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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!

Are you ready to convert a room to a home office but not sure where to start? Taking a minute to plan your space allows you to create an environment that combines the best of commercial space and a residential environment.

Laminate floors provide one of the best options for a home office. The top quality laminates look much like traditional wood floors, but with the stamina to handle the depredations of wheeled office chairs. If you would rather have carpet or wood, be sure to pick up a mat for under the chair – either plastic from any office supply store or one of the new bamboo mats available in a number of catalogs.

Home office walls give you the opportunity to bring in a color you love that wasn’t a fit with any other space in your home. Sky blue sets a tone of relaxation, or maybe a peach works for you to echo the orange of energy. Do you need a bulletin board? How about spray painting one in a bright tone that coordinates with your walls? Most office furniture is pretty neutral, so take advantage of this chance to bring in color.

Finish up with art that makes you happy. Do you have any photos that remind you of your dreams and goals? Would a landscape draw you in when you need to escape from your work for a moment? How about a reproduction of the work of an artist that you find inspiring? Touches such as these make your office a personal and inviting place to work.