty of traffic. They typically come in short cut-pile carpets or low-profile level loop styles.
Hard surface floors can also be used. Luxury vinyl and laminate flooring are both great options. They are durable and easy to maintain. The only thing to consider is noise. For a home office with one person, it’s not much of an issue, but if you share the space with someone or have the possibility of family walking in while you’re on a call, carpet will be much quieter.
No matter what type of carpet or flooring you choose for your office, it is wise to place a protective mat under your chair to prevent excessive damage.
Style & Creativity
Once the basic function of your home office flooring is assessed, you can think about style. You don’t want your office to be drab and boring. It’s likely somewhere you will spend a lot of time during the day, so make it interesting and as fun as you can.
With carpet, you have many options. An office is a great place to add carpet with a fun pattern or different colors. If you opt for a hard surface floor, you still have many options on color, texture and style, although not as dramatic as carpet. However, you can always add color with an area rug or add the color on the walls.
Unless your office is part of an open space in your home, you can make the décor completely different from the rest of the house. That way it also separates your work space from your living space. The options really are endless and completely up to you.
When it’s time to put your home office together, visit the flooring experts at Hopkins Carpet One or give us a call at 952-933-8944. We can discuss the many options with you and help you find the best flooring for your unique office space.