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What are some tips for furnishing a home office?

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When furnishing a home office, choose seating that supports the back and stays comfortable for hours at a time, and lighting that is easy on the eyes and fights glare. Frequently used items should be within easy reach, while less-used items require adequate, organized storage. Base decorating style decisions on productivity and appeal.

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Seating need not be an expensive ergonomic chair, though it should be the right height for proper sitting posture. Most office chairs have adjustable backs and seats. Chairs with wheels allow easy movement around a workstation. Cushioning and frame materials should be durable.

Lighting includes both ambient lighting from ceiling lights and focused lighting from a desk lamp. Bulbs with high flicker rates may cause eye fatigue, as may glare. Window blinds can let light in and adjust to block glare. Place the desk to minimize computer screen glare.

The work surface can be a desk or table. It should be large enough to hold regularly needed items. Shelves and a second table are useful for a computer printer and reference books. The work surface should be the right height for the hands and wrists to be at the proper angle.

Storage includes shelves, filing cabinets, baskets and bins. A bulletin board can hold reminders and reference sheets. Keep everything easy to access and find.

When deciding on decor, consider what makes the workplace most productive for the person using it. A highly distractible person may want minimalist decor. Someone else may prefer colors and lines that energize, wall art that inspires or a style that creates an ambiance of coziness or scholarliness. If the office is a nook within a room with other uses, it may be desirable to choose decor that blends with the rest of the room.

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