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A well designed home office provides many benefits, the least of which is organization and increased productivity. Even a part time user deserves the health benefits of an ergonomic task chair, articulating keyboard tray and adjustable monitor arm.


The list of new terms can be a bit daunting at first, but with a quick read over the names of these products, you will sound like a pro in no time at all!

  • Worksurface – the top working space of your desk, usually 30″ high
  • Full Modesty panel – the panel of wood in front of your desk that hides your knees from sight.  Especially important for ladies in short skirts!
  • 1/2 Modesty panel – this panel is only half way to the floor in front of your desk.  Your shoes and ankles will be visible from the front
  • Gable – this is the side panel that supports the worksurface
  • Profile – this is the edge detail that can be routered into solid wood
  • Grommet – a hole cut in your worksurface to allow the wires to pass through from the wall outlet to your devices, usually with a plastic fitment
  • Box/Box drawer – this is the 6″ drawer that holds your pens and pencils in a pedestal, usually at the top of the unit
  • File drawer – this is the drawer that holds your hanging file folders, usually at the bottom of the pedestal
  • Bridge or Return – this is the part of the desk that extends in another direction from the main worksurface
  • Credenza – this is the long storage cabinet at the back of your desk, mostly with cupboard doors and is the same height as your desk at 30″ high
  • Articulating Keyboard Tray – a tray mounted under your worksurface that allows you to move your keyboard tray up and down for comfort
  • Monitor Arm – a post with attachments for your Monitor that allows you to move it up and down, or to add multiple Monitors to your work area
  • Ergonomic Task Chair – a chair that adjusts to your body and allows you to work comfortably at your computer
  • Overhead Storage – a cupboard that is attached to your wall, over your desk or credenza, that can have a task light mounted underneath
  • Hutch – a cupboard that is supported by Gables and sits on your desk or credenza
  • Tackboard – a fabric covered board that allows the user to tack notes, pictures or papers for easy viewing.
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