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What Furniture Do I Need to Work From Home?

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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

Writing Desk
Writing DeskPark Studio collection
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Writing Table
Writing TableAlder Shaker Tables collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Double Pedestal Desk
Double Pedestal DeskModular Home Office collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Right Wedge Desk
Right Wedge DeskModular Home Office collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
4 Drawer Desk
4 Drawer DeskModular Home Office collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Left Wedge Desk
Left Wedge DeskModular Home Office collection
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskModular Home Office collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
4 Drawer Desk
4 Drawer Desk Modular Home Office collection
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Executive Desk
Executive DeskExecutive Home Office collection
Special Order Approximately 5-7 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Adjustable Desk
Adjustable DeskNova Oak collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
66" Executive Desk
66" Executive DeskModern Loft collection
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Corner Desk
Corner DeskTerrace Point collection
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Desk
DeskTerrace Point collection
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66" Writing Desk
66" Writing Desk Sheffield collection
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60" Adjustable Desk
60" Adjustable DeskOxford collection
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Executive Desk
Executive Desk Oxford collection
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Lift Top Desk
Lift Top DeskHampton collection
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Adjustable Height Desk
Adjustable Height DeskTerrace Point collection
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60" Half-Ped Desk
60" Half-Ped Desk Weston collection
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74" Executive Desk
74" Executive DeskGrand Classic collection
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66" Exec Desk
66" Exec Desk Canfield collection
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50" Single Ped Desk
50" Single Ped DeskCanfield collection
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive DeskRichmond collection
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72" Credenza Desk
72" Credenza DeskModern Loft collection
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Counter Height Desk
Counter Height Desk Caraway collection
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66" Computer Desk
66" Computer DeskRichmond collection
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Executive Desk
Executive DeskTerrace Point collection
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Curved Executive Desk
Curved Executive DeskEssex collection
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Adjustable Desk
Adjustable DeskNova Alder collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
72" Writing Desk
72" Writing Desk Oxford collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Executive Desk
Executive DeskSheffield collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
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Lift Top Desk
Lift Top DeskCaraway collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Corner Desk and Hutch
Corner Desk and HutchTerrace Point collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
Curved Executive Desk
Curved Executive DeskHawthorne collection
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Executive Desk
Executive Desk Caraway collection
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive Desk Hampton collection
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Sofa Writing Table
Sofa Writing Table Tucker collection
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60" Half Pedestal Desk
60" Half Pedestal Desk Arcadia collection
Special Order Approximately 3-4 weeks if at stock at manufacturer's warehouse. Call store for details 618-233-0667.
72" Executive Desk
72" Executive DeskArcadia collection
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61" Half Ped Desk
61" Half Ped DeskCanfield collection
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive DeskWeston collection
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskButler Loft collection
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Desk
DeskHeritage collection
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskHeritage collection
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Desk
DeskMetalworks collection
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Secretary
SecretaryPlantation Cherry collection
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Secretary
SecretarySmithsonian collection
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskMasterpiece collection
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Writing Dek
Writing DekMasterpiece collection
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskTables collection
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For more advice on buying office furniture check out our Office Chair Buying Guide


Not in the market for a desk? No problem!
Transform your existing furniture into a desk or DIY one

Anything can become a desk if you're creative enough. Here's some ideas for an instant work surface:

Floating desk with computer on top