Your home office is command central when it comes to productivity for your business, whether you’re paying bills or simply scanning the web for inspiration. Besides the basics – a desk, a chair, storage space – you’ll also need an easy way to control light, temperature, and outside noise.
Enter: windows with built-in blinds (i.e. blinds between glass), a fun little feature that can be a lifesaver for your home office. Who knew a window treatment could bring versatility to your office space while helping you get more accomplished?
Easily control the temperature in your home office.
The sticky summer months and frigid winter are your home office’s most vulnerable times for temperature fluctuations-and we all know how tough it is to get work done when you’re uncomfortable. Windows with built-in blinds can help you control your room’s interior without cranking up the heat or A/C. Different from “separately hung” blinds, integral blinds allow you to keep out harsh light that can cause glare and heat build-up in the warmer months, before the light/heat ever penetrates your interior glass, while retaining warmth when it’s cooler outside. The multi-pane glass is treated with a clear “Low-E” coating that’s designed to reflect heat during summer and lock it in during winter.
Create a private retreat amidst a busy household.
We’d all like to have our home offices in some quiet corner of the house where distractions are nonexistent. Unfortunately for most people, that’s not realistic; our workspaces are often integrated into the rest of our bustling home life.
French doors with built-in blinds are ideal for a home office that needs privacy away from the rest of the house. If your office is located off your bedroom or near heavily-used spaces of your home, the ability to close the doors for privacy but also allow light in when needed is a valuable feature.
Whereas traditional, external blinds on a high-traffic door could quickly get destroyed by passing kids or pets, built-in blinds are nearly impossible to damage once installed.
Recognize the power of good-quality light.
Lighting in your home office is another important factor to keep you productive, while protecting your eyesight when using your computer and reading fine print. House to Home recommends three types of lighting when planning your office: ambient, task and accent lighting.
Ambient lighting is your overall lighting for the room, and integral window blinds can help control sunlight in the daytime. The versatility to shut them in the evening and rely on overhead lighting fixtures helps you customize your office environment while giving you security from the outdoors.
Task lighting in the form of desk lamps, and accent lighting in the form of wall sconces or overhead track lighting, can highlight artwork and business-related plaques to create a home office that is ideal for working from morning ’til night.
If your home office is lacking good lighting and temperature control-and you’re trying to find a way to block out distractions-the solution may be easier than you think. Use built-in blinds to keep your productivity high and maximize your enjoyment of your home, during work hours and when it’s time to relax.