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Look at the images in lifestyle ads, and you’d think working from home meant sitting cross-legged on a bed with a laptop, a coffee, a cat and an inexplicably large grin. Anyone who’s regularly worked from home will know that it’s unrealistic, not to mention an ergonomic timebomb. There’s a growing trend among employers to allow more staff to work from home at least a few days a week, and in this digital age, many of us are setting up our own businesses but don’t need the overheads of office space to contend with.
With all this considered, isn’t it time you made your home office into a permanent fixture and stopped just getting by? We’ve got a wonderful range of office furniture that will help keep you comfortable and productive, whether you want your home office to look like an actual office or prefer the more homely feel.
The most important parts are probably the chair and the desk. As you might be spending many hours a day using them, they have to be absolutely perfect, both ergonomically and visually. Smaller homes might need their office furniture to double up as having domestic purposes too, as it’s often too much to expect to have a room devoted to work. Oftentimes it’s not a room at all, but a corner, or a table. We’ve got chairs and desks that will help you to make your home office a practical reality.
A standard office chair is always popular, fully adjustable for maximum comfort over long periods at the desk. But you might want something a little plusher, and our reclining swivel chairs with matching footstools are perfect for taking five between sessions – comfy, supportive and pretty homely, too. Just perfect as home office furniture.
Your desk is as simple or as complex as you need. If you just use a laptop, a simple table might suffice, with a bit of extra storage for your paperwork. If your work involves more equipment, a larger desk with drawers, monitor stand and shelving might be necessary – we’ve got both types and everything in between.
Bookcases and office shelving are also really handy things to have next to your home office desk. These things are often overlooked in this digital age when paperwork and even books might have fallen into disuse in many offices. But we often forget how vital it is to have books, journals and files to refer to in our professional lives. A good bookcase or shelving unit will keep everything in place, and you can, of course, liven the office up a bit by putting a few ornaments, plants and photos on them. It’s time to take home working seriously.