After a few months of working from home with no end in sight, we’ve pretty much worked from every place imaginable in our home, from our couch to our dining table to our beds. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to invest in a more permanent home office.

When it comes to designing a workspace in the home, having foundational furniture that serves your needs is essential. That means prioritizing practicality with your furniture picks, like a comfy desk chair that also has a swivel base and open bookshelves that are tall but slender. Additionally, you’ll get more mileage out of a functional office desk that gives you lots of surface space and storage than a super-stylish one that only has enough room for you to prop up your laptop. Then, once you’ve landed on your main pieces, you can layer in art, decor, and accents to liven up your office. The goal is to create a home office that’s both comfortable and inspires you to do your best work.

If you’re not sure where to start, read on for our list of home office furniture must-haves. And don’t forget to hop over to our gallery for more home office inspiration!

The Right Desk

It’s the most obvious furniture piece in every home office, but what’s important is finding one that’s right for you. While there’s no shortage of great desks for offices to choose from, you want one that has the best size, shape, and storage for your needs. Do you need a large desk for a monitor and keyboard? Or will a small writing desk for a laptop be enough? Or is one with drawers and built-in cubbies ideal? Focusing on these key factors will help you narrow down your options.

It’s a “must-have” because…

As WFH stretches on, some companies will likely consider getting rid of offices altogether, so  it’s time to make the move from your dining table to a real desk.

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A Comfortable Desk Chair

After months of WFH, you might have found that a dining chair (or your couch) just isn’t cutting it as a desk chair for eight-hour work days. Just like desks, comfy office chairs are a dime a dozen, so you want to find one that provides the right support for you. Some key things to consider might be whether you want one that swivels or one with casters. Maybe you prefer a chair without armrests. It’s all about whatever gives you the most comfort.

It’s a “must-have” because…

In any home office, this is the furniture piece that needs to work for your body and support you for hours on end. So it’s worth investing in a good one.

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Filing Cabinet

Filing cabinets aren’t what you would call stylish home office furniture, but what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in functional storage. If you don’t have tons of files and paperwork to stow away, you can still use it for books, electronics, stationery, and other office supplies. Consider one with wheels that’s easy to move around.

It’s a “must-have” because…

This is a highly practical storage piece that goes with any style of office furniture. A filing cabinet is also compact, so it can fit into virtually any size home office.

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Open Bookcases

Speaking of storage, a stylish alternative are tall open bookcases. We like to think of bookcases as a furniture staple in every home office because it provides tons of storage for books and decor, and it makes use of vertical space instead of floor space. Consider if an open bookcase is right for you or if a lower-maintenance credenza would be more suitable for your space.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Open bookcases are super versatile and they can be used in almost any room and go with any style home office furniture. You can easily repurpose them for your living or dining room later on.

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Analogue Clock

Once you have your big office furniture pieces, turn your attention to the smaller accents. Try adding an old school analogue clock to track time and help you stay focused. Studies have shown that checking the time on your phone can be dangerously distracting, so a clock can keep you from falling into an endless scroll. In addition to that, a clock can also add a vintage decor element to your home office.

It’s a “must-have” because…

It’s both functional and stylish, and the old-school element of a clock will blend seamlessly with modern and traditional furniture and accents alike.

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Small Organization Solutions

Aside from big office furniture pieces we also love baskets, bins, and consoles to help corral clutter. After all, your home office and the furniture you pick is only stylish if your space is also clutter-free. Take a cue from this console setup that’s perfect for a printer on top and boxes and baskets for cords and other knick knacks on the bottom..

It’s a “must-have” because…

More organization equals more order, which leads to a productive and inspiring workspace, especially if you’re outfitting a small home office space.

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Task Lighting

No matter the size of your home office space and style of furniture, ample lighting is key. In addition to overhead fixtures, also incorporate a task lamp on your desk that gives you good lighting during those late-night work sessions.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Evenly dispersed lighting will ensure your space is always well-lit. If you can, try to have a combination of table lamp, floor lamp, and overhead lighting.

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A Soothing Color Palette

You want to set the mood in your home office space with colors that motivate you to do your best work. A foolproof approach is to lean into soothing hues, like soft blues, crisp whites, textural neutrals and calming greens, which are also colors that work with virtually any style furniture. It’s all about whatever colors get you in the zone, so there’s no right or wrong here. Check out our guide to the best home office color schemes for a helpful place to start.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Colors that appeal to you will go a long way in helping you stay focused. Think about color pairings and combinations that will inspire productivity for you.

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Inspirational Art

Next up: Add inspiring artwork that you’ll enjoy looking at besides your computer screen, be it a landscape painting, an abstract print or a collection of family photos. The best part about captivating art is that it instantly livens up your office, filling out the wall space around your furniture pieces and giving the room a stylish focal point.

It’s a “must-have” because…

An inspiring artwork is what will truly bring your home office to life. It’s what personalizes your space and makes it feel truly yours.

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A Place To Take Breaks

We’re firm believers that taking breaks is important for productivity. So if you have the room, pull in additional furniture for the office and create a place where you can take a mental breather whenever you need one. This can be a reading nook with an armchair or a modern daybed that’s made for relaxing. Just be sure that it complements the rest of your home office furniture.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Your office shouldn’t be all work and no fun. Design your workspace as you would your bedroom, with furniture that’s comfortable and inviting. Then come up with a functional layout that works for you, like a play area if you have kids and want to keep an eye on them during the day.

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Plenty of Plants

We’ll say it one more time for the people in the back—plants make people happy! Some lush greenery always brings life and vibrancy to a home office, whether it’s a leafy tree, a hanging plant, or tiny potted succulents. We especially love plants with modern white furniture, but you can layer in greenery with any style home office furniture, naturally.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Plants can boost your mood (and your productivity). By adding a few of these photosynthesizing friends to your workspace, you’ll lift the ambiance and also freshen up the air in your workspace.

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