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Home Office Furniture: Form & Function Unite

May 19, 2008
If you have you are one of the millions of people today that work from their homes, then you know that it can be difficult to join the two without leaning too far one way or the other. Even with separate rooms in opposite ends of the house you may end up with an office that looks a little too much like a home, or a home that too closely resembles an office. Home office furniture is a specific type of furniture that meshes the two environments harmoniously. You don't have to set your home office completely apart from the rest of your house as long as you are able to see the distinction. It can be difficult to stay professional and motivated if your desk is set up at the foot of your bed though, so make sure there is some kind of boundary.

The beauty of working for yourself and working in your home is that you do get to choose what you surround yourself with. Gone are the days of sterile desks and uncomfortable office chairs - unless you like that sort of thing. Your home office furniture can be a reflection of your personal style with unique designs. It is an extension of you just like your home is. If you like vibrant colors, go nuts. If wood is more your style you can make your whole office look like the inside of the New York City Library. Whatever your fancy, there is home office furniture to match it.

Sometimes the secret to successfully merging your home and your office is to make the office invisible during non-work hours. If you have the luxury of devoting an entire room to your office, then it's not a difficult task. However, if you are running a little low on living space, your home office furniture may have to double as something else, like the kitchen table. Computer armoires are very popular designs for home offices because they can be full sized desks by day and lovely furniture by night. You simply swing the doors open, slide the computer and desktop out, pull up a chair and you are in business, literally.

Though computers have taken over the vast majority of the business world, no one is completely paperless. Where there is business being done, there will be some papers and where there are papers there must be files. Do you see where this is going? If your wife is not exactly keen on the idea of a beige metal filing cabinet parked beside her William Sonoma chopping block, consider an alternative. Just like a computer desk can be transformed into an armoire, filing cabinets made of matching wood or other material can double as side tables on either end of the couch. Not to worry, they still lock so your personal effects are safe when your daughter's friends come over.

This type of office furniture adopts the "hidden in plain sight" theory. It allows you to have home office furniture without sacrificing your actual home. Now, there is nothing keeping you from leaving your computer armoire open and papers strung out everywhere. Chances are, especially if you are a self-employed business owner, your home office will be anything but neat and tidy. Still, it is nice to know you have the option.
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