Tips on Choosing Home Office Furniture
Home office furniture is becoming an increasingly common component of modern furniture stores all over the USA. Whether you are looking for furniture in Atlanta, New York, or Seattle, you will find a good choice of pieces for your office in response to the growing trend of telecommuting and employees working from home rather than from call centers.
It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that home working is more economical than outsourcing telecoms to foreign call centers. Not just that, but most clients and customers feel they get a better service when talking to American customer service personnel rather than those whose first language is not English.
The Importance of Quality and Style
With the trend for people to work from home supplementing an increasing number of people running home internet businesses, home office furniture is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. However, many people are not prepared to use the cheap type of flat-pack furniture that was once the norm for home offices, and are seeking a higher quality, just like the rest of the furniture in their home.
Style, quality, durability and functionality are all important aspects of the modern home desk and office chair, and home offices are no longer fitted with 'hideaway' furniture that is brought out only for work. Now, the office is an integral part of the home, and home office furniture is as much a necessity as living room and dining room furniture.
For many homes, the office desk is more than just four legs screwed into a plywood top. It is made by craftsmen and often part of a collection that includes the computer desk and filing cabinets, credenzas and bureaus. Let's have a look at some examples of home office desks and chairs, and how they differ from the old idea of home office furniture.
Beautiful Home Office Desks
The Liberty St. Ives Jr. Executive desk and chair is crafted from solid poplar and cherry veneers, with a cherry and chocolate finish. This 66 inch wide desk has cupboards and drawers with ball bearing glides, and a flip-down keyboard tray. It comes with a matching wooden swivel chair, unlike the more traditional armed chair of the Crown Mark desk that has an upholstered seat and back. The Crown desk is of a more tradition design in polished veneer.
However, the first item of home office furniture that most people working from home will seek out is a computer desk. There are many different designs available, ranging from the traditional type of workstation, with space for a monitor and keyboard to a modular system that can expanded over time. The Aspen Home Young Classics range is a perfect example of this.
Modular Computer Desks
With built-in outlets and USB connector, and an integrated keyboard and document tray, the units available include the desk itself, and an additional partner's desk. Hutch units are available to sit on the main desk, with or without glass doors, and can be fitted with lateral and rolling filing systems. The modular system in cherry and birch veneers is an astounding 96 inches wide, 85 inches deep with the partner's desk unit added at right-angles, and 81 inches high with the hutches.
The benefit of a modular unit such as this is that is comprises an entire office, handling your files, computer, printer / copier and fax machine. This is ideal if you have limited home office space, and prefer to have all your equipment within easy reach.
Simple is Often Enough
Maybe you prefer something less traditional, or you have children around and expensive office furniture would not be practical. A less ambitious secretary's desk might suffice for a laptop and three-in-one printer, which is all many people use nowadays.
A 58 inch wide Paula Deen letter-writing desk offers all the space you need, plus room for files and documents. Designed for the home office, this is in white and easily cleaned. Its 30 inch depth is more than enough for a laptop and printer – and a telephone of course. You could add a filing cabinet if you need one, or a bookcase or display cabinet to complete a small but very functional office that would suffice for most purposes, whether you are running a home business or working from home for an employer.
Choosing home office furniture is not significantly different to choosing any other type of home furniture. It must be functional, practical and look good, and should not cost the earth. You can visit your local Beverly Hills, Seattle, Boston or Atlanta furniture stores and find most of the types of office furniture mentioned above. Or simply select what catches your eye online – the choice is yours.