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If your choice of office space is limited to your family room, living room or dining room, all three without doors to close at the end of the day, consider an armoire. An armoire can hold your monitor, CPU, printer, fax machine, modem, reference materials and files. Some even offer a fold-out work surface. A pull-out keyboard offers space for your mouse and a few office supplies. You can even set aside the top of the armoire for less frequently used items. While the ability to store your office essentials makes an armoire an attractive option, one of its greatest advantages is, at the end of the day, you can close your armoire (or office) doors and be left with a decorative piece of furniture that won't compromise the look of your home.

The Exterior Home Office Armoire from Crate and Barrel: If you've shied away from a large armoire because you thought it would overwhelm your home office space, think again. Although an armoire may seem overbearing, it could be the only piece of office furniture (aside from a chair) that you need.

The Exterior Home Office Armoire from Crate and Barrel is made of maple solids and veneers, and has a pullout keyboard drawer, work surface, printer stand, a CPU cabinet, a file drawer and two additional drawers for supplies. In addition to a bulletin board, the armoire comes with a CD holder, disk holder, built-in power strip and additional shelves for reference materials. Cost: $2,999. To order, call Crate and Barrel at (800) 323-5461.

The Convertible Corner Computer Armoire from Reliable HomeOffice: Now you can turn an unused corner into a usable, functional workstation. The Convertible Corner Computer Armoire from Reliable HomeOffice has a pullout keyboard tray with a sliding mouse shelf beneath it, a bay for a tower-style CPU, a lower pullout shelf for a printer, and storage space above and below the monitor bay. The armoire costs around $1,200 and comes in a variety of finishes: homestead cherry veneer, pine, oak and antique white. For more information or to order, call Reliable HomeOffice at (800) 869-6000.

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