Your home office is a place for work, but that doesn’t mean it has to be as lifeless as a new cubicle. Nor should your office act as a room-sized closet that’s cluttered with everything that doesn’t fit anywhere else in your house.
You should respect your home office enough to make it an inviting space that inspires you to do your best work. With the five essential pieces below, you can turn even the most dreary home office into a place where it’s a pleasure to do what needs to be done.
It all starts with a desk, the cornerstone of any home office. The ideal desk has just enough drawer space for the tools you need for work, but not so much that you’ll be tempted to cram it full of odds and ends that will only act as distractions.
This desk from Bush Furniture fits the bill exactly. It has a modern, minimalist design that’s both simple and obvious. The top drawer is perfect for storing your office basics, like pens and Post-Its, and the larger cabinet can house a PC tower or a printer. You won’t find any complex cubbies or wonky moving parts here. Just a simple work space. Buy one now.
Some people overlook the importance of a good desk chair. Don’t be like those people. Whether you work from home full time or you spend a few hours at your desk here and there, you’ll want a chair that looks great while offering plenty of support for sustained use.
This manager’s chair does the trick beautifully. It also happens to be a chair that buyers love in droves — just check out the customer reviews on Amazon. With a padded Eco leather seat and a mesh back, you’ll be sitting comfortably for as long as you need, without the heat buildup of a padded-back chair. Not to mention that it rolls around and tilts with a silky smoothness. Buy one here now to get over 60% off.
3. Filing Cabinet
Sure, you could go out and buy a cheap metal filing cabinet, but the only thing it’ll do for the style of your office is detract from it. Instead, choose a lateral wooden cabinet like this one from Sauder.
With its estate black wood finish and tasteful drawer pulls, it looks how all office furniture should look—like a fine piece of furniture that would look great in any room. Visitors might even mistake it for a dresser. But it works like any other filing cabinet, holding both letter and legal sized files in both drawers. Buy it here.
The business world is growing more digital by the day, but that doesn’t mean real books are dead. Whether you keep a reference library or a selection of classics on hand for inspiration, it never hurts to have some extra shelf space. And since your desk is primarily dedicated to work matters, it’s nice to have a little room for family photos and knickknacks.
This tall, slim bookcase from South Shore works great. It has a small footprint, so it won’t take up much space in your office, but the five shelves can hold a surprising number of books, plus whatever else you want to put on display. Buy one here.
You don’t always need to be at your desk when you’re in your office. Maybe you’re struggling to crack a tough work problem or you just need to give your eyes a break from the computer screen. In any case, it’s useful to have an oasis away from your workspace, where you can rest and figure out whatever is keeping you from progressing.
This recliner from Flash Furniture is up to the task. It’s an overstuffed padded chair that lets you lean back luxuriously and rest your feet on the included ottoman. As comfy as the recliner is, it doesn’t take up as much space as a fully-stuffed living room chair would, and it won’t look out of place with the rest of the furniture in your office. Buy one here.
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