Bookcases, Computer Armoires Let The Dining Room Do Double Duty

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The dining room: it's not just for dinner anymore. When you’re not serving dinner, your dining room can serve another purpose. Home Decorators Collection ( offers ideas for maximizing the function of this room by adding home office furniture such as a computer armoire and bookcases.

Making the most of limited space is challenging, especially when it comes to decorating with home office furniture. Many households don’t have a spare room to devote to a home office or library. In a crunch for space, people resort to plunking their computers and books on the dining room table. While a dining table might make an efficient work area, office clutter can be obtrusive and unattractive come mealtime. The dining room can do double duty with the right furnishings and Home Decorators Collection® is a great source for many practical solutions.

A computer armoire is a flexible, functional and fashionable way to organize home office needs. Turn an unused wall or recess in your dining room into an adaptable office with charming hide-away computer units. Many smart designs let you tuck away your supplies, file folders and paperwork behind beautiful wood doors. It's a wonderful answer for making the most of your dining area - perfect for busy families tackling homework and home finances or anyone working from the comfort of their own home.

Many computer armoires share the same basic elements, like a slide-out keyboard tray, cubbyholes or shelves for stationary, and doors that fold back out of the way against the side of the piece. Of course not everyone has the same preferences, so Home Decorators Collection has assorted families of furniture to fit varying home décor, from the clean lines of Craftsman and Mission-style Collections to the more elegant style of the Dartmouth designs. The Dartmouth Wide Computer Armoire features a flip-down, secretary-style desktop for greater work surface as well as generous storage space below.

Turn the dining room into a library by adding bookcases. Rows of books make an impressive backdrop and encourage interesting dinner conversation. As excellent space savers, not only do bookshelves provide premium storage space for books, but they also offer a handsome setting for china, crystal and other curios. Numerous styles are available in several options to fit differing demands of space and taste. Home Decorators Collection offers a wide range of styles that blend with many types of décor. Most designs, such as the grand Louis Phillipe-style and the Shaker-inspired Hawthorne Bookshelves, incorporate adjustable shelving and storage drawers. Choose a piece with glass doors to reduce the amount of dust and protect your valuables from toddlers or pets. If minimalism is desired, then the versatile West End Bookcase offers maximum function and sleek style with a minimum of details. The Ladder Corner Shelving Unit features an uncomplicated design and makes use of an otherwise unused corner.

Home Decorators Collection is one of the nation’s largest direct sellers of merchandise for the home. In addition to catalog and website, it has retail stores in St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. For further information, visit or call 1-800-245-2217 for a free catalog.


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