Table of Contents
- 1 Willa Arlo Interiors Dayne Desk
- 2 Wrought Studio Syrna Ladder Desk
- 3 Upper Square Babbin Height Adjustable Desk
- 4 Room and Board Catalog Office Desk
- 5 Langley Street Carlton Task Chair
- 6 Channeled Suede Office Chair
- 7 Thayer Tub Office Chair
- 8 Runa Swivel Office Chair
- 9 Poppin 2-Drawer File Cabinet
- 10 Bisley 8-Drawer Filing Cabinet
- 11 Teal Three-Tier Rolling Cart
- 12 nuLOOM Tammara Braided Rug
- 13 nuLOOM Vasilki Moroccan Tassel Shag Rug
- 14 Mercury Row Stach Geometric Rug
- 15 Globe Electric Pratt Desk Lamp
- 16 Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp
- 17 Foundstone Shania Desk Lamp
- 18 Umbra Barnwood Treela Trash Can
- 19 Umbra Porcelain Table Vase Set
- 20 Poppin Super Stacked Desk Tray
These days, having a comfortable at-home workspace is a priority. And, considering how many hours of the day are spent in front of a laptop, it’s well worth investing in pieces to create a space that’s not only comfortable but also looks nice. But for anyone whose work-from-home setup is a dining table and folding chair or a makeshift desk, creating a home office that’s both practical and attractive can be a challenge.
Here’s the good news: You don’t necessarily need a lot of room to do it. Myriad space-saving options are out there, from ladder desks that look great in the living room to desks that are compact enough for an office nook, but can be easily tucked away into a hall closet. Office chairs covered in rich-looking fabric like velvet or suede are stylish enough to be the centerpiece of a room, and accessories like rolling file cabinets and design-forward task lamps take care of clutter and lighting needs.
Here are our top picks for attractive home office upgrades. From essential pieces to nice-to-have extras, they’re ones that will work with a range of décor to suit all styles and tastes.
Willa Arlo Interiors Dayne Desk
This elegant campaign-style writing desk will elevate the look of any home office — and it’s an especially smart pick if you’ve had a makeshift workspace in a living room or bedroom and are ready for an upgrade. Made from solid and manufactured wood, the desk is done in black, with a metal base and hardware that have a luminescent gold finish. The two front drawers are spacious and glide smoothly on metal tracks.
“A great and stylish desk!” says a five-star reviewer. “It was easy to put together, very sturdy and the perfect size for my office. I couldn’t be happier!
Wrought Studio Syrna Ladder Desk
Part bookcase, part desk, this excellent, space-saving option is a substantial piece of furniture with presence. Styled with two contrasting finishes, the desk has one draw and cubby, and two shelves, with enough space to hold everything from books and files to picture frames and decorative pottery. It’s crafted from wood laminate, and the ladder frame is angled at the top to sit flush with the wall. There are also five different color options available, so it can match pretty seamlessly with most furnishings.
“I love the space saving feature of this desk!” says a happy customer. “It’s chic and fits in well with my current decor!
Upper Square Babbin Height Adjustable Desk
Any wellness expert will attest to the merit of an adjustable-height desk. Standing for part of the workday increases circulation and can ward off late-afternoon energy slumps. This piece gets rave reviews for high quality, ergonomic design and thoughtful extras. It can be individually programmed to three different settings using the lighted control panel, and customers say that it raises and lowers quietly. The metal desk has a glass top that doubles as a dry-erase board, a narrow front drawer, plus a built-in USB port and cable management.
“I rarely get around to writing full blown reviews on items, but honestly this is one of the best purchases I have ever made,” says a recent customer. “The motor works flawlessly. The presets, lock button, and built in charging ports are great features for a standing desk.”
Room and Board Catalog Office Desk
With sleek lines and minimalist design, this office desk makes a statement — particular in bright tangerine, scarlet or sapphire — without dominating the rest of a room’s décor. The desk’s sturdy steel frame is powder-coated, giving it a smooth, durable finish that’s easy to clean. Plus, it’s available in a bevy of colors and two sizes.
“ABSOLUTELY love this desk,” says one enthusiastic reviewer. “It is multi-functional [and] when I am not using it as a desk I can clear it and use it to put appetizers or other things on it when I have a party/gathering at my home. The size of it is perfect for my smaller space. Highly recommended.”
Langley Street Carlton Task Chair
This swivel task chair takes cues from classic midcentury-modern design, with grained, honey-colored wood set against black faux leather upholstery. Attractive and comfortable, it features a curved seat and back and a gleaming chrome base with casters, plus the lever to adjust the height is easy to reach. The chair gets an average 4.7 rating from more than 850 customers, with several attesting to its quality.
“I love, love love this chair!” says one enthusiastic customer “Easy to assemble, very modern and sleek, extremely comfortable. Buy it!
“The faux leather is very high quality,” agrees another five-star reviewer. “The entire piece is very streamlined and elegant. Love it.”
Channeled Suede Office Chair
This uber stylish office chair, done in gorgeous caramel suede, has channeling in front and a tight upholstered back, set on a brushed brass base with casters. Other highlights include a deep seat, gently sloped sides and gas-lift height adjustment. Designed by Mark Daniel of Slate Design, the chair also comes in cream or emerald velvet.
“Working from home prompted me to splurge on a comfortable chair and this one fits the bill,” says a five-star reviewer. “Super firm but comfortable cushion and so freaking beautiful! It really is a mini statement piece in my living room. So happy!”
Thayer Tub Office Chair
Upholstered in a rich-looking, pewter textured velvet, this swivel chair has a similar silhouette to CB2’s, but more contemporary in style. It also has gas-lift height adjustment, along with a relaxed barrel back and a black nickel-plated base is made of iron.
“Looks stylish and quite comfy,” says a recent customer who gives it five stars. “Purchased to make WFH a little more bearable.”
Runa Swivel Office Chair
For a sleek, ergonomic with minimalistic style, look no further than this piece from Room and Board. The swivel chair has a flexible back and a foam seat of varying density, firmer at the rear for more support and softer in front to cushion legs. The height adjusts and it has high-quality casters that glide easily on hardwood and carpeted floors. It comes in three shades — white, gray and black.
“The design lends itself to any style,” says a recent five-star reviewer. [It’s] clean, simple, attractive, and comfortable. It was also very easy to put together.”
Poppin 2-Drawer File Cabinet
Poppin, known for its candy-hued, stylish office accessories, is the maker of this file cabinet, which gets high marks for form and function. It has attractive rounded corners, and is constructed of steel with a soothing sage-green and off-white powder-coated finish. Two locking file drawers can accommodate letter- or legal-size documents, and at two feet tall, it can tuck neatly under most desktops. It comes assembled, and casters can be purchased separately.
“I looked everywhere for a file cabinet that was modern and stylish yet affordable,” says one satisfied customer. “This cabinet is sturdy and perfect to keep the home office looking clean and very functional.”
Another five-star reviewer agrees: “Get it. This is the best filing cabinet I’ve ever had (years of corporate work, home cabinets, etc. gave me a lot of experience with using them.) It’s sturdy, well made, smartly laid out and fits perfectly under my standard desk.”
Bisley 8-Drawer Filing Cabinet
Here’s another smart-looking file cabinet, this one made by Bisley. It’s an investment piece that’s built to last, with welded all-steel construction, drawers on metal gliders, and a glossy powder-coated finish. This model has eight drawers in a range of sizes, from super-shallow on top to three bottom drawers large enough for letter-size files, plus chrome handles designed to hold labels. It also comes fully assembled.
“Bisley never disappoints!” says an enthusiastic reviewer. “Quality, style, and functionality galore. Using to house my office supplies when working from home.”
“Everything I expected!” says another. “I’m so organized now. The unit is very sturdy and the drawers slide easily.”
Teal Three-Tier Rolling Cart
This rolling cart is extremely versatile, with an open design that allows for a multitude of storage possibilities. It’s made of steel and has deep, mesh-bottom trays that can hold letter- and legal-size documents. With industrial design details, a lovely teal finish, and an excellent price point, you can’t go wrong. Locking casters are a major bonus.
“I absolutely love this cart,” says one recent happy customer. “It’s so pretty and very sturdy! I also love how easy it was to assemble it only took a few mins. I can wait to buy more!”
nuLOOM Tammara Braided Rug
Adding a small rug to an office can warm up the space and is an easy way to add a pop of color. Handmade in India, this rainbow-hued rug will do just that. It’s a half-inch thick, woven with multicolored cotton strips and stitched with red thread in a zig-zag pattern. It’s available in three colors and several sizes, and gets an average 4.7 stars from more than 1,200 customers.
“Seriously love this rug,” says one five-star reviewer. “The colors are bright and vibrant. This is not a country braided round rug. It’s modern and fresh. I’m so happy with my purchase.”
nuLOOM Vasilki Moroccan Tassel Shag Rug
This deep-pile shag rug is more than an inch thick, with a soft synthetic weave that feels plush underfoot and finished with braided tassels at either end. It’s machine-made in Turkey, and it comes in several colors and sizes. More than 1,000 reviewers give it a 5-star rating, and several customers note that it’s easy to clean and doesn’t shed.
“I really did my research before selecting this rug, and I’m happy to report that I love it,” says a satisfied reviewer. “It is soft, it does not shed, the colors are true to the photographs, and the style is great.”
Mercury Row Stach Geometric Rug
Mercury Row makes high-design furniture and home accessories for prices that won’t break the bank. Case-in-point with this hand-tufted, loop-pile rug, crafted from 100 percent wool. Made in India, it has a striking geometric pattern, and at a half-inch thick, it’s more plush than a dhurrie but just as easy to maintain. It’s available in other sizes and colors, including navy and a pretty dove gray.
“Gorgeous and graphically pleasing, this rug has held up so well,” says one pleased customer. “I’m reviewing this a few years after I initially purchased and it still looks like new. Spots come off with a damp towel, and it vacuums up so nicely. I’m very happy with this purchase and would recommend it!”
Globe Electric Pratt Desk Lamp
This lamp offers tons of style for a steal. It has a midcentury-modern look with a matte brass finish, and the height adjusts from 14 to 18 inches, which makes it just the right size to tuck into the corner of a desk. Another plus is that it works with an incandescent 60-watt bulb or LED.
“The lamp is the perfect addition to my home office!” says one enthusiast five-star reviewer. “Not too big, not too small!
“Amazing quality lamp, great value for the price,” says another. “The legs are nice and sturdy and the finish of the gold is beautiful. Looks higher end than it is!”
Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp
This articulated desk lamp also delivers high style for a reasonable price point, with clean and modern Scandi-inspired design. There’s serious attention to detail: a black-and-white braided cord covers the wire, which threads down the arm and is exposed through cutouts in the wood. And form follows function, too, as it adjusts in three places and has a slim, space-saving base.
“This looks great in our new streamlined home office,” says a happy customer, who gave it five stars. “Love the quality and Scandinavian design influence!”
Foundstone Shania Desk Lamp
This minimalist-chic desk lamp works with a wide range of décor, with a gumdrop fixture and an attractive curved metal base that has a small footprint. Its silhouette may be slight, but it’s sturdy and more substantial than it looks. Choose from all-white or gold, and the included LED bulb is a nice perk.
“Excellent quality!” says one enthusiastic reviewer. “My expectations were exceeded. Looks fabulous with our new desk with gold handles. It is heavy which means it won’t tip over.”
Umbra Barnwood Treela Trash Can
Small design touches go a long way in an office. Time to toss that generic looking waste bin and swap it out for this smart-looking trash can from Umbra. It’s constructed of metal and covered in an attractive wood laminate, which will add warmth and texture to your setup.
“These lightweight trash cans are beautiful,” says a five-star reviewer. “They look great in my office next to my wood desk.”
Umbra Porcelain Table Vase Set
Add some greenery to your workday with these eye-catching vases, also from Umbra. They’re the perfect size for succulents and single-stem flowers, and the ceramic containers slip out of the metal frames for easy watering. No green thumb? No problem: they double as a desk accessory for pens and pencils. Sold in a set of two, they come in white with a plated brass base and white-on-white in addition to the black and brass that’s shown.
“These are so pretty and it feels like they were made just for my office,” says one pleased customer who gave them five stars.
Poppin Super Stacked Desk Tray
Store office supplies in style and stay organized with this lacquered desk tray from the design-savvy folks at Poppin. It can be arranged in multiple configurations to suit your needs, and acts as a catchall for everything from loose papers and Post-Its to paper clips and pens. Go for the bright aqua to jazz up your desk, or choose from neutral white or dark gray.
“I love that you can take this apart and set it up in the way that you need!” says an enthusiastic five-star reviewer. “The color is vibrant, and it fits all of my office supplies.”