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Now that you’ve taken care of flooring and walls (see the previous post), it’s time to consider furniture. In an office, the right furniture makes a difference in your comfort, particularly when you spend hours in front of a computer. Basic tools of ergonomics – the science of making sure your workspace works well for you – can help provide some insights as you make your furnishing decisions.

The best place to start is your chair. Try many before deciding. The minimum goals include one that adjusts to allow you to keep your feet flat on the floor when you’re working. Also make sure that the seat is not too deep – if you can’t sit back in the chair without having your knees touch the front edge of the seat, the chair seat is too big for you.

When you’re setting up your computer, make sure that both the keyboard and the mouse are the same height as your elbows. Consider a keyboard drawer if your desk is too high. Set your monitor so that the top edge is about eye level. Task lighting should be even, and shouldn’t end up creating a glare on your monitor.

The final step is storage. Many office and residential furniture stores have a good variety of file cabinets and bookshelves that work well from a professional perspective while still looking appealing. Take your time and select only the pieces you need right now. You can always buy more later, and it’s nice to have extra space in an office. All set? OK, now get to work!

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