General Comments: Key to proper selection of office furniture for either commercial or home offices is to “measure your space” and note where windows, doors, closets, columns, phone/data lines are located. For home offices, measure your doorways(jam to jam) to make sure what will fit through your interior doorways. Typical desk height is 29-30”h, so the doorway has to be wider than the height of the desk.
Credenza: A storage unit normally 20-24”deep, typically used behind a desk for an additional work surface or storage. Varieties include kneespace credenzas, computer credenzas, storage credenzas, lateral file credenzas, etc. Most credenzas are designed with a matching hutch, and are designed to be placed against a wall. Many credenzas have a back which is not finished or stained.
Desk: Worksurface typically with double-pedestals. There are many varieties and sizes of desks, table desks, executive desks, corner desks, peninsula desks, bullet tables, “P” tables, as well as “L”desks, “U” groups, etc..
Hutch: A separate vertical storage piece designed typically to sit on top of a credenza, desk or desk/return, providing additional display or storage space.
Lateral File: Lateral files are typically only 18-24” deep, are 30”, 36, 42” wide, and can be 2-5 drawers high. Advantages of lateral files is their drawers do not extend out into the room as far as a vertical file. Lateral files can be made of wood, metal or laminate materials. Different grades of files exist for commercial use or occasional(light use).
Pedestal: Storage components designed to fit underneath a desk or work-surface, available in a variety of different configurations.
Vertical File: Vertical files are typically 25-28.5” deep, and are available in 2-5 drawers, in both letter and legal widths. . Different grades of files exist for commercial use or occasional(light use), some have ball bearing suspensions and others have nylon rollers. Available in wood, metal or laminate materials.
Veneer Furniture: Furniture made with thin sheets of wood glued to a substrate, that produces a high quality smooth surface. Veneer’s can be made of cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak, etc. and stained in various shades/colors.
High Pressure Laminate Furniture: Furniture made by impregnating a Kraft paper with resins/crosslinkers, overlaid with a wood grain or solid color paper, and a outer protective sheet. The materials are cured under heat and pressure to create a scratch and abrasion resistant surface.
KD Furniture: Knocked-down, also known as ready to assemble(RTA), furniture which comes unassembled to minimize shipping and warehousing space and expense. Requires assembly to be able to use the furniture.
Ergonomic Chairs: Chairs with extensive adjustability to allow maximum comfort and support, while reducing user’s fatigue.
Executive Chair: A chair that has fixed arms which are designed for executive, conference room or general seating. Arms are typically mounted to the back and bottom of the seat-but are not adjustable. Executive chairs can be leather, fabric, mesh as well as traditional, transitional or contemporary in style.
Side Chair: Chair designed for guest seating in a office, waiting or reception area that is not on casters.
Task Chair: A chair that is designed to be adjustable, with arms that can be raised and lowered, as well as a number of other features depending on the chair design. Task chairs are designed for doing repetitive tasks such as computer work, etc. to enhance individual comfort and fit. Typically has a star base with 5 casters. Arms are attached to the seat and/or the back of the chair, but adjustable.
Common Office Configurations
Desk/credenza/hutch: Common executive office configuration is a desk with chair, and a credenza, hutch placed against the wall.
“L” desk configuration: A “L” desk unit consists of a front desk section, with a connecting return piece attached to the left or right side of the desk.
“U” Group: A desk and credenza unit connected on one side by a “bridge”, forming a “U” shaped layout. Can be either a right or left handed “U” group.
Workstations/Cubicles/Panel Systems: Modular systems furniture consisting of fabric covered panels connected together to create a work area with various heights, sizes, and configurations for different functions such as: reception, customer service, telemarketing, project team, call centers, and manager layouts.