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Taking a break from the world headquarters, one of my client's significant other needed to convert a room into a work space for telecommuting. I have mentioned before that most computer furniture sucks. We needed to create a large flat space that would allow for the two phones, answering machine, laptop, docking station, monitor, printers and would be at a comfortable height as she is below the norm in height.

The solution was a custom application of off the shelf countertop and custom brackets. The countertop was a standard 'bullnose' top. This elimnates the chipping problem that a standard dropnose counter has when you slide the chair back and forth. A bullnose top has the laminate wrapping around the top face and around the bottom. This is a little more expensive in front but has a much longer life and durability.

Commercial and Residential countertops assume that they will be resting on cabinets. In order to have maximum clearence, a custom bracket made more sense. These brackets were made with 3/4'' Plywood with strips at the back for screwing into the studs in the walls and a strip at the top surface to screw the top to the bracket. They also have an 1.5'' hole at the back to act as a raceway for the cables and phone lines.

Top Brackets

The large brackets are 20'' deep to support the ends of the counter. These large brackets were also placed inside to support the inside corner where the two counters meet. The small brackets are only 10'' deep to allow for knee space.

Finished top with gromments

We were able to place the finish counter height at 28'' which allows sitting with the feet firmly touching the floor. A standard adjustable office chair with adjustable armrests will complete the ensemble


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