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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

  • 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

Lift Desk with Outlets and USB Ports
Lift Desk with Outlets and USB PortsOxford collection
List: $2,180.00
Belfort: $1,399.00
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Home Office Desk
Home Office DeskStarmore collection
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Belfort: $499.00
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72" Writing Desk
72" Writing Desk Oxford collection
List: $1,310.00
Belfort: $849.00
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Adjustable Lift Desk
Adjustable Lift DeskHarper Point collection
List: $2,315.00
Belfort: $1,499.00
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive DeskRichmond collection
List: $2,615.00
Belfort: $1,699.00
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive DeskWeston collection
List: $1,930.00
Belfort: $1,199.00
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Desk
Desk Harper Point collection
List: $2,125.00
Belfort: $1,379.00
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Desk
Desk Madison collection
List: $768.00
Belfort: $529.00
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Writing Table
Writing TableAlder Shaker Tables collection
List: $615.00
Belfort: $449.00
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Leg Desk
Leg DeskHome Office collection
List: $1,319.00
Belfort: $909.00
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Console/Laptop Desk
Console/Laptop DeskSequel 20 collection
List: $1,700.00
Belfort: $1,258.00
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Home Office DeskStarmore collection
List: $519.00
Belfort: $379.00
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Counter Height Desk
Counter Height Desk Caraway collection
List: $2,530.00
Belfort: $1,639.00
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Credenza Desk
Credenza Desk Harper Point collection
List: $2,630.00
Belfort: $1,699.00
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Gaming Desk
Gaming DeskBarolli collection
List: $899.00
Belfort: $499.00
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Palladium Writing Desk
Palladium Writing DeskMélange collection
List: $1,493.00
Belfort: $1,029.00
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Dreamer Desk
Dreamer DeskComing Home collection
List: $665.00
Belfort: $449.00
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Writing DeskAlder Shaker Tables collection
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Belfort: $449.00
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DeskCountryside collection
List: $315.00
Belfort: $215.00
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Activity Table/DeskBunkhouse collection
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Belfort: $539.00
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Laptop Desk
Laptop DeskBungalow collection
List: $993.00
Belfort: $695.00
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Belfort: $659.00
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List: $730.50
Belfort: $489.00
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60" Writing Desk
60" Writing DeskBoca collection
List: $885.00
Belfort: $655.00
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Single Pedestal Desk
Single Pedestal DeskElon collection
List: $2,577.00
Belfort: $1,777.00
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskTynecastle collection
List: $2,290.00
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66" Executive Desk
66" Executive Desk Hampton collection
List: $2,565.00
Belfort: $1,659.00
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List: $1,587.00
Belfort: $1,079.00
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Two Drawer Desk
Two Drawer DeskCoast to Coast Accents collection
List: $1,100.00
Belfort: $549.00
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Writing Desk5681-10 collection
List: $1,507.00
Belfort: $1,039.00
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Power Desk
Power DeskRollins collection
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Large Writing Desk
Large Writing DeskModular Home Office collection
List: $905.00
Belfort: $659.00
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57in. Power Lift Desk
57in. Power Lift DeskBoca collection
List: $1,650.00
Belfort: $1,219.00
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Elon Corner Desk
Elon Corner DeskElon collection
List: $478.00
Belfort: $329.00
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Executive Desk
Executive Desk Oxford collection
List: $1,965.00
Belfort: $1,269.00
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Home Office Desk
Home Office DeskBolanburg collection
List: $549.00
Belfort: $349.00
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Leg Desk
Leg DeskHome Office collection
List: $1,058.00
Belfort: $729.00
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Two Drawer Writing Desk
Two Drawer Writing DeskCoast to Coast Accents collection
List: $800.00
Belfort: $399.00
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Executive Desk
Executive Desk Caraway collection
List: $2,230.00
Belfort: $1,449.00
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Executive Desk
Executive DeskTynecastle collection
List: $4,074.00
Belfort: $2,809.00
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Home Office Large Leg Desk
Home Office Large Leg DeskLuxenford collection
List: $699.00
Belfort: $399.00
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Writing Desk
Writing DeskProvence collection
List: $1,350.00
Belfort: $999.00
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60" Half-Ped Desk
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List: $1,662.00
Belfort: $1,079.00
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66" Exec Desk
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Lift Top Desk
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List: $2,309.00
Belfort: $1,499.00
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Belfort: $695.00
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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