© 2004 Vishal P. Rao
Choosing Home Office Furniture
Having an adequately equipped home office is essential to being productive. It is not necessary that everything be brand new, nor is it necessary that you spend a lot of money. What is important is that you select your items carefully and that they are functional and safe for use in a home office environment.
Check your telephone directory for used office furniture stores. Many time you can find very nice furniture available at a fraction of cost. Don't forget to also check resale store and thrift shops in your area, as well as local classified ads.
1. The Desk
Bigger is better when it comes to desks. Try to choose one that has lots of room for your computer monitor, keyboard, telephone, and space to spread out paperwork and anything else that you may be working on at moment. Pick a desk that has adequate drawer space and a file drawer for short-term filing of active projects.
If you choose a desk that has a built-in keyboard support shelf, make sure that shelf it wide enough to hold your keyboard and still have plenty of room to let you perform natural mouse moment. Some of new keyboard designs, such as Microsoft "Natural", are wider than standard keyboards.
2. The Chair
Proper back and neck support is essential when you spend all day sitting down. Buy best chair that you can afford. Your chair must have solid upper and lower (or lumbar) back support. A flimsy backrest puts stress on your spine while you're seated and causes back pain. Look for a chair where lower portion of a backrest is slightly curved to follow natural contour of your spine.
You chair's seat seat should feel comfortable when you initially sit down, and should remain that way after you've been seated for a significant period of time. If seat becomes uncomfortable then foam padding may not be a high enough density, or contouring may not be right for your body.
Make sure you have plenty of room around your hips and thighs. You should have at least one inch of space on either side of your body. It is also important that your chair's seat properly supports your thighs without edge of seat coming in contact with back of your legs while you are sitting.
3. File Cabinets
To keep your home office organized, and avoid clutter, you are going to need filing cabinets. There essentially two different files cabinets that are perfect for a home office. Here is a quick summary:
a) Vertical file cabinets
This is most common file cabinet. Vertical cabinets are taller than they are wide so that they use a minimum amount of wall space. They have anywhere from two to five drawers and are right size to hold hold letter and legal-size documents. They come in a variety of colors and gauges of steel. If you can afford to buy one that is fireproof, so much better.