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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Lenox
$117.00 $69.95

Bring the loveliness of bright blooms right to your desk with the Springtime Flower Art Glass Paperweight. The inside of this roun...d paperweight bursts with a bright yellow and white flower, surrounded by deep cobalt blue and shimmering clear glass. A wonderful gift. read more

Lenox
$67.00 $39.95

Romantic bright red hearts decorate the Tiny Hearts Art Glass Paperweight, a perfect figurine gift for your favorite tea lover. Cr...afted of hand-blown art glass, so no two are alike, this sweet paperweight is a true work of art. read more

Lenox
$30.00

The ultimate in personalized business card holders, the kate spade new york One in a Million Initial Business Card Holder "T" is f...ashion forward and elegant. The sophisticated and sleek design is crafted of jewelry like gold-toned metal and black enamel. You will be one in a million with this ultimate personal accessory. The initial "T" is prominently displayed. read more

Lenox
$30.00

The ultimate in personalized business card holders, the kate spade new york One in a Million Initial Business Card Holder "D" is f...ashion forward and elegant. The sophisticated and sleek design is crafted of jewelry like gold-toned metal and black enamel. You will be one in a million with this ultimate personal accessory. The initial "D" is prominently displayed. 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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$236.99

The Structure bookcase collection allows you to mix and match pieces and optional add-ins to fit your space and your needs. The ta...ll, wide bookcase is ideal for small areas where multifunctional storage is required. With four shelves, the bookcase can stand alone in a tight space or join forces with other Structure pieces to form a solid storage area that can hold baskets, office supplies, or eclectic displays. Set includes: One (1) bookshelf Materials: PEFC certified sustainable wood Finish: Oak, white Dimensions: 59.5 inches high x 31.5 inches wide x 13.8 inches deep Assembly required. Color: White. read more

$141.49

The Structure bookcase collection allows for you to mix and match pieces and optional add-ins to fit your space and your needs. Th...e shorter stature narrow bookcase is ideal for small areas where multifunctional storage is required. With three shelves, the bookcase can stand alone in a tight space or join forces with other Structure pieces to form a solid storage area that can hold baskets, office supplies, or eclectic art displays. A slim width allows for design that is compact and desirable for an array of spaces. A comforting oak finish adds a modern organic feel to the room making working furniture fit naturally. Set includes: One (1) bookshelf Materials: PEFC certified sustainable wood Finish: Oak, white Dimensions: 45.1 inches high x 16.8 inches wide x 13.8 inches deep Assembly required. Color: Brown. read more

Voelkel
$655.00

Display your cherished decorative items or favorite books on this Voelkel Lori Collection bookcase. The expanding design fits in y...our home, while the multiple shelves provide impressive storage space. Shelf Type: Bookshelves, Display Material: Pine, Wood Style: Casual, Contemporary, industrial, Modern, Urban Assembly: Assembly Required Finish: Pine Finish Color: Grey, Beige This product will ship to you in multiple boxes. Assembly Required read more

Altra
$159.99

Show off your book collection while giving your friends and family something new to talk about with this cherry glass door bookcas...e from Altra. The framed glass doors display and protect your books, making this a smart choice for high-traffic areas in your home. The Inspire cherry finish and understated design make this a simple yet elegant way to showcase your collection, and the two distinct door handles give it an antique touch. Two of the four shelves are adjustable, allowing you the freedom to give your oversized books and larger decorative pieces equal time in the spotlight. Made with American and imported parts in the United States, supporting American labor The Inspire cherry finish gives it an understated, classic feel Measures 53.06 inches high x 29.56 inches wide x 15.62 inches deep Two of the four shelves are adjustable, allowing room for larger items Striking door handles give the bookcase a hint of an antique feel Easily assembled using ordinary household tools Built from polybutylene and medium-density fiberboard for an attractive and solid construction Color: Brown. 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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Flash Furniture
$214.00 $109.99

Multipurpose Draft Table .75 Cherry Melamine Laminate Finish Adjustable Angle Surface Side Compartment Trays Pullout Supply Tray T...ray Size: 21.75W x 13D x 1.25H Hanging File Organizer Black High Gloss Frame Finish Dual Wheel Casters; Two Locking read more

Studio Designs Inc
$274.99 $205.99

Overall dimensions: 42W x 31D x 30 - 46.75H Main work surface: 42W x 30D Clear tempered safety glass top Can be used as a light ta...ble Height adjustable from 30 - 34.75H when flat Top angle adjusts from flat to 75° Built-in pencil groove with 24 pencil ledge 35.25W x 6.75D Storage shelf 4 Floor levelers for stability Manufacturer's 10 Year Limited Warranty read more

Studio Designs Inc
$204.99 $145.99

Overall dimension: 36W x 24D x 34.25 - 42H Main work surface: 36W x 24D Adjustable angle table top from flat to 81° Antique design... and finish Built-in pencil groove with 24 pencil ledge Solid hard wood frame for stability Manufacturer's 10 Year Limited Warranty read more

Studio Designs Inc
$223.99 $167.99

Overall dimensions: 42W x 30D x 32.5 - 38.5H Main work surface: 42W x 30D Unique contemporary design 5 Adjustment angles from flat... to 40° Height adjustable from 32.5 - 38.5H 24 Slide up pencil ledge 30W x 9.5D Storage shelf 4 Floor levelers for stability Manufacturer's 10 Year Limited Warranty 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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Ballard Designs
$499.00

We invented the modular Original Home Office to give you total design flexibility. Each piece works with every other, so you can c...reate an office that works perfectly for you. The Tall File Credenza 3-Drawer offers lots of storage and label pulls for your own labels. Adjust the working height by adding an optional Plinth Base. Finished on three visible sides and designed to stand against the wall. See all your options below. Original Home Office Tall File Credenza 3-Drawer features: Matching wood top. File Storage Cabinets have full-extension glides. Crafted with solid wood frames & fine veneers. Swatches available. Download free Design Guide above. Download free drawer label templates above. read more

Ballard Designs
$599.00

We invented the modular Original Home Office to give you total design flexibility. Each piece works with every other, so you can c...reate an office that works perfectly for you. The Tall File Credenza 4-Drawer offers lots of storage and label pulls for your own labels. Adjust the working height by adding an optional Plinth Base. Finished on three visible sides and designed to stand against the wall. See all your options below. Original Home Office Tall File Credenza 4-Drawer features: Matching wood top. File Storage Cabinets have full-extension glides. Crafted with solid wood frames & fine veneers. Swatches available. Download free Design Guide above. Download free drawer label templates above. read more

Ballard Designs
$649.00

We invented the modular Original Home Office to give you total design flexibility. Each piece works with every other, so you can c...reate an office that works perfectly for you. The Tall File Credenza 4-Drawer with Zinc Top offers lots of storage and label pulls for your own labels. Adjust the working height by adding an optional Plinth Base. Finished on three visible sides and designed to stand against the wall. See all your options below. Original Home Office Tall File Credenza 4-Drawer features: Contrasting zinc top. File Storage Cabinets have full-extension glides. Crafted with solid wood frames & fine veneers. Swatches available. Download free Design Guide above. Download free drawer label templates above. read more

Ballard Designs
$549.00

We invented the modular Original Home Office to give you total design flexibility. Each piece works with every other, so you can c...reate an office that works perfectly for you. The Tall File Credenza 3-Drawer offers lots of storage and label pulls for your own labels. Adjust the working height by adding an optional Plinth Base. Finished on three visible sides and designed to stand against the wall. See all your options below. Original Home Office Tall File Credenza 3-Drawer features: Contrasting zinc top. File Storage Cabinets have full-extension glides. Crafted with solid wood frames & fine veneers. Swatches available. Download free Design Guide above. Download free drawer label templates above. 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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Silver Seating
$189.99

SLST1002 Features Poly shell Glides Stackable UV protected shells Cozy collection Made in the USA Style: Contemporary/Modern Produ...ct Type: Multipurpose Frame Material: Steel Seat/Back Material: Plastic/Acrylic Country of Manufacture: United States Base... read more

Silver Seating
$419.99

SLST1007 Features Fabric upholstery seat Chrome frame 4 Leg base Moon collection Made in the USA Style: Contemporary/Modern Produc...t Type: Multipurpose Frame Material: Steel Seat/Back Material: Plastic/Acrylic Country of Manufacture: United States... read more

Alera
$91.27

Ideal for tight workspaces and all-day seating comfort. Molded plastic shell resists impact. Waterfall seat edge helps relieve pre...ssure points on the underside of legs. Five-star base with casters for easy mobility. Optional Arms sold separately. read more

HON
$329.86

Breathable mesh back for all-day support. Mesh seat cushion has two layers of padding for increased comfort. Synchro-Tilt function... and height-adjustable arms for a custom fit. Five-star base with casters for easy mobility. 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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Abbyson Living
$383.90

Bring traditional country-inspired style to your home office with this wood writing desk. The spacious desktop provides plenty of ...workspace, while the three storage drawers help you keep your space clutter free. It's perfect for a home office or bedroom. read more

Bestar
$713.90

Pro-Linea has all the elements to create a modern and refined work environment. The clean lines of this collection bring a fresh l...ook without compromising functionality and durability. The desk is made of a durable 1.5" commercial-grade work surface... 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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Iris Usa, Inc.
$118.99

This 64 qt. Storage Bin from IRIS USA is perfect for storing your belongings including holiday decorations, sports equipment, blan...kets and bulky items. Each box holds up to 16 gallons and features a snap-tight lid to keep contents secure and dust-free. 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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Copeland Furniture
$216.00

The Copeland Furniture Astrid Shelf Nightstand provides a useful bedside surface and finishes off the Astrid Bed without taking up... an inch of floor space. Made out of the same wood and available in the same finishes as the bed, this shelf attaches directly to the bed's platform base. It can be attached to the right or left as needed. Founded in 1976 by Tim Copeland, Copeland Furniture specializes in the production of fine natural hardwood furniture. Continual evolution in Copeland Furniture designs have yielded new and exciting takes on classic Arts & Crafts, Shaker and Scandinavian bedroom, living room, office and dining room furniture. All Copeland Furniture pieces are designed and made at their manufacturing facility located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Bradford, Vermont. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$399.99

Office Desks -Crafted of rubberwood with a mahogany finish, our rustic storage console blends Italian countryside style with moder...n home office convenience. Cabinet doors open to reveal supply and file folder drawers on the right and a customizable shelf on the left. Plus, a dropdown tray with a cord management system accommodates a full-size keyboard when using the desk as a computer workstation. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forverona furniture collection,verona desk collection,home office furniture,office desks,home decor,desks,cabinets,verona collection,cabinet desk,cabinet workdesk,storage desk,media cabinet,storage cabinet,cabinet with drawers,cabinet with shelves,cabinet with x doors,storage console,wood cabinet,rubberwood cabinet,mahogany cabinet,media desk,desk with shelves,desk with doors,desk console,wood desk,rubberwood desk,mahogany desk,hardwood desk,hardwood cabinet,keyboard desk,keyboard cabinet,computer desk,computer cabinet,rustic desk. By Cost Plus World Market. 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.

Furniture on sale

Lenox
$50.00 $13.95

The casual elegance and contemporary style of the Blue Storage Box make is perfect for any dresser, desk, or table. Decorative and... highly useful, this lovely box is a wonderful gift for any occasion. read more

Generic
$203.98 $145.10

Add this amazing piece to your office to complement its furniture and decor.

Sauder
$234.29 $234.01

Hidden storage behind simulated drawer fronts and doors. Lower drawer features full extension slides and holds letter, legal or Eu...ropean size hanging files. Made of engineered wood. Assembly required. 35 in. W x 22 in. D x 30 in. H. read more

Convenience Concepts
$99.49 $33.99

The Designs2Go Desktop Organizer with Shelf in rich Black Finish is a great addition to desktop of any room or home office. It fea...tures cable management, two shelves available for filing compartments to handle paperwork, file folders, books and binders... read more

Mainstays
$49.88 $43.00

The Mainstays Glass Bookcase, Multiple Colors is a nice addition to any room. You have three tempting colors to choose from: blue,... clear and fuchsia. This Mainstays bookcase features tempered glass and a silver powder coat metal frame. Add books or... read more

Tvilum
$429.49 $107.79

Contemporary style meets customizable scenarios. Bocca bookcase collection allows for you to mix and match pieces and optional add...-ins to fit your space and your needs. The tall, wide bookcase is ideal for high volume areas where multifunctional... read more

HON
$292.00 $153.21

HON 1870 Series Bookcase, Four Shelf, 36" x 11-1/2" x 48-3/4", Cognac: Durable, long-lasting laminate Clean lines equal classic st...orage style Adjustable shelf bookcase Long lasting wear-resistant laminate with durable PVC edges Four adjustable leveling... read more

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