If you live a small space, or need to have your computer in a common area such as the living room, it's nice to be able to close it up and forget about it when you're not working. Lots of commercially designed computer cabinets address this issue by offering large armoires with doors for concealing computers. Having a comfortable and efficient work station is just as important as being able to conceal the computer. Design a computer cabinet with utility in mind.
Choose a design that will complement the decor of the room the cabinet will be used in. Design elements include the material used, and the color and the decoration of the exterior. Both freestanding and built-in computer cabinets should have doors.2
Make sure the desktop is at least 30 inches deep so the monitor can be the right distance from the user. Add a keyboard tray that's below the height of your elbows when you're seated. Make sure there's room under the keyboard tray for a chair.3
Install a shelf so that the monitor can be set directly at eye level. When designing the shelf, keep in mind that the desk chair and keyboard should align with the monitor.4
Cut holes in the back of the computer cabinet so that wires can go directly to a power supply with a surge protector behind the unit rather than snaking around the interior.5
Design a file drawer on wheels that can be rolled out for extra surface space. When not in use, it should roll into the cabinet and be hidden by the doors.6
Put a low shelf on one side for the computer tower. Add several drawers and cubbyholes to the design. Use every inch of available space for storage, but keep the desktop clear of obstructions. Add one large shelf for peripherals such as printers and fax machines.7
Provide indirect illumination with an adjustable lamp or built-in lighting. Choose a lamp that uses energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs.