Buying furniture for your home office space can be a challenge. That’s why we’re sharing tips from our friends at Apartment Therapy from The Complete Guide on How to Buy Home Office Furniture!
Check out these tips below and don’t forget to share yours with us!
1. How Much Space You Have
Before making a purchase, take inventory of the square footage you’re working with. If you’re converting a spare bedroom into a home office, you’ll have a little more leniency as to the type and amount of furniture you can get. If your workspace is the edge of a dining table or a console propped between the sofa and a wall, you’ll want to maximize every square inch you have.
Pro tip: “One of the first things to consider when selecting home office furniture is how much your space will be used and what aesthetic you are going for,” says Decorist designer Casey Hardin, who recommends choosing a sit-to-stand desk so you have more flexibility and can stretch your legs while maximizing productivity.
2. How Many Hours You Work
The number of hours you generally work tends to inform the type of furniture you’ll need. For example, if you lean toward 40+ hours a week, a dedicated spot with a desk and chair is ideal. If you’re more of a sporadic or nomadic worker, consider a trolley cart that can move with you from one spot to another. Long hours tend to result in backaches, headaches, neck aches… you get the picture. The ergonomics of your chair, height of your desk, and lighting you’re working under will all eventually contribute to your productivity.
3. Your Personal Style
Once you have an idea of the number and type of items you’ll need, focusing on your personal style will help narrow down the choices. These are popular themes:
- Modern:Streamlined forms, geometric shapes, and a minimalist approach
- Vintage: Wooden furniture, oversized table lamp, damask or old-school patterns
- Contemporary:Think modern with vintage touches—use of marble, glass, and polished metals
- Industrial: Wrought iron, reclaimed wood, exposed brick, and upcycled accents
- Glam: Elegant pieces, faux-fur textural layers, and rose gold or brass metals
- Traditional:Soft shapes, neutral upholstery, nailhead detailing, ornate built-ins
4. Your Budget
Lastly, think about how much you’re willing to spend on furnishing your home office. If you’re starting from scratch, a desk and chair are probably the most important elements, so set aside the majority of your budget for those. Lighting is the next essential—a combination of a task light and a more ambient source are ideal. If you still have budget left over, think about storage, organizational contraptions, and decor. A well-dressed workspace is a happy one!
It’s extremely important to ensure that you’re making a space that is easy to work in and that creates a positive space to get your work done.
We’re all working from home right now, and we love seeing our team be so productive with super amazing spaces!