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Group Computing is Office Furniture Trend

Want to know what family togetherness looks like in 2011?

Husband surfs the internet while wife sorts through files and pays bills. Middle schooler does homework on the computer while Mom helps. Dad and son review an online college application together.

Cherry Creek Partner's Desk

Based on your input in Hooker Furniture’s recent “Dream Home Office” contest and iPad giveaway, you are looking for home office furnishings to accommodate more than one person computing or working. You also asked for home office furniture desks, hutches and bookcases to organize supplies, cords & books and for PLENTY of places to store and charge multiple portable electronics.

“Partner’s desks are a huge trend right now,” said Stephanie Gee, who is the winner of our iPad giveaway. “People are looking for home office solutions for families to go in family rooms or bonus rooms. Today’s hobby rooms have multiple work stations.” Many thanks to Stephanie and to all of you who gave us your ideas on the kinds of functions, features and styles you’re looking for in your dream home office! Our merchandising and design department is studying your ideas as we speak.

Stephanie is a senior designer for BUILDERSDESIGN in Gaithersburg, Md. and helps decorate and furnish model homes for builders in cities up and down the East Coast as well as in the Midwest. As for home office style, Stephanie said that she loves the “driftwood” looks and European influence of Hooker Furniture’s Sanctuary collection and would like to see that same look  in home office furniture but with cleaner lines, lighter finishes and less distressing. She also would like to see more modular workstations like Cherry Creek in a lighter finish and more transitional styling that would “mix and match with many different styles,” or perhaps even in an Arts & Crafts style version.

Here are some of your other home office feature ideas:

• A built-in fire safe

• A hutch with slots for standing up file folders

• Multiple printer stands in the same work station for 2-3 printers

• A pull-out printer shelf with paper storage

• Credenza or hutch to accommodate a TV, along with computer

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