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With the increasing popularity of telecommuting and self-employment comes a greater need for home office furniture. A home office no longer consists of a student computer desk and task chair tucked away in the corner of a den. Today's at-home workers often require the same functionality and durability of traditional office furniture. Home office furniture can run the gamut from computer desks and chairs to filing cabinets and drafting tables. Fax machines, photocopiers, telephones and other office equipment may require additional home office furniture for purposes of organization.

The first question an at-home worker should ask before investing in home office furniture is the level of professionalism sought. Some telecommuters and work-at-home practitioners really don't need much more than a functional computer desk and a quality task chair. Department stores may offer decent workstations and office chairs at a fraction of the cost of professional office suppliers. If your home office furniture needs are simple, with no clients to serve or professional appearance to maintain, then a trip to the local department store may suit your budget. If you anticipate entertaining clients or functioning as a home-based business, you may want to consider upgrading.