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Architects and designers use a set of standard symbols to indicate certain features on floor plans some of the most common ones are shown at left. You'll find them useful for adding essential information to your floor plan without cluttering it with written labels. Your floor plan and elevations are but a skeletal design for your future home office. To arrive at a final design that will work comfortably for you in the years ahead requires detailed planning. The four functions basic to most...

Computer Quarters

Sharing one end of the family room with a traditional writing desk, polished cabinetry conceals a complete computer work center. The keyboard slides out on its own shelf the printer emerges from a deep, open-sided drazver. Furniture design Interior Design Works, Ltd. Around the corner from spills, steam, and other kitchen hazards, this built-in desk offers the cook a quiet retreat. Its rolltop cover allows quick concealment of interrupted paperwork. Architect Robert C. Peterson. Unscrambling a...

Finding a Space to Work

Unless you live in a grand house, where parlors and studies abound and bedrooms open onto private sitting rooms, finding space for a home office may seem like quite a challenge. Actually, though, potential office space is almost always lurking in plain view. Finding it simply requires a shift of perspective, which this chapter can help you achieve. Unless you're fortunate enough to have a spare room, the most common way to squeeze in a home office is to borrow space from an existing room...

Computer Table

Large enough to hold a personal computer, printer, and accessories, yet small enough to fit in even a compact office, this computer table combines efficiency with simplicity of construction. For even greater versatility, add the desktop organizer that appears on page 85. If you need greater depth than butcher block's 25-inch width allows, you can make your own laminated top by edge-gluing 1 Vfe-inch-thick lumber up to 30 inches wide, then centering the top on the frame. 1. If you've bought...

Stylish Files

Architects and graphic designers rely on flat files for protective storage of blueprints and art boards. The built-in example, at right, artfully reshapes a niche in the office wall. The unit shown below includes both horizontal drawers and vertical slots. Design at right Osbum Design. Design below Limn. Delicate floppy disks require safe storage. Both of these drawers protect the floppies, yet keep them within easy reach when needed. The drawer at left features built-in compartments the other...

Sharing A Guest Room

Now you see it, but sometimes you don't. Built into the wall system shown below are work surfaces that slide out like bread boards, as well as a desk that folds down to reveal a cozily closeted computer. Like the Murphy bed on the room's opposite wall, each device shuts away out of sight when not needed. Interior design Legallet-Trinkner Design Associates. Furniture design Eurodesign, Ltd. Built-in cabinets, counters, and shelves tailor a small room to dual purpose as a family computer center...

Shelving Variations

Living Room Bookshelf Idea

Held secure by pressure devices, the freestanding uprights on these bookcases allow the brackets to face the zvalls. In turn, the brackets bear laden shelves stacked all the way to the ceiling. Recessed between wall studs, these shelves form a pattern of squares. Books and supplies enliven the orderly cubicles with varied forms and colors. Architect Richard N. Pollack. Acquired from Harvard University, these bookcases protect their printed freight with glass fronts that swing up and slide back...

Hidden Office Space

Hidden Office Space

What once flourished as a bedroom closet noiv pursues a second career as a computer work center and pocket-size library. High-tech equipment looks user-friendly in comfortable, An expendable closet, minus its doors, becomes a trim and tidy home office, without intruding upon the family room in zvhich it's located. The closet's width easily embraces a desk. Ledgers support wide shelves, tracks and brackets hold shorter ones. Careful economy of space keeps everything within easy reach for...

Choosing A Desk

Produit Sothys

Putting a corner to practical use, this L-shaped modular si stem caters to every computer and office need. At center, opened drawer reveals a printer. Counter widens slightly to accommodate a desktop copying machine. Furniture design Eurodesign, Ltd. Like a child's construction toy, this amazing oak desk tilts, lifts, or lowers as you adjust its knob-and-pegboard frame. Furniture design Dean Santner Designs. Compact, U-shaped computer work center, available commercially, puts every office chore...

For Working Couples

Staircase separates her territory on the mezzanine from his down below. Each works within easy earshot of the other, yet each stays out of sight in this semiprivate arrangement. Furniture design Williams & Foltz. Twin desks meet face-to-face in this shared office that occupies one end of a master bedroom. The wall system dividing the space holds work supplies on the office side, clothing on the other. Design Ruth Soforenko Associates. Wraparound cabinetwork of bleached oak establishes the...

Workspaces

Updated rolltop desk, also shown on page 69. Updated rolltop desk, also shown on page 69. Lane Publishing Co. Menlo Park, California High-style files, also shown on page 75. High-style files, also shown on page 75. Developmental Editor Helen Sweetland Contributing Editors Susan Warton Geoff Alexander Don Vandervort Illustrations Bill Oetinger Rik Olson Mark Pechenik Photographers Clyde Childress, 26 Stephen Marley, 13 top, 29 Jack Mc Dowel I, 27, 28 bottom, 30 left, 31 left, 70 top, 72 bottom,...

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Seat and backrest should be adjustable for height and position, so small of back is supported as you shift posture while working. Keyboard position should be 24 to 27 inches high lower than standard desk height and adjustable for each user. The science of ergonomics is concerned with achieving the most comfortable working relationship possible between people and the machines they use. The guidelines above have been shown to ease strain during hours of intense concentration at a computer...