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Instead of making your existing furniture fit your computer equipment, consider a desk designed specifically for computer equipment. The ideal setup has a hutch or a shelf installed above it for storing computer manuals, software and reference materials. The desk portion holds all your computer equipment and can be closed at the end of the day.

Whichever piece or pieces of furniture you choose to use in your home office, make sure they meet ergonomic standards. Before you buy a desk, chair or computer workstation, test it to see that it's functional, comfortable and reduces the risk of straining your back, wrists or elbows. Also, make sure your workstation has access holes for large plugs and that your tower unit has enough ventilation. Look for built-in lights or enough desktop space to add a halogen or fluorescent lamp. If your home office is in a high-traffic area or guest room, look for door, file and drawer locks. Make sure any piece of furniture you buy is large enough to hold your monitor and speakers, if necessary. And keep in mind that a keyboard drawer will save you valuable desk space.

Sawgrass Desk from Computer Furniture Direct: This desk, though simple in design, provides plenty of room to house your monitor, keyboard, CPU, printer and more. It features a locking bi-foldable door and an adjustable shelf below. Adding a hutch would give you more storage space above, leaving your desktop clear. Available finishes include walnut or cherry on oak solids and veneers. The desk costs $899; the hutch costs $599. For details, call Computer Furniture Direct at (800) 555-6126 or visit http://www.cf-direct.com

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