Computer Roll Top Desk

A solid wood computer roll top desk is a marriage of twenty-first century efficiency and Old World craftsmanship. Since the early 1900s, these kinds of furnishings have earned a reputation for being hardworking office accessories for busy secretaries and bookkeepers decades. During the turn of the 19th century, the regular pedestal desk was redesigned with the addition of a hutch covered with wooden slats that could be raised and lowered horizontally, much like Venetian blinds. Inside the hutch, manufacturers constructed drawers and cubby holes which could be used to file away letters or small accessories. As an all-encompassing work station for administrative assistants and accountants, roll top desks became a permanent fixture in most offices. However, in the early twentieth century, steel desks and file cabinets took center stage and roll tops became pretty much obsolete.

Today, 19th century furnishings are making a comeback in homes and businesses of those who prefer a more traditional decor. A perfect place to park a high-tech computer, file paperwork, and organize mail; today's updated versions of roll top desks are built to last and superbly constructed with attention to detail. Old World craftsmanship includes dovetail drawers with solid wood grommets, solid hardwood drawer pulls and cubby holes that won't droop, bend, or come apart after years of use. Computer roll top desks include pull-out keyboard drawers and printer stands engineered to glide smoothly for easy access. Some models include room for recessed monitors which frees up desktop space. Two-pedestal models are sturdy enough to endure prolonged use and contain filing cabinet features or doors for optional storage. To complete a traditional or classic decor, solid wood units come stained in cherry, oak, or maple. Just as adding a single piece completes a room, adding Christ to our lives enables us to become spiritually complete in Him. "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:9-10).

The most impressive and efficient feature of a solid wood computer roll top desk is the ability to neatly close off the work area and secure important papers under lock and key. Busy work-at-home professionals or business executives don't have to worry about leaving confidential papers or accounting documents around for curious eyes or identity thieves. The design enables users to simply lower the wooden slats while running errands or taking a lunch break and return to pick up where they left off, without turning off the PC. Clutter casualties can easily be avoided and when unexpected company comes, the top can be closed to present a clean appearance in a guest room or home office that is open to the public. Sturdy file drawers are usually letter-sized, but models can usually be ordered with lateral filing systems for an additional fee.

A high-quality hand-crafted computer roll top desk may be available in several finishes, including walnut, cherry, and maple stained quarter-sawn white or red oak or hickory. The beauty of hardwoods is that as furnishings get worn and scratched, they can easily be sanded, re-stained, or painted, especially if owners opt for a change of decor. Desks placed in a room that does double duty for overnight guests or baby's nursery can be painted to match any design. If Mom and Dad are short on space and need to use a corner of the nursery as a home office, a PC desk can be painted to coordinate with the room's colors. Solid woods accommodate the newer non-toxic paints and the roll top keeps little hands away from the PC or paperwork. Students may prefer to purchase an unfinished computer roll top desk and paint it in their school colors, or decorate with hand-painted or stenciled flowers in a cool one-of-a-kind design. Purchasing and painting or staining unfinished pieces is much easier than tackling removing existing stains and polyurethane finishes. Hiring a woodworker or soliciting an extra set of hands to help sand existing natural wood grain finishes is a good idea before attempting to refurbish.

The versatility of a computer roll top desk enables homemakers, students, and business professionals to utilize the unit in unique ways. While 19th century bookkeepers and secretaries and twenty-first century accountants may prefer to use the piece as a compact workstation; hobbyists, artists, and craftspeople may find different ways of making the most of a computer roll top desk. Nearly everyone uses a home or office PC, but hobbyists can store supplies, such as glue guns, stencils, or small tools in the cubby holes. Busy freelance artists and graphic designers may file away customer data in the pedestal cabinets, but use other compartments to house art supplies, inks, handmade papers, or photographs. Cubbies, nooks and crannies are the perfect place to keep CDs organized or pigeonhole reference books. Interior designers, or people who knit, sew, or work in textile design will love office furniture that enables them to surf the Internet for new ideas while keeping fabric samples, swatches, paint chips within reach.

No matter how one chooses to use a computer roll top desk, it is important to get a model that is well constructed and designed for durability. High-end units can be pricey, but in the long run, investing money in furnishings that will endure the knocks and bumps of everyday life will prove cost-effective. Consumers should shop online for the widest selection and to compare prices. Web-based vendors offer traditional Amish and Mission crafted furnishings, along with mass-produced units, which will be less expensive. Purchasing solid wood furnishings, even if unfinished, is a better buy than spending cash on poorly constructed veneers with shoddy fasteners and substandard fittings. An extra dollar spent today could result in a valuable collector's item on tomorrow's market.

School Computer Lab Furniture

When purchasing computer training furniture, the buyer needs to consider several factors to ensure that a good decision is made before a contract with a vendor is signed. Though everyone should have proper equipment, this is especially important for the young and growing bodies of children. Educational institutions have a responsibility to the students to provide school computer lab furniture that relieves stress on the body's musculoskeletal system. The field of study that analyzes such stresses and seeks methods of relieving them is called ergonomics. Purchasers, either for institutions, offices, or the home, should have a basic understanding of ergonomics so that wise decisions are made when buying computer desks and chairs. Considering the amount of time that is spent in front of a monitor, by adults and children alike, this is not the place to skimp just to save a few dollars.

When designing a computer lab, the general layout needs to be determined. This can be accomplished by creating a floor plan and scale models of desks and chairs. The designer will need to know the number of workstations that are required and how they should be arranged in the available space. Once these questions are decided, it may be necessary to have an electrician put in additional outlets in places where the equipment can be easily plugged in. This is important so that the electrical cords don't become a safety hazard. Many options are available for the designer to consider. The workstations can be placed around the perimeter of a space, allowing an instructor to easily oversee each student. Or the workstations can be placed in a classroom-type arrangement where each desk faces the front of the room. Cluster-type desks offer an additional option to consider. These desks, usually four, are like pieces of a pie fitted together to form a circle.

An educational institution must take into consideration the ages and general sizes of the students who will be using the new school computer lab furniture. Elementary school children should be equipped with desks and chairs that are designed for their small bodies. A high school lab may need to provide adjustable tables and chairs to accommodate both the petite freshmen cheerleader and the senior running back. Each one of these students and all of their classmates should be educated as to the basic ergonomic principles and encouraged to adjust the computer training furniture to meet their particular needs. The ergonomic principles provide specifics on posture, lighting, placement of the equipment, and the need for regular breaks from the screen. One danger of lengthy time in front of a monitor and keyboard is injury from the repetitive typing motions. If the keyboard is not at a proper angle to the body, physical stress is placed on the wrist, lower arms, shoulders, and neck. In some cases, this can lead to a wrist injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This painful condition sometimes requires surgery to correct. Christians are encouraged to take care of their bodies. The apostle Paul wrote: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Perhaps the foremost ergonomic suggestion is for the person to utilize computer training furniture designed to maintain good posture. This means that the chair is at a height where the feet can be placed flat on the floor. The seat should be cushioned and is should not be so large that the backs of the knees hit the front of the chair. The back of the chair should provide extra support to the person's lumbar, or lower back, region. Ergonomic principles also suggest that the keyboard be placed on a surface that is lower than the user's elbows. In this way, the wrists and fingers are also lower than the elbows, at a slight decline, which reduces the stress of holding the wrists higher than the elbows. Though many tables are designed to hold the monitor, keyboard, and mouse on the same surface, ergonomic school computer lab furniture will consist of split-level tables with a lower surface for the keyboard and mouse and a higher surface for the monitor.
The mouse needs to be close to the keyboard so that it can be reached without undue stretching. The monitor should be placed on a higher surface than the keyboard so that the screen can be seen without bending the neck forward or looking downward toward the screen. Proper lighting is needed to avoid glare which can lead to eyestrain.

Within the first weeks of school, students can be taught how to adjust their chairs to provide optimum posture while doing computer work. Colorful posters in the classroom or computer lab can show pictures of students working at desks, some with good posture and others with poor posture. The posters will encourage the children to adjust the equipment properly rather than to slouch in their seats or to have to stretch to reach the keyboard. Teachers should be on the lookout, especially with younger children, for those who are having a hard time making the needed adjustments.

Without a doubt, the most important consideration when purchasing school computer lab furniture is choosing desks and chairs that fit the students that will be using them. And these children need to know that they have permission to adjust their chairs so that they can have good posture and follow good ergonomic principles while using the workstation. Adults also need to use computer training furniture that is designed to encourage good posture and relief stress on the body's musculoskeletal system. The physical stress of repetitive motions can be alleviated by following sound ergonomic principles regarding posture, the placement of equipment, and good lighting.

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