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The Definition of Systems Furniture

Systems furniture offers flexibility, allowing for easily varying furniture layout as needs evolve. As such, systems furniture appeals to anyone who relies on "lean, mean" furniture layouts as described at the All Business website.


Systems furniture, which is also called modular furniture or a furniture system, refers to a type of furniture with component parts. These components have portability and can easily get assembled, disassembled and reassembled in different ways as needs change, as indicated at the Prime Office Furniture website. For example, a particular module might work as a bookshelf in one circumstance and get reassembled in a colleague's office into a different location as a shelf or drawer for keeping computer disks or video tapes.


Commercial offices, as of 2004, had begun using systems furniture because of a need to accommodate workers who rely on "lean, mean" mobile technology. This also meant relying on the furniture that accommodates that need, as noted in

Home Offices

As new ways of working require people to move between home offices and a traditional office, modular furniture has as of 2004 found a place in home-based offices, also, according to


Systems furniture sometimes finds a use in the school environment. Use of systems furniture in schools allows employees to switch around project areas or workstation setups to accommodate the needs that arise as projects change during the academic year, such as the systems furniture design described at


A writer/editor since 1984, Christine Lebednik has spent much of her career in business and technical writing, and editing. Her consumer print and online articles include product descriptions for TDMonthly Online, book reviews for Catholic News Service, consumer reports for Consumer Search and works for various other publications. Lebednik received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Salem State College.