As the saying goes, there is an office chair for every desk. What? That's not a saying? No matter, it's still the truth! The trouble is finding two that work well together. To save you some time, we pulled together five perfect pairings to get your home office in shipshape before school starts this year. Regardless of style or budget, we've got a combo for you.
With Labor Day just around the corner, school will soon be back in session, and there are lots of stylish options, whether you're hitting the books this Fall or simply need a smart way to integrate desk space into your home. We've rounded up 11 solid choices that reflect a variety of design sensibilities. See what we have in store, from midcentury-modern selections to a more romantic antique styles.
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With the long awaited return of Mad Men on the horizon, I'm eagerly anticipating oodles of '60s-era modern furniture and decor delights every week. In particular, I'm curious about the look of the offices in season five, and in particular the desks. I've rounded up two gorgeous walnut desks that introduce color into the design that would be absolutely welcome in the set design for this season of Mad Men.The first desk I'm in serious love with is the Swag Leg Desk by Herman Miller ($2,000). Available through Room & Board, this desk was designed by George Nelson in 1958 for Herman Miller. Built out of solid walnut and chrome, its small size allows you to tuck it into a corner of your bedroom or use it in a studio space. The big pops of color on the desk's lacquer shelf area, however, will always ensure that it makes a statement.
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I'm a sucker for an x-based base on almost anything that will stand, really, and Horchow's Lucille writing desk ($2,499) is no exception. The look is a fusion of contemporary and traditional, which I love. Natural, lime-oak finish seems to add a bit of soul to the clean silhouette. Still, the price point is a little hard to swallow. I was thrilled to find a look-alike at a much more affordable price.
When floor space is a luxury (I'm right there with you, studio and small-home dwellers), a big desk doesn't make sense. And sometimes, even a diminutive desk still takes up too much room. That's why wall-mounted desks are such a smart solution. Not only do they provide a great work surface, they also prevent floor clutter from extraneous furniture from building up. When they're not used, you can simply tuck away your laptop and work papers and add a vase or potted plant to the desktop, essentially creating an eye-catching shelf where a desk once stood. There are some great designs on the market, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you — one that's a major splurge, one that's more reasonably priced, and a third that will require some power tools. Let's get started!
My personal favorite wall-mounted desk is the Ledge Wall-Mounted Desk ($1,500). Made in Seattle, WA, this gorgeous little desk was designed by Trey Jones and Darin Montgomery, and can serve as a wall-mounted multifunctional furniture system. Put it to work as a secretary desk, a media cabinet, or a shelf with hidden storage. With a pullout workstation and writing table, cord management system, pencil tray, and drawer, it's got you covered, however you choose to use it. The Ledge desk is made from solid walnut with a hand-rubbed oil and wax finish, and is simply beautiful.
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Even if you're lucky enough to have an extra bedroom in your home, sometimes that space is reserved for other things besides a home office, such as a guest room or crafting space. That's why it's a good idea to designate a home office "corner" in another room of your house. Even homes with relatively small footprints can devote some wall space to a home office. The key is to keep the look streamlined. Use a desk with a thin profile, and choose a chair that can be tucked in, or even underneath, the desk. Keep clutter to a minimum by hiding away office supplies when they're not in use, and keep files tucked into a drawer or nearby cabinet. Not only can a home office corner enhance the look of a room, it's also likely to increase your productivity — or at least help you to get those pesky bills paid on time.
Last month was an interesting month for me . . . life changing, you might say. Long story short, I quit my full-time job to pursue my dream: being a full-time, freelance writer. Along with the many changes that accompanied this decision, it become quite obvious that I needed a desk. One can hardly work from home without a proper workspace.
With a limited budget, however, finding affordable, functional, and chic office gear was more difficult than I had initially thought. Naturally, I was up to the challenge! To find out what I ended up buying, please visit Kitchen Couture, a blog for fashionable foodies who love a good bargain!
I used to work from home and needed a good space to focus and research restaurants, so I needed a desk in my room. A nice shiny white lacquered desk is my favorite. I also am very fond of a freshly painted white bamboo antique desk. I hated the idea of making my room look business-like so I made sure my desk also worked as a side table and incorporated it into the feel of my bedroom.
I bought the white glossy Parsons desk, and I put all of my picture frames, pen holder and lamps on a tray, which is a very organized and stylish way of organizing your desk. I made sure my chair was comfortable and added a white shag rug to the back and texture with my basket filled with files. The foo dogs add a hint of playfulness and color to organize table books.