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Just to be more clear. I recently spent on a decent office chair from Staples and a wide office desk from Ikea, which really allowed me to work productively for long hours from home. I also have got 2 wide screen monitors that really span across my table, and helped my productivity (though it might be subjective). Another example of things that can indirectly affecting productivity could be a good bed - helps you sleep well but indirectly affects thee quality and productivity of work during the day.

What can be other furniture or 'things' that can aid people work productively?

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You should ask about either workspace or living space things/furniture in one question, and the rest in another. Otherwise, this will just turn into a long list with every answer being equally valid. –  AsheeshR Aug 3 '13 at 2:22
    
one word - ergonomics –  Raystafarian Aug 5 '13 at 0:46
    
#1: A big desk. –  Gaʀʀʏ Aug 5 '13 at 21:49

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Having a great lighting system. A little too bright or a little too dim can dramatically hamper your productivity. Again this is subjective so I would not comment on "how much" lighting you need. But test and tweak!

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Setting up a good filing system has helped me enormously. Having a place, digital or paper, for everything to go means no loose scraps of paper laying around. It also helps you decide what you can safely throw out.

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I'm a fan of a cold room to stay focused [college student], so fans and a/c if it's hot.

Like @aszekely said, light is huge. It keeps you awake and focused. So a good light helps.

Large desk - sounds like you already have that covered

A side table for supplies [pens, pencils, etc.]. Keep the area infront of you as clean as possible. Keeps you focused and ontask

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