Home office furniture essentials: Rail Wall Desk by Keiji Ashizawa for Menu

Ten essentials to help you set up your home office

Due to the coronavirus shutdown, many of us are now working from home. Dezeen editor-at-large Amy Frearson picks out 10 office furniture pieces and desk accessories designs to help you set up a home office, no matter how little space you have.


Home office furniture essentials: Rail Wall Desk by Keiji Ashizawa for Menu

Rail Wall Desk by Keiji Ashizawa for Menu

For those without a whole room to spare, a shelf can create a makeshift desk in a hallway, living room or bedroom. This one, designed by Keiji Ashizawa for Danish brand Menu, attaches to the wall with a steel bracket, making it sturdy and helping to define a workspace.


Home office furniture essentials: Hyg Chair Swivel by Simon Legald for Norman Copenhagen

Hyg Chair by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen

Launched earlier this year by Normann Copenhagen, the versatile Hyg Chair is available with legs, a swivel-base, wheels or as a bar stool, so there is one for every possible home-office situation. The curved shell seat makes it comfortable enough to work in all day.


Home office furniture essentials: AJ Table Mini by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen

AJ Table Mini by Arne Jacobsen

Legendary Danish designer Arne Jacobsen first designed the AJ Lamp series for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1960. To mark its 60th birthday, lighting brand Louis Poulsen is relaunching the desk lamp version, which is well suited to task lighting.


Home office furniture essentials: Relate Side Table by Big-Game for Muuto

Relate Side Table by Big-Game for Muuto

This clever side table, designed by Swiss studio Big-Game for Muuto, makes it easier to work while seated on a sofa. You can put a laptop on it, or simply use it as a surface for books or papers.


Home office furniture essentials: Tool Box by Shane Schneck for Hay

Tool Box by Shane Schneck for Hay

Although it looks like a tool box, this storage container from Hay makes a great place to store pens and other stationery. For those without a fixed desk in the home, it also makes it easy to move your bits from room to room.


A-Frame Canteen Desk by Very Good & Proper

A-Frame Canteen Desk by Very Good & Proper

Cast aluminium A-frame legs give character to this simple, lightweight desk by British brand Very Good & Proper. With its simple linoleum top, it can easily double as a dining table.


Rookie by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

Rookie by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra

German designer Konstantin Grcic has developed many office furniture designs over the years, including the Allstar chair that features at the Dezeen offices. Rookie is one of the simplest – an affordable task chair for Vitra, which offers plenty of comfort.


W182 Pastille USB-C by Industrial Facility for Wastberg

W182 Pastille by Industrial Facility for Wastberg

Industrial Facility designed the W182 Pastille to create ambient light rather than focused light, allowing for a better lit workspace. Swedish brand Wastberg has developed a new version of the lamp, due out in late 2020, featuring an integrated USB-C port, so it can charge a MacBook at the same time.


AAC 121 Soft by Hee Welling for Hay

AAC 121 Soft by Hee Welling for Hay

Generous upholstery make this seat more comfortable than the average office chair. Designed by Hee Welling for Hay, its quilted seat is available in a range of fabrics, while a high back offers a good amount of lumbar support.


2x2 Organiser by Jamie Wolfond for Ferm Living

2x2 Organiser by Jamie Wolfond for Ferm Living

The latest collection of homeware and accessories from Danish brand Ferm Living includes this simple but practical desk tidy. It consists of two pieces of metal, bent to create a pair of stacked trays.