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Stylist Picks: The Best Budget-Friendly Home Office Chairs

So, you’ve been working from home for months now—with no change in sight. Hopefully by now you’ve invested in a real desk instead of just working from your dining room table and sofa! (If not, check out our stylist’s picks of best home office desks.) But now it might be time to get some other home office furniture—like a real office chair to go with your desk.

A dedicated office chair is actually one of our top working from home tips, since it helps your workspace be more ergonomic and aids in creating a distinct workspace within your home.

However, a quick internet search will show you that desk chairs can be astronomically expensive! But when looking for home office design ideas, just remember that a good-looking and comfortable desk chair doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, our stylists rounded up their favorite budget-friendly desk chairs.

Keep reading for the best home office chairs in the Modsy catalogue for those on a budget!

Adjustable Desk Chair, Cooper Furniture

This desk chair is comfortable and practical in style. It’s more of the traditional corporate office chair style, and it definitely values comfort and ergonomics over style. But, with that, it’s great for anyone who sits at a desk for long bouts of time. Its multi-channel seat back and gently molded seat offer lower back lumbar support, and cushioned arm rests mean comfort while typing all day long!

Why We Love It:

We love how this brown leather chair feels timeless and traditional—but that it’s also super comfortable. Plus, it’s on wheels for easy mobility around your office and offers adjustable seat height for customization.

The Price: $269

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Lewiston Office Chair, Ciro Modern

This modern office chair is lightweight and stylish. With a cushioned seat, adjustable seat height, and cater wheels, it has everything you need in budget desk chairs. And with its simple and streamlined style, it’s great for industrial and modern spaces.

Why We Love It:

This is a great style of chair for small home offices, since it has a smaller frame and is visually less heavy than other styles. Plus, though it has a fairly simple design, it’s definitely still on-trend—a reminder that practicality and style aren’t mutually exclusive!

The Price: $259

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Tufted Office Chair, Ciro Modern

Want to add a bit of personality to your home office, while still focusing on comfort? Try this fun and comfy office chair with pinkish-red tufted upholstery. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also has that element of practicality. This is a fun style for those who have a glam home office—the best office chair in our catalogue for a glam look on a budget!

Why We Love It:

When thinking through the best color schemes for home offices, this chair is a great way to add a pop of color to your home office while maintaining a sophisticated vibe. And we love that it’s so plush and comfortable for long work days!

The Price: $209

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Barry Armchair, Ciro Modern

For a more sophisticated look, opt for a stationary desk chair (aka no wheels). This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a dining room chair though. This cheap desk chair has a deep and cozy frame that allows you to really sink into it and focus on work.

Why We Love It:

We love the light brown faux leather upholstery paired with sculptural legs. It creates a sleek and modern look that would fit into many different office styles.

The Price: $199

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Channel Desk Chair, Ciro Modern

The ribbed, cushioned seat and back of this office chair create a very sleek and modern look, indeed. As does the white faux leather finish. But this chair isn’t just about the good looks. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also offers customization for optimal comfort.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the classiest and best office chairs in the bunch. We love the shape of this chair, with its sloped arm rests. It has a modern but neutral look, that would be at home in any transitional, modern, or minimalist office.

The Price: $229

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Pinecrest Office Chair, Skylr

This office chair offers a unique take on the traditional caster wheel desk chair. Inspired by Scandinavian style, with an industrial flair, its sleek form—with a low back and deep seat—make all-day sitting more comfortable.

Why We Love It:

The creamy upholstery in faux leather is so easy to clean—so no need to worry about coffee spills! And we love the brass base and cladding on the side, which gives this chair a trendy look with a touch of glam!

The Price: $339

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Alanya Bungie Office Chair, Luna Modern

This funky modern desk chair feels lightweight with its bungie seating and backing—and offers natural ventilation for hot summer days! Adjustable seat height and caster wheels allow for customization and mobility. And, since it doesn’t have arms, you can push it fully under the desk when not in use—a great space-saver for small home office designs!

Why We Love It:

We love the simple but comfy design of this office chair. And it comes in four mod colors so you can personalize the style to your space.

The Price: $249

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Venice Studio Task Chair, CB2

This elegant and minimal stationary task chair is shaped somewhat like a dining chair, but offers significantly more cushion and lower back lumbar support. The low, sloping arms also give support and comfort while working, and the tapered legs give it that mid-century modern vibe.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the best office chairs out there if you have an eye for style and for your budget. Because of its style, this faux leather chair is both chic and super versatile. It’s perfect for a desk, but can also be pulled into your living room or dining room when you need extra seating.

The Price: $299

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Homestead Office Chair, Skylr

Black and gold are a classic combo. But that’s only one of the reasons this sleek desk chair is so great. With a compact design, caster wheels, and a black faux leather finish, it’s a statement piece while still being functional.

Why We Love It:

This chair has a sense of glamour to it. We love its streamlined frame that gives a sleek look to any modern or glam home office.

The Price: $319

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New Home Furniture Buying Guide: Where to Skimp vs. Splurge When Furnishing Your New Space

So you just bought a new home. Congratulations! A new home, whether it’s your first home or you’re simply moving somewhere new, is a big and exciting venture. And it’s also an opportunity to design a home you love, from scratch!

But you also just bought a house—so you may not have a ton of cash to spend on filling your whole home with fancy new furniture. Though you also don’t want to wait to purchase everything and end up living out of boxes for months with no place to sit! Trust us, there’s a middle road, and it involves making some purchases now and holding off on others until you’re more settled in and have time to save up more money.

Since buying furniture can be quite the endeavor, we polled our designers to get their take on what to invest in right away, where you can skimp, and what to buy over time. Without further ado, here’s our new home furniture buying guide!

The Furniture to Buy Right Away

There are certain pieces of furniture that our designers recommend buying right away, so you have them from the get-go in your new home. These pieces will help make your home more comfortable and give you some interior design ideas to help define the style of the space.

Sofa

A sofa is a piece of furniture that gets heavy use. As the central object in your living room, it’s a piece around which you can build your entire room. Because of that, it’s a great piece to buy right away—and don’t be afraid to splurge. A sofa isn’t just a trendy style piece; it’s a versatile piece of furniture, and an investment that will last for years. So, make sure you buy one that you really love! Wondering what type of sofa you should buy? Check out our guide on the benefits of a sofa vs. sectional.

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Media Cabinet

The other big piece of furniture you’ll want to invest in right away is a media cabinet. Having a place to safely house your TV and electronics is a must! This is another piece that can last for years—perhaps even longer than a sofa, since it doesn’t endure as much daily wear and tear. As a possible focal point in your living room, give plenty of thought into the style of the cabinet you choose—and make sure it’s the right size for your TV. With its longevity and style status in your living room, think of a media cabinet as an investment and be willing to spend a little extra money on it.

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Window Coverings

Unless you don’t mind your neighbors seeing right into your house at night, be sure to buy window treatments right away! This is one thing you can buy cheap right away and upgrade later. But, if you’re ready, you can also just go for the splurge! If you’re ready to buy a long-term solution, opt for drapes and shades. Otherwise, you could always just buy some Ikea curtains or even tape up some butcher paper for an immediate solution!

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The Furniture to Hold on Purchasing

With any home, regardless of budget, there are a few things you probably want to hold off on purchasing until you’re more settled in and have a good grasp on the style and feel of your home. Here’s what our designers suggest holding off on for a while.

Art

Art can make or break a space. That’s why we’re big believers in waiting to fill your new home with art, and take your time finding the perfect pieces for your space. Original artwork, or even large-scale prints, tend to be pricier. But quality art is an investment worth making, especially when it can directly support the artist who made it! And the great thing about art is that, if you already have a piece in mind, you can build your whole room around it. But you can also do the opposite and find artwork that suits the space that you’ve already created.

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Rugs

Rugs can be tricky—not only is it important to find one in the colors and style that will best suit your space, but you also want to find the best size for your space! With all that in mind, it’s best to wait until you’ve been in your home for a bit before you buy a rug. That way, you’ll get a feel for how you’ll use the space (which will influence the material and pile of rug you choose) and will help you determine the size you need. Rugs can be expensive—so this can feel like a splurge regardless. But waiting also gives you time to save up for the rug of your dreams!

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Small Decor

Want some tips on how to decorate a room? We’ll start here: Don’t clutter up your new space with cheap knick knacks and random decor! Instead, buy small decor over time, and take on a curator’s mindset. Find decorative objects you truly love, and thoughtfully create collections on your shelves and surfaces rather than just filling your space with cheap stuff for the sake of filling out shelves.

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The Furniture to Buy Cheap and Replace Later

There are some things you’ll need right away to keep yourself from living out of suitcases and boxes and make your home more comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you have to blow a bunch of money to fill your space. Below, we’re covering the pieces of furniture that you can buy on the cheap now and upgrade later.

Clothing Storage

Clothing storage is absolutely essential. But dressers and closet systems can be quite expensive! So, either use something you already have for the time being, or buy some inexpensive clothing storage right away. Then, over time, save money and give yourself time to find the perfect dresser later on! A quality dresser is something that will last a long time, so it’s worth the wait and the eventual investment.

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Side Tables

You need side tables as a surface for books, drinks, lamps, and more—but finding the perfect pair takes time. For now, buy some inexpensive side tables that are simple and practical, then splurge on a set that perfectly embodies your style later on!

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Bookcases

Bookcases—whether in a living room, office, or children’s room—are important pieces to house books, toys, office supplies, and decorative objects. So, you may need one or two right away to help with organization throughout your home. So, buy an inexpensive bookcase at first, then upgrade to something more substantial once you find the right piece and have the budget for it. This will also give you time to gauge where you want to place your bookcases, which will help you determine the size and style you want!

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Sofa Buying Guide: Should You Skimp or Splurge on a New Sofa?

So, you’re on the hunt to buy a new sofa. Congratulations! Depending on how far you’ve gotten in your search for your couch, you might have discovered that shopping for furniture isn’t always simple. In fact, finding the right sofa or couch for your living room design is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime (or at least a few years) of happiness together.

The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more). Not to mention it should be a price that doesn’t break the bank.

All that to say, enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.

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While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much money you should spend on one.

Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?

Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, taking up a new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much to spend on a new sofa.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Sofa

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Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa, especially if you’re not even sure what the average cost of a sofa is. A good place to start is getting familiar with some average price ranges for couches and sofas.

Average Cost of Sofas:

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: We’d consider anything above two grand to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

 

Question 2: How Nomadic are You?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half-decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

 

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Question 3: Are You into Trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time. Depending on what you think of trends, here’s what we’d recommend for your next couch.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year. Instead, consider incorporating that velvet trend into a few pillows.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

 

Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear. Be sure to factor your real and fur babies into the equation when buying a piece of furniture.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain-resistant fabric or with a slipcover that you can easily toss in the wash. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

 

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Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?

Just like your mattress, if you use your couch a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or your living room revolves around TV-viewing, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive and mid-range sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.

 

Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home with our 3D designs.

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