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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Better Homes and Gardens
$82.03

Better Homes and Gardens' latest addition to home furnishings was designed with you in mind. This timeless classic will bring your... home office up to Wall Street standards on a Main Street budget. This desk is the perfect size for the home office and has the flexibility to accommodate your ever-changing electronics with an exclusive wire management system. It's easy for you to keep those cords under control with the built-in cable door on the desktop. It's designed to help you manage those challenging cables, and it's right at your fingertips for the mobility we all want. The door and cavity are large enough to accommodate your device cords and plugs while efficiently giving you the maximum work surface. Offered in a variety of finishes, this desk is the perfect solution for the student or CEO in your life. Be the first to get this elegant look for your home office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$82.15

Better Homes and Gardens' latest addition to home furnishings was designed with you in mind. This timeless classic will bring your... home office up to Wall Street standards on a Main Street budget. This desk is the perfect size for the home office and has the flexibility to accommodate your ever-changing electronics with an exclusive wire management system. It's easy for you to keep those cords under control with the built-in cable door on the desktop. It's designed to help you manage those challenging cables, and it's right at your fingertips for the mobility we all want. The door and cavity are large enough to accommodate your device cords and plugs while efficiently giving you the maximum work surface. Offered in a variety of finishes, this desk is the perfect solution for the student or CEO in your life. Be the first to get this elegant look for your home office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$83.43

Better Homes and Gardens' latest addition to home furnishings was designed with you in mind. This timeless classic will bring your... home office up to Wall Street standards on a Main Street budget. This desk is the perfect size for the home office and has the flexibility to accommodate your ever-changing electronics with an exclusive wire management system. It's easy for you to keep those cords under control with the built-in cable door on the desktop. It's designed to help you manage those challenging cables, and it's right at your fingertips for the mobility we all want. The door and cavity are large enough to accommodate your device cords and plugs while efficiently giving you the maximum work surface. Offered in a variety of finishes, this desk is the perfect solution for the student or CEO in your life. Be the first to get this elegant look for your home office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$82.35

Timeless designBuilt-in cable door on desktopExclusive wire management systemMaterial Content: 47 percent MDF, 43 percent particle... board, 5 percent bamboo common, 5 percent paperboardPersonalize it with 2 Bonus Better Homes and Gardens storage binsAvailable in multiple finishesDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs.Better Homes and Gardens Collapsible Fabric Storage Cube, Set of 2:Make more of your space and stay organized with the Better Homes and Gardens Fabric Storage Cube. Generously sized, this cube can hold a variety of objects, such as magazines, trinkets, small toys and more. This fabric storage bin can be used in the office or classroom. It can also be used in a kitchen, bathroom, child's room or craft room. Made of 100 percent durable polyester, this cube comes in a wide variety of colors to help match any color scheme and coordinates with the Better Homes and Gardens Cube Organizers.Provides additional storageCollapsible storage cube comes in a set of 2 that complements a variety of decor styles100% polyesterDimensions: 12.8"W x 12.8"D x 15"H (32.5cm x 32.5cm x 38cm)Available in various colors 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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Prepac
$80.72

You'll find plenty of room for your books or collectibles in the roomy shelves of the Prepac Sonoma 4-Shelf Bookcase. The profiled... top, side moldings, and arched kick plate help to make it a great addition to your office or living room. The bookcase... read more

Linon
$131.49

The Titian Bookcase has a simple yet eye-catching design that is matched with incredible durability. The Bookcase features four sh...elves that provide ample storage and display space. A neutral, classic Antique Tobacco finish allows this piece to easily... read more

$299.49

Add a touch of rustic charm to your home with this chic bookcase. The bookcase features nine compartments of various shapes and si...zes and a spacious top shelf surface. The salvage cabin wood finish adds old fashioned appeal to this modern design. Set... read more

$166.49

The Structure bookcase collection allows you to mix and match pieces and optional add-ins to fit your space and your needs. The sh...orter stature wide bookcase is ideal for small areas where multifunctional storage is required. With three shelves, this... 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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Improvements
$269.99 $169.95

This beautiful Hampshire Collection office furniture makes working at home no work at all.Triple-beveled molding dresses up this e...xclusive Hampshire collection of furniture for your craft room or home office. Brushed nickel hardware adds interesting... read more

Ballard Designs
$1099.00

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 Project Height Desk combines two 3-Drawer Original Home Office Tall File... read more

Ballard Designs
$999.00

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 Project Height Desk combines two 3-Drawer Original Home Office Tall File... read more

Asstd National Brand
$520.00

With a wide frame and ample work area, this industrial-style tilt-top drafting table is perfectly proportioned for larger spaces. ...Its adjustable top in weathered oak has a rustic style and a built-in ridge spanning the extensive workspace secures... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$99.00 $84.00

Better Homes and Gardens Rustic Country File Cabinet, Weathered Pine Finish:Antique Weathered Pine finish1 large file drawer1 smal...l storage drawerFixed castersEngineered Wood with laminate finish with a powder-coated Metal frame and detailsAssembly requiredAssembled dimensions: 20.13"W x 23.13"D x 26.5"H (51 cm x 59 cm x 67 cm) read more

$104.99

Keep your important documents safe and private with the IRIS Premier Stacking File Cabinet. These stackable file drawers lock them... to keep prying eyes away from sensitive information. Sleek and modern design complements any home or office décor. read more

Crate&Barrel
$199.00

Milton redefines steel file storage on the move in a sleek white powdercoat frame. Designed by Mark Daniel, the white two drawer f...ile cabinet recesses to reveal a small top drawer and a lower file drawer that accommodates both letter and legal files.... read more

Sandusky
$375.04

The Sandusky Lee 5-Drawer Vertical File helps keep your files organized while using a minimal amount of floor space. Steel ball be...aring slide suspension provides superior performance. Spring-loaded follower in each drawer keeps files upright.... 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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Steelcase
$869.00

The Steelcase Think office chair is intelligent enough to understand how you sit and adjusts itself intuitively, yet it's thoughtf...ul enough to minimize its environmental impact. Crafted of lightweight powdercoated steel and aluminum, its tight seat and... read more

Steelcase
$1109.00

The Steelcase Think office chair is intelligent enough to understand how you sit and adjusts itself intuitively, yet it's thoughtf...ul enough to minimize its environmental impact. Crafted of lightweight powdercoated steel and aluminum, its tight seat and... read more

Manhattan Home Design
$419.00

Eames management chair sets on a five-point base with easy swivel functionality, an optional pneumatic height adjustment, and tilt...-lock feature. Only premium, top grain Italian leather is used. Also called the Eames Office Chair. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$129.99 $92.10

The Better Homes and Gardens Bonded Leather Office Chair features leather on all seating surfaces, matching vinyl on the back and ...sides and elegant hand-sculpted arms. Also, there is a lockout lever, a heavy-duty base and a pneumatic gas lift on the chair. Dual-wheel casters on this leather executive office chair allow you to easily roll it around the office. Lumbar support, a headrest, and soft, upholstered arm pads give you comfort even when sitting for a long time. Assembly of this vinyl office chair is required, but it is a simple task that can be done quickly. The look and style of the chair allow it to fit in a home office or an actual business office. You can protect your carpet and floor by purchasing a chair mat to place under your work area. The desk chair is available in two colors, either black or brown. 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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Crate&Barrel
$1699.00

Morris reclaims pinewood pallets, expertly refinishing them to create this statement-making executive desk. A matte, ash grey fini...sh adds rustic refinement to this polished piece, which is outfitted with metal inset pulls with an antiqued nickel... read more

Frontgate
$1,495.00 $1299.00

Beaming with extraordinary glamour and adorned with opulent details, the Sloane Mirrored Desk is a star ready to be discovered. Sp...arkling beveled mirrors cover the top, sides and three smooth-closing drawers. Glamorous beveled mirrors on top, ends and... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$139.00 $124.00

Better Homes and Gardens Lafayette Writing Desk, Multiple Finishes:2 drawers with metal runners and safety stopsFinished on all si...des for versatile placementAssembly Required1-Year Limited WarrantyModel# 420931Dimensions: 47.125"W x 19.5"D x 30"HDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$139.00 $124.00

Better Homes and Gardens Lafayette Writing Desk, Multiple Finishes:2 drawers with metal runners and safety stopsFinished on all si...des for versatile placementAssembly Required1-Year Limited WarrantyModel# 420931Dimensions: 47.125"W x 19.5"D x 30"HDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. 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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Baxton Studio
$94.99

Need additional storage for your home office, entryway or living room. With its simple, versatile design in a classy, easy-to-styl...e finish, the Excel Sideboard Storage Cabinet embraces a natural look of minimalist elegance for an effortless decor... read more

Inval America
$315.10

This storage cabinet with space for a microwave has a functional modern design that is an excellent choice for your home or office... break room. It features 4 doors which conceal ample storage space, as well as 3 drawers with slides for accessories. All doors and drawers have chrome metal handles. It also rests on 4 plastic feet. Solid composite wood is laminated in double-faced durable & elegant Laricina-White finished Melamine, which is stain, heat and scratch resistant. Features :Dimension : 35.04 W x 15.35D x 66.14 H in. Material : Melamine /Engineered woodFinish : Laricina-White read more

Nova Solo
$369.00

The slim design of this seven-drawer dresser is perfect for organizing your home or office while using minimal floor space. The ha...ndcrafted mahogany construction, brass knobs and crisp white finish bring an elegant and modern touch to any room. This slender storage tower offers seven handy drawers to house a host of possessions without taking up essential floor space making it the ideal option for a small home office, alcove or guest bedroom. Style tip: don't feel you have to place something on top. Think about the room. If there's a lot going on leave it clear. Set includes: One (1) High Chest of drawer, Seven (7) drawers Kiln Dried Solid Mahogany Hand Finished Furniture Pure White Color Semi-gloss painted finish is topped with a durable sealer Already Assembled Seven (7) Drawers Antique brass hardware Number of Drawers: Seven (7) Finish: Mahogany Materials: Solid Mahogany, Composite Wood and Brass Weight: 75.24 lbs. Drawers Dimensions: 5.40 inches high x 11.41 inches wide x 9.44 inches deep Dimensions (overall): 15.75 inches wide x 11.80 inches deep x 47.25 inches high Please Note: Orders of 151 pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Size: 7-drawer. read more

SAUDER
$276.94

The Home Plus Storage Cabinet is a versatile storage option. It can be combined with other Home Plus Collection pieces to create c...ustomized storage or entertainment configurations. It also can be used as a multi-function stand alone piece, suitable for... 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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$439.99

The Rocada Drawing Table with Drafting Board is the ideal choice for any office. This drawing table with drafting board's base is ...made of .35mm RAL9010 white epoxy painted steel tube and spring-loaded adjustable 0.30mm chromed steel telescopic tube.... read more

Love+Grace
$109.99 $76.37

Material: Mdf. Product dimension: 45.3 x 23.6 x 29.5 inch. Packing size: 46.5 x 26.8 x 3.5 inch . Package content: 1 x computer de...sk. read more

Bestar Furniture
$884.99

Prestige is a timeless modular collection that will adapt to your needs over time With its wide range of products it is ideal for ...every type of office The hutch and the desk are made of a durable 1 commercial grade work surface with melamine finish ... read more

Bestar
$976.11

You'll love how the BESTAR Prestige + L-Desk including Electric Height Adjustable Table combines traditional and standing height w...ork surfaces into one smart configuration. The electric height adjustable table uses a control button on the front edge of... 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

Frontgate
$1,495.00 $1299.00

Beaming with extraordinary glamour and adorned with opulent details, the Sloane Mirrored Desk is a star ready to be discovered. Sp...arkling beveled mirrors cover the top, sides and three smooth-closing drawers. Glamorous beveled mirrors on top, ends and... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$139.00 $124.00

Better Homes and Gardens Lafayette Writing Desk, Multiple Finishes:2 drawers with metal runners and safety stopsFinished on all si...des for versatile placementAssembly Required1-Year Limited WarrantyModel# 420931Dimensions: 47.125"W x 19.5"D x 30"HDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$139.00 $124.00

Better Homes and Gardens Lafayette Writing Desk, Multiple Finishes:2 drawers with metal runners and safety stopsFinished on all si...des for versatile placementAssembly Required1-Year Limited WarrantyModel# 420931Dimensions: 47.125"W x 19.5"D x 30"HDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$169.00 $134.00

Better Homes and Gardens River Crest 5-shelf Bookcase:This bookcase is made from composite material with an aesthetic powder-coate...d metal frameBetter Homes and Gardens River Crest 5-shelf Bookcase has 1" thick (2.54cm) shelvesAssembly is requiredAssembled dimensions: 29.5" W ×155" D×39. 37cm× read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$129.00 $126.00

Better Homes and Gardens Desk, Abby Oak:Classic stylingFiling drawers for easy access storageFlip down keyboard trayOak finishIncl...udes antique brass fittingsEasy to assemble with household toolsDimensions: 53.5"Width x 23.56"Depth x 30.31"HeightFor additional storage and a great look, add the Better Homes and Gardens HutchBetter Homes and Gardens Desk, Abby Oak Model# 9151202PCOMAlso available in this collection: Desk/Hutch Bundle, Computer Armoir, File Cabinet, 3-Shelf Bookcase and 5-Shelf BookcaseSee all desks on Walmart.com. Save money. Live better. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$129.88 $99.00

Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill 5-Shelf Bookcase, Multiple Finishes:Heritage walnut or Weathered finish3 adjustable shelvesEncl...osed back panelAssembly requiredEngineered Wood constructionAssembled dimensions: 29.291"W x 13.386"D x 71.024"H (74.399 cm x 34.001 cm x 180.401 cm)Model# 419751 read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$219.00 $189.00

Better Homes and Gardens Preston Park Desk, Mahogany:Pull-out storage drawerMahogany finish with textured metal side framesAssembl...y requiredCoordinates with other pieces, all sold separately (1735196PCOM, 5050196PCOM, 5054196PCOM, 5056196PCOM, 5279196PCOM, 9631196PCOM)Dimensions: 47.5"W x 23.5"D x 30"H (120.65 cm x 59.69 cm x 76.2 cm)1-year limited warrantyModel# 9835196PCOMDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$149.00 $114.00

Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill Bookcase with Doors, Multiple Finishes:Three adjustable shelvesDecorative moldingsTwo doorsAsse...mbly requiredDimensions: 29.29" W x 13.39"D x 71.02"HWooden bookcase read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$134.84 $119.00

Better Homes and Gardens Desk, Abby Oak:Classic stylingFiling drawers for easy access storageFlip down keyboard trayOak finishIncl...udes antique brass fittingsEasy to assemble with household toolsDimensions: 53.5"Width x 23.56"Depth x 30.31"HeightFor additional storage and a great look, add the Better Homes and Gardens HutchBetter Homes and Gardens Desk, Abby Oak Model# 9151202PCOMAlso available in this collection: Desk/Hutch Bundle, Computer Armoir, File Cabinet, 3-Shelf Bookcase and 5-Shelf BookcaseSee all desks on Walmart.com. Save money. Live better. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$149.00 $104.00

Better Homes and Gardens River Crest Console Desk: Mixed material aestheticPowder-coated metal framePencil drawer with flip down f...rontFull extension drawer slidesAssembly required1-year limited warrantyAssembled dimensions: 42.5"W x 17.5"D x 30"H (107.95cm x 44.45cm x 76.2cm)Model# 418306This writing desk with a drawer is ideal for home or officeDesk and task chairs sold separately. See our assortment of desk and task chairs. read more

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