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Having a computer at home is a wonderful thing as it allows you to work without stepping out in the traffic. But care should be taken in selecting the proper table where the computer needs to be kept.
Computers are an integral part of our lives and homes especially with more people working out of home. The right kind of computer furniture that would suit both your dιcor and your health thus becomes an essential factor.

What you need
Home office furniture consists of a computer desk, storage or shelving and a computer chair. The computer desk is the keystone, and if it isn't working for you, it is in your best interest to replace it with one that does. Computer tables are literally a part of the interiors in bedrooms or studies. Wood forms the base material for computer tables that are crafted to look good and are easy to use. Often, laminate in tones like gray, cream or off-white, ringed with a darker color wood panel, is used for making a computer table.

"Most people want the computer table to blend with the surrounding furniture, kind of tucked in," says Sujata Kulkarni, interior designer. "So side panels are a must in most cases, especially in homes. Before buying I always tell my clients to consider things like storage requirements. For instance, how many papers, CDs etc need to be around."

Depending on the space required you can go in for a vertical piece or a horizontal one. A computer table needs to necessarily have a closed unit on one side, in which you can keep the CPU. "A lot of computer tables now come equipped with a CPU unit, which is covered by a wood or glass door so that it is dust-free," says Jagdish Jain of Mayur furniture. The other side include drawers in which you can store documents. A computer table will necessarily have a drawer for the keyboard, and a footrest.

Clean workspace
A range of computer tables, designed keeping in mind the dimensions and accessories of various computers, are easily available in the market.

Some computer tables come with castors and can be easily shifted from room to room. In an era when all furniture is ergonomically correct, computer furniture too is becoming sleek and smart. Companies like Zuari, Gautier and Versa sell computer tables with multiple adjustable platforms and a high level of customization. Today, most furniture stores offer computer tables that are adjustable, user-friendly and can be customized. The lines are simple and the materials used are often wood and high pressure laminate finish, which can bear the scratches that the other computer paraphernalia tend to put on tables. A combination of wood and metal also works fine, serving multiple purposes.

Choose right
With the right computer desk, you should have plenty of flat work surfaces providing enough room to use your computer and keyboard comfortably At your computer desk, you will have to arrange separate areas for using the computer and completing other projects including administrative jobs or paperwork.

The style of a computer desk depends on the type of work you do. If you have to work with papers, you will need more flat workspace. To add extra flat surfaces consider a computer desk with an additional wing or curve. A corner computer desk suits small home offices and can be easily accommodated in a den or even in a living or a dining room.

If you often use books, binders or thick heavy manuals, you may choose a computer desk with shelving or a closed overhead cabinet space on top for an easy access to printed materials without losing any of the valuable flat surfaces. Choosing the best room to situate a home office also depends on your type of home business. If your activities require daytime phone calls operating in the same time zone you can easily operate from the living or a dining room which tend to be quiet and empty during the day in most households. If you are working part-time in the evenings, a computer desk can be easily placed in the bedroom where you can work quietly while other family members occupy the living room watching TV or listening to music.

Finding the right place for your computer desk and a small home office does not have to ruin your budget or the style of your home. In fact, having a home office can be of great help to all family members bringing technology to any household.
br> Ergonomics
A good computer workstation allows you to work comfortably with your hands and wrists in a level, neutral position. If you have to bend your hands up to reach the keys or the mouse, you can aggravate the nerve passages that run through your wrists. If you can't sit comfortably with wrists in a neutral position, pick a different desk.
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Posted on : 21/1/2006
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