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List of Office Furniture

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If you’re setting up an office space on a tight budget, it’s important to create a “must-have” list of office furniture. Focus on the pieces that are absolutely necessary, and you'll save both money and shopping time. Create a “must-have” list of office furniture by considering the work you’ll do and the equipment you’ll need to comfortably complete it.

Work Station

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The most important piece of furniture in most office spaces is the work station. Depending on the type of work you do, a traditional desk may be best. If you’re an artist or crafter, however, you may find that a large table provides you with the extra space you need to use your supplies. Consider whether you need storage attached to your workspace -- for example for reference books or tools you use often. If you do, you should plan to buy a workstation with a hutch, drawers or other type of built-in storage.

Storage Furniture

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The type of storage you need in your office depends on the equipment you use regularly. If you’re a writer, for example, you may need a simple bookcase to store reference books and a printer. A textile artist might need cabinets to store fabric, a place for multiple sewing machines and multiple shelves to hold sewing paraphernalia like thread and scissors. What you need to store and the quantity will determine whether a bookshelf or a complete modular storage system is best for you.

Seating Pieces

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Your chair is a crucial piece of office furniture if you'll be sitting for extended periods of time. In this case, you'll need a comfortable seat with adequate support. An ergonomically designed chair can eliminate end-of-the-day lower back pain. Features to consider include adjustable seating height, lumbar support and the appropriate seat width and depth.

Space to Collaborate

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If you plan to have meetings in your office space, consider having additional seating and work space for your guests. If you use a large table as a work station, you may only need an additional pair of chairs. With a smaller work station, you may want to incorporate a second small table somewhere in your office for times when you're working with others.