Furniture:Our Most Comfortable Friend and Ally

Homes have all the fun. On TV, in magazines, in the big box retail stores, home design household furnishings so dominate the living-space market and the popular imagination that it sometimes is easy to forget that there is a wide world of office furniture that is every bit as dynamic. After all, how much time do we spend at home, anyway? After accounting for sleep and an eight-hour work day, it would seem that there are only a few sparse hours in the morning and evening when we are really utilizing our homes. In any case, very little that is productive happens there; that is what distinguishes the home from the office. Indeed, for many Americans, it is the office that is the true living space. It is in the office that we make our coffee, maybe accompanied by a freshly microwaved breakfast burrito. It is in the office that we see the goings-on of the outside world, either out the window or through a computer screen. It is in the office that we form alliances, make enemies and live through our greatest personal triumphs and failures. We dream our dreams and hope our hopes there, and if those dreams and hopes die, it is in the office that they are buried.

Furniture: Our Friend and Ally

It is only right, then, that as we build our lives in the office we surround ourselves with the physical equipment necessary for that building: furniture. We sit in chairs and write on desks, search through filing cabinets and put binders of reports on bookshelves and in cabinets. Every day, we share our working lives with our furniture, and in so doing form a bond with it that approaches the sacred. Without our furniture, we could not work; without work, what would we do? The importance of furniture is trumpeted from cubicles worldwide. Read here the manifesto of an office cupboard aficionado:

Just as an intrepid soldier on the ancient battlefields of Rome would carefully hone his sword before battle, the industrious office worker must carefully and meticulously select only the finest furniture for his or her office. If well chosen, furniture will become a long-lasting office friend and ally, probably outlasting our generally tenuous human relationships. A quality piece of HON office furniture, for example, will stay with you even after your best friend has sold out and moved to the corner office with a locking door and a window.

Office supplies, too, should not be underestimated. Try to imagine, if you can, life without the following:`

  • Staplers: For affixing one piece of paper to another.
  • Paper clips: For affixing one piece of paper to another when the stapler is jammed.
  • Pens: For those rare occasions when actual physical writing, not typing, is required.
  • White-Out: For when it shows that you are out of practice with actual physical writing.

Clearly, life without these basic tools would be an unnecessary uphill battle. Do yourself a favor: make office life worth living with quality office furniture.
Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about furniture. You can learn more about office furniture at