Home office ideas

If you're thinking about setting up a home office, you'll need a work space that encourages productivity. Is it a quiet and secluded study, or are you converting a corner of the living room? Either way, go for office furniture to suit your lifestyle

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If there’s room, arrange your desk to face a window. Otherwise, hang artwork or mirrors on the wall in front of you to add interest.

Your desk
This is the central point of your workspace, so if you want to create the perfect layout, take your time to choose the right desk.
If you’re looking for something that’s practical and easy to move around, the John Lewis Estelle desk fits neatly into a variety of interiors.
For a traditional look, the John Lewis Marcelle desk is timeless in solid oak with drawers throughout – this piece would suit a classic study.
And for something really minimalist, our House by John Lewis Airframe desk has a super-clean look, with a handy shelf underneath to store your laptop or books.
For something sleek and modern, the John Lewis James desk is designed to discourage clutter.
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While sitting, you should be able to keep your back and shoulders straight with your feet flat on the floor. Elbows should be at 90 degrees with your hands on the keyboard.

Your chair
Choosing the right chair depends on how long you'll be sitting in it.  Read our buying guide for advice.
If you’re going to be at your desk for long periods of time, consider an ergonomic design like our House by John Lewis Hinton office chair, with a padded seat and mesh back for flexibility.
If you’re going for modern and minimalist, the John Lewis May office chair is sleek and comfortable – it looks great and can be used for all day sitting.

The Herman Miller Aeron office chair naturally adapts to your body type. PostureFit supports the way your pelvis tilts forward naturally, so your spine stays aligned to avoid back pain.
If you want something luxurious and traditional, our John Lewis Jefferson office chair is padded with fixed armrests for added comfort.
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Using dead space under the stairs isa good spot for a desk, or you could even place a floating shelf in an alcove and add a chair.

Small home office ideas
Even if you only have a small space, you can still create a dedicated, productive area for working from home.
If you’re really short on space, the John Lewis Abacus small desk will tuck neatly into most spaces.
Our John Lewis Colosseum office range is designed with an angled shape that leans against the wall.

For storage, Vitra’s Uten.Silo storage system, created by designer Dorothee Becker, features a variety of holdings in different shapes along with metal hooks.
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Clean lines create a sense of calm.Create systems that you would followin a regular office to feel organised.

Tidy home office ideas
A clean and tidy office space will create more room for productivity, leaving you feeling organised at the start and end of your day.
Our House by John Lewis 2-drawer option would suit a small home office, so you can tuck it away if you need to.
If you’ve got the room, you could go for a filing cabinet, like this Bisley 3-drawer version.

Or go for something on wheels like the John Lewis Estelle filing cabinet – which you can easily move around and roll away under your desk.
A book shelf or shelving unit will keep everything organised, while also offering space for your favourite accessories.
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If you work in a creative field, surround yourself with objects and images that will inspire you chair.

Home office accessories
Go for practical accessories that serve a purpose, but choose pieces that suit your personality and your home’s interior design
Keep letters and documents organised with Osco's transparent letter rack.
If you’ve got the space, you might want to go for a floor lamp to create more room on your desk. Otherwise a desk lamp is ideal for creating light around your work space. We love this west elm factory task lamp.

This futuristic Lexon tape dispenser will add a touch of colour.
For a truly stylish piece of stationery, the kate spade new york stapler is made of clear acrylic with a gold interior.
Our House by John Lewis smartphone holder will keep your phone in full view, without it getting lost amongst books and papers.
Abigail Warner’s A4 folders will keep your paperwork stylishly neat and organised.
The Umbra Skinny Can wastepaper bin is perfect for small spaces, but still manages a capacity of 7.5L with an integrated handle for portability.
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