Creating a functional,
comfortable area for
working from home
By Paul Vachon
for your home
behind the upper doors can be used for files
and supply storage. Just pull up a chair and
you’re ready to work.
Where space is not so limited, you can
choose from a number of solutions that are
both innovative and beautiful.
One example is a lateral file cabinet, a
common office staple. Hardwood and hardwood veneer in black or cherry (some with
antique finishes) will make the piece more
compatible with a home environment.
Bookcases and full wall units serve an
important office function and also blend
into the home setting almost seamlessly.
These pieces are available in various sizes,
the larger of which can accommodate a
screen for video conferencing or a number
of voluminous technical manuals.
The Costco Connection
Costco and Costco.com carry a variety of
home-office furniture, electronics and décor,
including desks, chairs, file cabinets, bookcases, lighting, computers, fax machines,
printers, scanners and more.
Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that
many of these items can be coordinated, so
that the desk, file cabinet and bookcase all
match—giving the office a well-coordinated
and professional look.
To complement these ideas, an array of
ergonomic, high-tech options are being introduced, such as the “sit-stand” desk, supported
by telescopic legs that use an electric motor to
raise or lower the work surface. This can also
be simulated by creating or purchasing a
higher desk surface and using an adjustable
stool. Standing occasionally throughout the
day has been shown to provide significant
health benefits, reducing pressure on the
upper back by some 40 percent.
Katheryn Bordoley, an interior designer
in Southfield, Michigan, sees the trend to
more ergonomic home-office furniture as
ever-evolving. She says, “Manufacturers are
always coming up with intriguing new ideas,
which the home-based worker will undoubtedly benefit from.” C
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Paul Vachon is a Detroit-based author and