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Home Office Buying Guide

A home office can come in all shapes and sizes -- from a kneehole desk carved into a kitchen corner to a dedicated room that hums with fax machines and printers. Whichever form your office takes, it should be hardworking as well as decorative enough to complement your home. 

Types of Home Office Furnishings

Types of Home Office Furnishings

Though the work undertaken in a home office sometimes amounts to drudgery, furnishing the space doesn’t need to match. Every office need -- from equipment to supplies to supportive furniture -- has a resolution, often found in one trip to a big-box office store. If there isn’t such a store in your area, online shops provide everything and ship to your doorstep. After that, however, assembly and setup falls on you. Some or all of the following home office items can go on your list. We discuss accessories, office desks, and office storage more deeply in separate buying guides.

Accessories

A number of items are optional but nice to have in a home office. Bookends keep shelves tidy. If you meet with clients in your home office, business-card holders display cards professionally and accessibly. Desktop organizers attractively corral supplies, such as pens and paper clips. Lap desks make casual work more comfortable. Pencil holders contain necessary tools, including writing instruments, scissors, and mail openers.

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MacKenzie-Childs
$53.90 $84.00
at Horchow

Note caddy includes a 3"Sq. notepad (additional pads sold separately). Pen cup and note caddy have acrylic feet. From MacKenzie-Ch...ilds®. Variations are due to handcrafting. Imported. read more

Horchow

Beautifully crafted desk accessories add a tailored touch to office organization.Handcrafted of wood and leather.Hand polished.Let...ter rack, 10"W x 6"D x 6.25"T.Pen cup, 4.25"Dia. x 3.25"T.Blotter, 25.6"W x 18.9"T.Imported. read more

Lipper
$12.99 $14.99
at Casa

This Lipper International Bamboo Expandable Pencil Holder is a great gift item! The holder expands when you need to hold more item...s, and then will close up to look neater on your counter or desk. It is such a beautiful holder with the cherry wood that you can keep it right on your kitchen counter for all to see! Product Measures: 4.2 wide by 7.5 long by 4 tall/deepFeatures:Attractive storage box for pencils, pens, scissors, and other desk tools Crafted from bamboo for fresh looks and less environmental impact Expandable design accommodates multiple users and big projects The holder expands to 11.8 when open. Material: BambooCare Instructions: Wash with mild soap and water Weight: 0lb Sustainable Materials: 100% bamboo Bamboo: A fast-growing plant that grows at the same rate or faster than the rate at which it?s harvested. read more

Spectrum
$13.95
at Casa

Organize your books in style with these innovative Arch Bookends. They are made of metal. Attractive alternatives for your desktop... organizing and more. Spectrum is a company that does the small stuff great. Their items are made of better plastics, heavier steel, thicker powder coating, and stronger castings. ?Dimensions: Measures 4.5 wide by 5 long by 6.1tall ?Attractive arch style ?Great addition to your bookshelves ?Attractive alternatives for your desktop organizing and more ?Black Finish read more

Bookcases

Use bookcases to hold manuals, books, magazines, and even files in an open and accessible way. Incredibly helpful, bookcases come in basic ready-to-assemble versions and elaborate customized built-in systems.

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South Shore

Organize your books, video games, movies and more in this South Shore SoHo Collection Black 2-Shelf Bookcase/Media Storage. This b...ookcase provides multiple functions and gives any room a classic, modern look. It also features three wide shelves and one drawer, offering extra storage for items such as remote controllers and video game systems. The drawer has a metal handle in a brushed nickel finish attached to it. This also creates an appealing contrast against the black color of this black narrow bookcase. A small hole in the back of the bottom shelf allows for better wire management. You can also put this in your bedroom as a nightstand. read more

Ameriwood
$166.49 $184.99
at Overstock.com

Add interest to any space with this one-of-a-kind storage bookcase from Altra Furniture. Featuring three drawers and one cabinet d...oor, each finished in a different earthy hue, the Altra Storage Bookcase is a great way to add style and convenient storage space to any room in your home. Two upper shelves offer space for books, picture frames and decorative accents. The three bottom drawers and cabinet door offer extra room for nicknacks, gaming accessories and miscellaneous items. The bookcase is perfect for a living room, den or office. In kids rooms, its great for storing toys, games or even clothes. Plus, your child will love helping customize the knobs and handles. Materials: MDF, laminate Colors: White laminate chassis with multi-wood grain finishes on the door fronts Interchangeable knobs Three 3 storage drawers Adjustable shelf behind the cabinet door Two 2 open storage shelves Dimensions: 57.09 inches high x 30 inches wide x 12.99 inches deep Upper Storage shelves weight capacity: 30 pounds per shelf Inside Cabinet shelf weight capacity: 15 pounds Drawer Weight Capacity: 10 pounds Assembly Required read more

Simpli Home
$299.99 $399.99
at Homeclick

The Artisan 9 Cube Storage Unit allows you to store everything neat and tidy in this attractive unit. This graceful simple design ...offers visual charm along with function, durability and plenty of storage and display room. Cube storage is one of the most popular ways to store and display books and mementos in your home. The Artisan Collection brings contemporary elegance to any home with clean edged table top, tapered legs and rectangular bronzed knobs. The collection is made from plantation-grown pine that is finished with a medium brown auburn stain and durable lacquer top coat. Key Features Solid wood construction Medium brown auburn brown stain finish with protective NC lacquer finish Clean angle edged table top with distinct contemporary look Nine cube storage cubbies for books, photos or nicknacks Versatile and multi-functional read more

Coaster Furniture
$884.45 $1,805.00
at Homeclick

The Nicolas collection will help you create a rich traditional style in your home office. These pieces feature an elegant two tone... finish, with dark cases and warm medium dark tops and accents, bringing out the intricate detailing of this group. Floral carved trim, fluted mouldings, and classic molding trim create a sophisticated look that you will love. Spacious storage options abound, with a large bookcase and small bookcase unit that can be bunched to create a custom wall unit to fit your space. A unique oval executive desk and file cabinet complete this functional group, for an organized and stylish home work space that you will really love. The Nicolas collection is a great option if you are looking for Traditional furniture in the Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Arizona area. This elegant traditional bookcase unit will add stylish storage to your home office. The slim bookcase features rich details, including intricately carved floral trim, fluted molding, and a classic molding plinth base. The two tone finish blends rich dark wood with a warm medium dark color for a unique look that will add depth to your space. Three large shelves offer plenty of space to store books, and show off your favorite decorative accent items. Two lower doors open to reveal a spacious enclosed cabinet storage area. Use one, or bunch multiple bookcase units for a custom wall unit that fits your home office. Key Features Two-tone finish Detailed carvings Full extension drawer glides Wood solids and veneers Decorative hardware Durable Construction read more

Drafting Tables

These specialty desks are necessary tools for architects, interior designers, illustrators, builders, and engineers who work on large blueprints, drawings, or plans. The surface of a drafting table tilts up to a 45-degree angle, and you can also adjust the height of the table surface with a manual crank. Dimensions vary, and the table surface may be rectangular or square. Typically, the base is an open framework without drawers, though a drawer may tuck under the table surface.

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Martin Universal
$157.99 $183.99
at Hayneedle

Versatile compact table for Hobby or just studying White durable Melamine top Height adjusts from 26-305in and great for kids too ...Has 3 drawers on one side and foldable utility rack for additional storage on other side Table Height is 30intop tilts to 45-degrees Whats Included TableWhats Not Included Art suppliesDescription The Martin Ashley Creative White Hobby Table features an easy adjustable height and tilt top with boot guides to level it on irregular surfaces. Includes pencil trough for holding pencils etc. Accommodates any standard size chair or stool. Ready to assemble. Art materials show not included. read more

Alvin
$402.86 $413.00
at Hayneedle

What We Like About This Drafting Table Depending on your style or the decor of your room, you can choose between a white table bas...e or a black one. Either way, it is constructed from sturdy 1-squareinch, heavy-gauge steel tubing and can be adjusted in height. The Melamine tabletop has two sizes to choose from, both adjustable to 35 degrees easily from the front or back. read more

Alvin
$515.99 $539.00
at Hayneedle

48L x 36D top adjust from 0 to 25 degrees All-wood construction with polyurethane finish Built-in drawer and one-hand ratchet tilt... Minimal assembly required Dimensions: 48L x 36D x 33.5H inches Whats Included Drawing tableDescription Outfit your studio or art room with a true classic, the Alvin Vanguard 4-Post Wood Drawing Table. The perfect surface for drafting, drawing, arts and crafts, or any other kind of creative work, this table fits in at home, at the office, or in a dedicated studio. The expansive work surface table top easily adjusts from 0 to 25 degrees via a one-hand ratcheted tilt mechanism. Keep your workspace clean by storing supplies in the built-in storage drawer and on the adjustable 32-inch pencil ledge. Youll enjoy a stable work surface thanks to 2-inch square legs with floor levelers and extra bracing. This table is constructed entirely of eco-friendly rubberwood, a sustainable material that looks great and that you can feel good about. Stained in a versatile medium wood tone, it easily integrates into any room without distraction from your work. Complies with strict California emissions standards. About Alvin and Company Alvin and Company has been a leading source of drafting and drawing supplies since 1950, and it continues to meet the evolving needs of its customers with value and innovation. The ever-expanding range of Alvin products includes papercraft, fine arts, hobby and craft, drafting supplies, drafting tables, and more. Alvin serves todays needs - and tomorrows, too - for graphic arts, drafting, and fine arts products. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of its business, Alvin relies on its employees to create and develop opportunities that set it apart from the competition. read more

Flash Furniture

This Professional Drafting Table offers you a great looking table at an affordable price. The sleek frame finish provides a more m...odern appeal to fit into many environments. The work surface includes a ruler for convenient measurements when drawing out plans. Key Features Adjustable drafting table 0.75 Melamine laminate work surface Locking angle adjustable work surface Raised metric ruler along bottom edge Curved tray holds building plans, art work or supplies Lower supply tray for clean surface Height adjustable frame Pewter frame finish read more

File Cabinets

Once only for businesses, file cabinets serve as handy storage for homes as well. You can buy file cabinets with two to five drawers. Typically metal (though wood ones come with home office systems sold at furniture stores), file cabinets can be horizontal or lateral. Horizontal file cabinets tend to be deeper and files face forward when you pull open the drawer. Lateral files are wider and less deep; when you open the drawer the files may face to the side.

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Jesper
$599.00 $749.00
at Wayfair

Features: 300 Collection Chrome base Height adjustable feet Non scratch surface Ball barring extensions Durable work top Commercia...l grade With 1 file drawer and 1 utility drawer Manufacturer provides 5 years warranty Overall dimensions: 32" H x 32" W x 17" D read more

Jesper
$149.00 $186.00
at Wayfair

Features: File cabinet Tribeca collection Anti tilt Modern design Castors Fully assembled Full extension drawers Non scratch surfa...ce 1 File drawer and 2 utility drawers Overall dimensions: 24" H x 16" W x 21" D read more

Urbangreen
$743.79 $786.07
at Wayfair

The High Line File Cabinet is designed for functionality and simplicity. Mitered corners and solid aluminum legs blend with select... wood veneers for a crisp urban look. This piece is hand made by craftsmen following smart design techniques in shop in Brooklyn, New York, minimizing waste by efficient use of resources, therefore passing the manufacturer direct savings to you. Features: High Line collection Material: High quality real wood, solids and veneers free of formaldehyde glues Hand sanded and hand finished with high quality waterborne stains, paints and top coats Lowest VOC finishes 2 Drawers Not harmful for humans and pets Attention to detail, optimizing wood use Hand made by craftsmen following smart design techniques Can be purchased unfinished or finished as per color samples on each product page Made in the USA Sustainable, eco-friendly Drawers all run on top of the line steel. Drawer runners are under mount, concealed under the drawer, soft self closing, full extension heavy duty Tandem, Blumotion, guaranteeing superior function as well as looks Banging drawers shut is no longer an issue Drawers close discreetly and items inside stay in place Drawer interiors are deep, durable, and carefully joined. Drawer interiors are smooth wood surfaces, no roughness or saw dust. Dimensions: 30" H x 18" W x 20" D, 40 lbs read more

Winsome
$120.88
at Lowe's

Halifax Black 7-Drawer Filing Cabinet Create a work space by placing tabletop over 2 of 7-drawer carts for high table Optional loc...king casters to use them with or without casters for stationary or mobility storage If casters are used, there is a 2.16" clearance between floor and bottom of cart Features a multitude of drawers for easily accessible storage in your home office, kitchen, craft room, or a child's room read more

Office Chairs

As diverse as the people who sit in them, office chairs run the gamut from short to tall, narrow to wide, low to high. They also come in any material, from mesh to fabric to plastic to leather. You can even get chairs that recline or massage you while you work. Nearly all office chairs come on casters, so you can easily move under your desk or to reach other parts of your office as you sit in the chair.

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World Market

Why We Love It Office furniture hardly gets more handsome than our White Grant Office Chair. Its durable metal construction with ...white-toned vinyl arms, seat and back are reminiscent of classic Mid-Century design that's known for beauty and comfort. Height and tilt adjust easily for good ergonomic support. Plus, it looks so stylish you'll love it for a lifetime. What You Need To Know Crafted of metal with vinyl arms, seat and back Seat height adjustment 36"-40.75"H Tilt adjust easily for ergonomic support Assembly required Product Specifications 21.75"W x 22.75"D x 36"-40.75"H; 33 lbs. read more

Euro Style

Make a better business decision by investing in this modern and functional office chair. The adjustable chair features brown leath...erette and chromed steel for a look that speaks success. Materials: Leatherette, steel Finish: Chrome Upholstery materials: Leatherette Upholstery color: Brown Includes polyurethane caster wheels and leatherette arms Seat dimensions: 16-20.5 inches high adjustable Dimensions: 30-34.5 inches high adjustable x 23 inches wide x 23 inches deep Model number: 17622BRN Assembly required Please note: orders of 4 or more chairs will ship with a freight carrier, and are not traceable via UPS. Please allow 10 days before contacting Overstock.com regarding any freight carrier shipping concerns. California residents please note per Proposition 65, WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. read more

Euro Style

This comfortable office chair features a soft leatherette backrest and seat. A pneumatic height adjustment raises the seat from 16... inches to 20.5 inches high, while five caster wheels and a walnut veneer complete the design of this stylish office chair. Color: Black/walnut/chrome Finish: Walnut veneer Durable steel frame Soft leatherette backrest and seat Pneumatic height adjustment Wheels: Five 5 PU casters Arms: Chromed Seat height: 16-20.5 inches Adjustable height: 38-43 inches Dimensions: 36.5 inches high x 24 inches wide x 24 inches deep Model: 17229BLK Assembly required California residents please note per Proposition 65, WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. read more

Horchow
$1,259.00
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Handcrafted of top-grain leather, hardwood solids, and laminated lumber.Tufted back; brass nailhead trim.Five prong base with wood... caps over steel for safety.Pneumatic lift for seat height adjustment.Swivel/tilt mechanism for comfort; can be locked out.Brass casters for mobility.24.5"W x 31"D x 38"T; adjusts up to 40"T. Seat height, 19"T to 21"T. Arm height, 30"T to 33"T. read more

Office Desks

Office desks come in every style, from traditional to contemporary. They range from elaborate computer desks and tables to simple laptop stands. There are corner desks, which tuck into virtually any room. If you don’t plan to use your home office for computer work, consider classic writing desks, such as rolltops and secretaries.

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RTA Products
$149.99
at Target

Accent a distinctive decor with this stylish computer desk. It's made from wood composite in wood grain espresso finish. The frame... storage compartments and keyboard tray safety stops. Assembly is required. Cleaning and Dusting should be done with a water-based cleaner. Features: Fixed Shelf, Keyboard TrayFrame Material: Wood CompositeHardware Material: MetalWood Finish: EspressoSurface Material: LaminateFinish: TexturedMaximum Monitor Dimensions: 48.0 "Number of Compartments: 7Number of Drawers: 2 Number of Shelves: 5 Maximum Weight Capacity: 80.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp ClothDimensions: 30.0 " H x 48.0 " W x 22.0 " D Weight: 125.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly requiredsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall4 of 5 stars Style4.5 of 5 stars Quality4 of 5 stars Value4.5 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more

Sauder
$59.99
at Target

This computer desk provides an eye-catching solution for your small-space computing needs. This wood-composite desk is finished in... a deep cinnamon cherry. It a shelf and a drawer to help organize your computer equipment and office supplies. Accessories Included: Printer StandFrame Material: MDF CompositeHardware Material: MetalSurface Material: Paper VeneerWorking Space Dimensions: 39.61 " L x 19.45 " D Number of Compartments: 3Number of Doors: 1Number of Drawers: 0 Number of Shelves: 1 Safety and Security Features: Safety StopMaximum Weight Capacity: 50.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp ClothDimensions: 34.02 " H x 39.61 " W x 19.45 " D Weight: 58.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly requiredsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall4.5 of 5 stars Style4.5 of 5 stars Quality4 of 5 stars Value4.5 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more

Walker Edison
$125.99 $161.99
at Target

This X-Frame Glass and Metal Corner Computer Desk offers a sleek, modern design crafted from durable steel and thick, tempered saf...ety glass. The L-shape provides a corner wedge for space-saving needs. The unique X-frame creates a sleek design without compromising stability. Some assembly is required; tools are included. : Glass TopFrame Material: MetalHardware Material: SteelSurface Material: Tempered GlassFinish: Smooth, Powder-CoatedWorking Space Dimensions: 51.0 " L x 20.0 " D Maximum Weight Capacity: 100.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothDimensions: 29.0 " H x 51.0 " W x 20.0 " D Weight: 57.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly required, tools providedsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall5 of 5 stars Style5 of 5 stars Quality5 of 5 stars Value3.5 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more

Flash Furniture
$84.99
at Target

The Ecom Writing Desk in white has everything you need for the perfect personal writing space. With over 47 of workspace, you can ...spread out your paperwork and keep it in order. A lip across the top of the back edge will prevent your writing utensils from rolling off and adds a decorative touch. The attractive cross-leg design and clean lines will look great in any home office or den, and the laminate finish will stand up to years of use. Frame Material: MetalSurface Material: LaminateFinish: LaminatedWorking Space Dimensions: 47.25 " L x 23.63 " D Maximum Weight Capacity: 165.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothDimensions: 31.5 " H x 47.25 " W x 23.63 " D Weight: 38.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly requiredsee shipping and returnsreview this item read more

Office Storage

A key component in any home office is storage. Every home is overrun with paperwork and some must be stored safely for years. In any home office, you need to factor in file storage, even if it’s just in a plastic tub that slides under your desk. Beyond that, you need containers for supplies, such as printer paper, ink, pens, and staples. Storage may be built into the desk you choose, or you may want a separate drawer system, bookcase, or a cabinet called a credenza.

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Black and Decker

Complement your home or office decor with this Black and Decker wide multipurpose alder storage cabinet with frosted panel doors. ...This storage cabinet features that include three adjustable and two fixed shelves. Manufacturer: Black and Decker Materials: Engineered wood with high quality laminate, and metal hardware Finish: Alder laminate Hardware finish: Chrome Wide storage cabinet with frosted doors Dimensions: 72.25 inches high x 35.625 inches wide x 16 inches deep Assembly required read more

Seville Classics
$24.99
at Casa

Seville Classics Bamboo Drawer Organizer Boxes Keep flatware, cutlery, and kitchen gadgets organized with this ingeniously designe...d Drawer Organizer Boxes from Seville Classics. Each box is designed to fit snuggly together or you can use them separately to help clear the clutter around the kitchen. Constructed with clean and smooth joints, the boxes can hold everything from perishables to paperclips. Product Measures: ?Overall: 10.5 by 18 by 2.5 ?Individual Boxes: 10.5 by 7 by 2.5; 7 by 7 by 2.5; 3.5 by 7 by 2.5; 6.5 by 4 by 2.5; 4 by 4 by 2.5 Features: ?Constructed with attractive, clean joints for good looks and durability ?Perfect for storing utensils, office supplies, make up Manufactured in: Imported Material: Bamboo Dimensions: 18? x 10.5? x 2.5?. read more

South Shore

Organize your books, video games, movies and more in this South Shore SoHo Collection Black 2-Shelf Bookcase/Media Storage. This b...ookcase provides multiple functions and gives any room a classic, modern look. It also features three wide shelves and one drawer, offering extra storage for items such as remote controllers and video game systems. The drawer has a metal handle in a brushed nickel finish attached to it. This also creates an appealing contrast against the black color of this black narrow bookcase. A small hole in the back of the bottom shelf allows for better wire management. You can also put this in your bedroom as a nightstand. read more

RTA Products
$229.99
at Target

The Glass Desk with Storage Cabinet offers style and function for your study or home office. This desk has a chocolate-colored, gl...ass top that's perfect to place your computer, desk lamp and books. It has a pullout tray for your keyboard. You can stash stationery supplies in its 3 spacious drawers. Plus, there's a built-in file cabinet in the lowest drawer. This computer desk has a sturdy, steel frame. With silver hardware and a steel, metal finish, this home office storage cabinet will blend in with your home office décor. : Keyboard TrayFrame Material: SteelHardware Material: SilverMetal Finish: SteelSurface Material: GlassFinish: TexturedMaximum Monitor Dimensions: 47.3 "Number of Compartments: 3Number of Drawers: 3 Maximum Weight Capacity: 30.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp ClothDimensions: 30.0 " H x 47.25 " W x 24.0 " D Weight: 113.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly requiredsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall3 of 5 stars Style5 of 5 stars Quality2 of 5 stars Value1 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more

Office Tables

If your home office hosts meetings with coworkers or clients, you may want to add an office table, typically a small round table that seats four. But if you have the space and need, you may want a large conference-size table that seats up to 12. The table may include a built-in power source, Ethernet jack, or phone jack.

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Office Star
$280.54 $550.00
at Homeclick

The Merlot Writing Desk glows with a traditional charm for any room of your home. Distinguished by its turn-cut legs, distinctive ...brass knob pull and beveled edge top, the Merlot has a very particular character. Key Features Solid hardwood construction Attractive design complements most any décor Eye catching Merlot finish Ample work surface, Slide out key board / drawer with drop-down front Distinctive multi-step finish process Easy assembly Made in Thailand read more

Global Total Office
$2,490.08 $2,758.83
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Features: Adaptabilities collection Includes desk, credenza and bookcases High-density (45 lb) particle board substructure with hi...gh performance thermally fused laminate Box/file pedestals on both sides for storage File drawers can accommodate legal or letter documents Pedestals come standard with locks Pencil tray included in box drawer Triple progressive ball bearing Waterloo suspension on file drawers All drawer fronts banded with side pull opening pedestals Standard grommet in worksurface Specifications: 0.12" Edge with top over side panel design 11/16" thick full modesty panel for added stability Box drawer weight capacity: 75 lbs File drawer weight capacity: 150 lbs read more

OSP Designs
$181.95 $395.00
at Sears

Office Star X-Text L-Shape Glass Top Wood Computer Desk in Espresso The X-Text contemporary design will give your work area that f...lashy, modern appeal.Features : Espresso laminate finish Large pull-out keyboard tray Powder-coated steel tubing Glass work surfaces Wire management... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$139.00
at Walmart

The Better Homes and Gardens Computer Desk has a traditional style which will suit your home or office perfectly. The computer des...k is constructed of an engineered wood with a glossy dark oak finish. The top base of the wooden computer desk is the perfect height to use your laptop. The dark oak desk consists of three drawers on the right side, including a file drawer, with a pencil drawer for supplies. read more

Paper Shredders

Every home should have a paper shredder, which grinds up old bills, statements, or checks into thin strips to be recycled or tossed. For security, a shredder prevents someone from reading account numbers or other information on those papers. For resource management, a shredder dwindles large stacks of files down to grocery-size bags of scraps. Some shredders incorporate a bin to collect the scraps; other shredders fit over your wastebasket or recycling bin. Some shredders reduce paper to strips; crosscut shredders cut strips into confetti; a micro-cut shredder produces splinters of paper. A shredder’s power and durability is indicated by how many pieces of paper it shreds at once, ranging from six to 18 sheets for a home-use shredder.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you shop for home office fittings, itemize your needs and treat it like a grocery list. Start with the basic ingredients (desk, chair, computer), then add specialty ingredients and seasonings (printer/scanner, message board, curtains). Finally, list the staples (types of printer ink, papers, pens) and keep this one with you in your wallet or phone, so you can restock anytime. Better yet, set up recurring deliveries of the staples using an online site. Here are some specific items to note on your list and as you shop:

Accessories

In addition to the accessories mentioned above, you need electronic accessories. Consider getting a charging station, a cord-organizing system, and a surge protector.

Bookcases

Bookcases can be decorative assets or eyesores in a home office, depending on how you manage them. When you buy a bookcase, invest in bookends and shelf-depth decorative boxes, such as photo and file boxes, to keep clutter in hand from the start.

Drafting Tables

Even if you don’t have a professional reason to own one, its large desk surface makes a drafting table attractive for anyone with the space to hold the table. A drafting table tilts and the height of the work surface adjusts, making the table ergonomically comfortable and ideal for someone who uses a wheelchair.

File Cabinets

Optional features for file cabinets include locking drawers, drawer dividers, and wheeled pedestals so you can move a full and heavy cabinet. Some cabinets are insulated and fireproof to protect your house title, insurance policies, or bank statements in the event of a fire or flood.

Office Chairs

If your office contains a rug or carpeting, you’ll need a chair mat, or a hard plastic surface that allows a wheeled chair to move across the carpet rather than catching on it. Accessories for desk chairs include add-on armrests, casters, memory foam pads, and lumbar pillows.

Office Desks

Size and storage capabilities are the two main considerations when shopping for a desk. The desk should fit the space available in your home and accommodate the equipment you need to put on it, such as a computer tower or printer, as well as your own body size. If the desk doesn’t provide plenty of storage in the form of drawers, cabinets, or shelves, you’ll need additional storage components.

Office Storage

To sum up the amount of storage you need in your home office, make a list of necessary supplies, including reams of paper, printer ink cartridges, boxes of pens and pencils, envelopes in various sizes, extra labels, boxes of business cards, and more. Also factor in long-term storage of important papers and tax files.

Office Tables

If you add a conference table to your home office, don’t buy a larger table than you need. Tables take up a lot of square footage. If meetings with clients or coworkers occur infrequently, consider a portable solution, such as a folding table.

Paper Shredders

Buy the most powerful shredder you can afford, because you’ll ask a lot of it over the years. If you know you’ll frequently use a shredder, consider a small-business or commercial-rated shredder, which handles up to 30 sheets at a time, incorporates large bin capacity, and infrequently jams. Prices range from $30 to $150 for home-use shredders. Commercial-use shredders cost up to several thousand dollars.

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Jesper
$599.00 $749.00
at Wayfair

Features: 300 Collection Chrome base Height adjustable feet Non scratch surface Ball barring extensions Durable work top Commercia...l grade With 1 file drawer and 1 utility drawer Manufacturer provides 5 years warranty Overall dimensions: 32" H x 32" W x 17" D read more

300 Lateral File Cabinet
MacKenzie-Childs
$53.90 $84.00
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Note caddy includes a 3"Sq. notepad (additional pads sold separately). Pen cup and note caddy have acrylic feet. From MacKenzie-Ch...ilds®. Variations are due to handcrafting. Imported. read more

Flower Market Pen Cup
Walker Edison
$125.99 $161.99
at Target

This X-Frame Glass and Metal Corner Computer Desk offers a sleek, modern design crafted from durable steel and thick, tempered saf...ety glass. The L-shape provides a corner wedge for space-saving needs. The unique X-frame creates a sleek design without compromising stability. Some assembly is required; tools are included. : Glass TopFrame Material: MetalHardware Material: SteelSurface Material: Tempered GlassFinish: Smooth, Powder-CoatedWorking Space Dimensions: 51.0 " L x 20.0 " D Maximum Weight Capacity: 100.0 Lb.Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothDimensions: 29.0 " H x 51.0 " W x 20.0 " D Weight: 57.0 Lb.Assembly Details: assembly required, tools providedsee shipping and returnsguest rating overall5 of 5 stars Style5 of 5 stars Quality5 of 5 stars Value3.5 of 5 stars see guest reviews read more

X-Frame Glass and Metal Corner Computer Desk
Southern Enterprises
$381.00 $635.00
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This desk proves that its possible to have office furniture that is as practical as it is beautiful. Itll help you get the job don...e in style. classic mission design complements a variety of decors working drawer convenient corner fit Mission Corner Computer Desk measures 48.5x31.8x30"H. Assembly required. read more

Mission Corner Computer Desk
Southern Enterprises
$249.00 $415.00
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This corner desk features a space-saving design and a useful V-shaped lower shelf. slide-out keyboard trayrich espresso finishcord... management feature1 shelf Keyboard tray measures 28x12"D. Shelf measures 6.5" x11.75"H. MDF/veneer. Measures 32.25x48x30"H. Wipe clean with dry cloth. Ready to assemble, tools included. Limited warranty. Imported. read more

Idlewild Corner Desk
Monarch
$309.99 $429.99
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Practicality meets convenience with this modern wood computer desk. The Connect-It desk allows you to charge electronics with its ...built-in power supply while keeping them organized in stylish storage drawers. A tempered glass top allows you to view stored items quickly, adding to the convenience, while the sturdy computer desks wood shows off a fine cappuccino finish. Color: Cappuccino Materials: Wood Finish: Cappuccino Glass: Tempered glass Store, charge, connect and organize all your hand-held electronics Integrated wire management, pull-out keyboard tray, storage drawers Type of desk: Computer desk Dimensions: 30.75 inches high x 47 inches wide x 23.5 inches deep Assembly required read more

Cappuccino Wood  Connect-It  Computer Desk
Marvel
$214.19 $634.19
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The Fermata Task Chair from Marvel is engineered to provide universal comfort with easy customizing using just one lever to lock t...he seat angle and activate the seat height adjustment. This chair features a higher back than average task chairs making it ideal for intensive-use environments. Chair Mechanism: Centered pivot point Tilt tension knob One lever for locking seat angle and activating seat height adjustment Materials: Molded plastic frame, mesh weave Color: Black Weight capacity: 250 pounds Dimensions: 39.25 to 42.75 inches high x 24.5 inches wide x 24 inches deep Seat dimensions: 17.5 inches deep x 18.5 inches wide Back size: 16.5 inches wide Gas cylinder range: 3.5 inches Meets all BIFMA requirements Ships fully assembled read more

Marvel Black Mesh Back Task Office Chair
Ameriwood
$197.88 $316.36
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Make your workspace sleeker, more attractive and more comfortable with this great-looking desk from Ameriwood. Designed in a warm ...Bank Alder finish, accented by brushed nickel hardware on the drawers, this fashionable, transitional desk adds interest to any space in your home. The Ameriwood Transitional Desk features 3 drawers to keep your essential supplies and files within reach and neatly tucked away. Two upper drawers are perfect for miscellaneous items, pens, notepads, staplers and other supplies. Use the large file drawer on bottom to store documents and folders. The desk offers a large work surface with plenty of room for your computer and peripherals. Two grommet holes on top allow for easy wire management, so you can keep your workspace clean and uncluttered. Made in USA. Materials: PB, MDF, HDF Colors: Bank alder Dimensions: 30.81 inches high x 47.63 inches wide x 29.69 inches deep Two 2 grommets for cord management Two 2 accessory drawers One 1 file drawer Large work surface Brushed nickel hardware Open leg design with profiled top Easy to assemble with household tools Assembly Required read more

Ameriwood Computer Desk
ORE International
$218.05 $344.00
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This contemporary and stylish computer desk is designed to adapt to any room or space from the office to your home. The uniquely c...hrome finished frame is built with sturdy reinforcement for years of use. Materials: Composite wood/glass/metal Finish: Dark natural brown/chrome Two 2 detachable desks make this item convenient for multipurpose and readily reassembles to fit your needs accordingly The uniquely designed table tops, each with an adjustable back flap 12 inches long x 7 inches wide Back flaps can be used as a book stand to support books or any mobile electronic tablets The uniquely chrome finished frame is built with sturdy reinforcement Dimensions: 29 inches high x 24 inches wide x 65 inches long Assembly required read more

Modern Dark Natural Brown 5.3-foot Computer Desk
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