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What Furniture Do I Need to Work From Home?

Desk with analog camera behind laptop

Due to social distancing, millions of Americans are now required to work from home. If you're a seasoned remote worker, you've doubtless already got your work space all figured out. But what if you're one of those people who never thought they would work from home? What if you don't even own a desk? If you’re new to working from home, read on for tips and tricks to make your home feel more like a work space.

Tips for Setting Up the Perfect Home Office

  • Find a space that’s well lit.
  • Declutter your space—its going to be easier to set up your office initially if you get rid of some of the extra stuff taking up your physical space and depleting your focus by crowding your mental headspace.
  • If you’re not in the market for buying a new desk chair, at the very least fashion yourself a chair that you can tolerate sitting on for eight hours a day by buying a foam seat pad or memory foam cushion.
  • Setting up your workspace near a window can help increase productivity, boost mood, and allow the opportunity for little peeks outside. Oh yeah! That’s what the outside world looks like!
  • Add some joy to your work from home space. Family photos, plants, or your kid’s drawings are all surefire ways to make your space more cheery. If scents foster happy emotions for you, you can set up a scented candle or oil diffuser in your work room.
  • Adding another monitor—even if it means using your TV—does wonders for your productivity. It really underscores that you are at work and in the productivity zone, not just tinkering on your laptop while sitting on the sofa. With modern tech options that let you mirror your screen from your devices to your TV (Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay AppleTV are two easy ways to do it), you don’t even need to worry about HDMI cables.
  • An important tip for everyone but especially for small spaces—declutter your desk at every opportunity. Nothing robs you of your focus like having to reach around empty cereal bowls, mugs, and stacks of office supplies.
  • Have a dedicated workstation! Read on for tips on buying a new desk, or setting up your very own diy desk space.

Tips for Buying a New Desk

Man Standing at Desk

We now have a wealth of research to prove that sitting all day is bad for your health. That’s why standing desks and adjustable height desks that go from sitting to standing are so popular now. It's important to change positions regularly, even with a standing desk, so sit/stand adjustable desks are a great choice.

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However, if you find you’re more productive when seated or a standing desk isn’t an option, consider a seated desk. A lot of standing desks don’t offer a lot in the way of storage, so a traditional seated desk with storage pedestals or a hutch might be a better option for you.

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What's the Right Size Desk for Me?

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Standing Figure

Sitting

Standing

  • Your eyes should fall about 2 inches from the top of the monitor to prevent neck pain.
  • The height of your desk should allow your hands to sit flat on the keyboard.
  • Your elbows should bend at a 90 degree angle and rest close to the body.
  • To find your ideal desk height, take your height in inches and divide it by 2.5. So if you are 5'9'', the ideal desk height is 27.5 inches.
  • When you're standing, you should be able to type with your elbows at your sides, and your forearms slightly angled down towards the floor.
  • Your monitor should be eye level.
  • Elbows should be close to the body and the keyboard should be around hip level so the hands are at the height of the elbows, or slightly lower. That means that the tabletop should be roughly at or slightly below elbow height.

Discover the Right Desk For You

Desk Desk
Summer Retreat (by Braxton Culler)
818-058
Westend Desk Westend Desk
Mesa (by Century)
709-762
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Latitude (by Stanley Furniture)
927-65-03
Dylan Demilune Desk Dylan Demilune Desk
Greystone (by Sligh)
250-402
Chloe Writing Desk Chloe Writing Desk
Greystone (by Sligh)
250-412
Writing Table Writing Table
Chelsea Club (by Century)
36H-763
Desk Desk
Aura (by Opus Designs)
756-10-331
Desk Desk
Xavier (by Samuel Lawrence)
S556-414
Desk with Hutch Desk with Hutch
Riverwood (by Samuel Lawrence)
s466-414+413
Desk with USB Port Desk with USB Port
Granite Falls (by Samuel Lawrence)
S462-414
Desk with USB Port Desk with USB Port
River Creek (by Samuel Lawrence)
S496-414
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Studio Designs (by Sligh)
100NL-405
3 Drawer Desk 3 Drawer Desk
Shaker (by Lang)
SHA-70-345
Executive Desk Executive Desk
Sloane (by Riverside Furniture)
77831
Andrea Writing Desk Andrea Writing Desk
Miramar Aventura (by Hooker Furniture)
6202-10458-DKW
Executive Desk Executive Desk
Oxford (by Aspenhome)
I07-303-WBR
Short Modern Wooden Writing Desk Short Modern Wooden Writing Desk
Curata (by Hooker Furniture)
1600-10468-DKW
Single Pedestal Desk Single Pedestal Desk
Elon (by Hooker Furniture)
1650-10164+246+104-mwd
60-Inch Writing Desk 60-Inch Writing Desk
Sanctuary (by Hooker Furniture)
3002-10458
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Seven Seas (by Hooker Furniture)
436-10-158
Boerne Ranch Managers Desk Boerne Ranch Managers Desk
Hill Country (by Hooker Furniture)
5960-10482-MULTI
Credenza Desk Credenza Desk
Myra (by Riverside Furniture)
59521
Executive Desk Executive Desk
Myra (by Riverside Furniture)
59520
Executive Desk Executive Desk
Leesburg (by Hooker Furniture)
5381-10562
Bennett X-Base Writing Desk Bennett X-Base Writing Desk
Mélange (by Hooker Furniture)
638-50003
Curved Executive Desk Curved Executive Desk
Hawthorne (by Aspenhome)
I26-303-1
Corner Desk and Hutch Corner Desk and Hutch
Terrace Point (by Aspenhome)
i221-370c+ch
Belle Grove 60-Inch Desk Belle Grove 60-Inch Desk
Belle Grove (by Hooker Furniture)
060-10-460
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Tynecastle (by Hooker Furniture)
5323-10459
Drawer Desk Drawer Desk
Brookhaven (by Hooker Furniture)
281-10-401
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Waverly (by Riverside Furniture)
49731
60 60" Half-Ped Desk
Weston (by Aspenhome)
I35-371
Architect Desk Architect Desk
Studio Home (by Hammary)
166-940
Mirrored Writing Desk Mirrored Writing Desk
Home Office (by Hooker Furniture)
5281-10458
Trestle Desk Trestle Desk
Reclamation Place (by Hammary)
523-940
66 66" Writing Desk
Sheffield (by Aspenhome)
I39-360WD
Adjustable Lift Desk Adjustable Lift Desk
Harper Point (by Aspenhome)
iuab-301+ihp360t-fsl
Computer Desk Computer Desk
Hamilton/Franklin (by Vaughan Bassett)
BB5-778B
Desk Desk
Reclamation Place (by Hammary)
523-943
Home Office Desk Home Office Desk
Tyler Creek (by Signature Design by Ashley)
H736-44
Writing Desk Writing Desk
Myra (by Riverside Furniture)
59522
Computer Cabinet Computer Cabinet
Brookhaven (by Hooker Furniture)
281-10-309
Home Office Desk Home Office Desk
Camiburg (by Signature Design by Ashley)
H283-14
Home Office Small Desk Home Office Small Desk
Horatio (by Signature Design by Ashley)
Z1610999
Home Office Large Leg Desk Home Office Large Leg Desk
Luxenford (by Signature Design by Ashley)
H741-44
Home Office Desk Home Office Desk
Starmore (by Signature Design by Ashley)
H633-27
Lady's Writing Desk Lady's Writing Desk
Borghese (by Bassett Mirror)
8311-579

For more advice on buying office furniture check out our Office Chair Buying Guide


Not in the market for a desk? No problem!
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Anything can become a desk if you're creative enough. Here's some ideas for an instant work surface:

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