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Stuck for extra office space? Mobile furniture could help you maximize the space you've already got.

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This story appears in the February 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Tracie Stier-Johnson needs a bigger showroom for a special sales event at Broadway Paper, the 35-year-old Milwaukee entrepreneur does it with a push. That's all it takes to reconfigure the mobile work pods Stier-Johnson bought for her three-person design and administrative staff last year to turn their offices into sales areas. "We're able to squash all these pods together to gain extra square footage for sales," she says.

In the past several years, all sorts of office furniture has grown wheels. Desks, filing cabinets, tables and even walls can now be rolled around to make room, reconfigure spaces or set up temporary workgroups. "At this point," says Jeff Reuschel, a manager of Holland, Michigan, furniture maker Haworth Inc., "you can get just about everything on wheels."

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