The end of the year is nearing, and it is the perfect opportunity to give your work from home space a makeover. If you found yourself suddenly working remotely in 2020, you probably haven’t had much of a chance to really set up a home office. That’s why it is the perfect focus for your end-of-the-year deductions. Freelancers, self-employed or independent professionals, and small business owners can all benefit from making these types of large purchases just before the end of the year.
Even though it is best to make those purchases now, it may not be the most profitable month for your business. That can limit your budget for your new work from home space. Luckily there are some ways that you can cut corners and save money.
One of these options is to get home furniture instead of office furniture. If your work from home space is out in the open among the rest of the household, home furniture will give you the most versatility and work seamlessly with the rest of the room. In addition, home furniture is much cheaper than office furniture, even though much of it is similar.
To that end, here are the top pieces of home furniture for sale that you can use for an office space.
Gaming Chairs on Casters – Executive Office Chair
The demand for comfortable seating for gamers has led to ergonomically designed vinyl or microfiber chairs on casters that you can easily pass off as an executive desk chair. Meanwhile, you could pay as much as half the price and walk away with more features (like built-in Bluetooth speakers).
Console Table – stylish modern desk
High-quality desks meant to last more than just a few years come with a hefty price tag as well, but you can save money by getting a console table, with or without desk-like drawers. Choose a modern console table that also makes a statement.
Nightstand – charging and/or printing station
Would you ever consider using a nightstand in other areas of your home? The right nightstand could be the perfect organizational hub for you. If you get one with drawers, you can stash office and print supplies and use the surface for the printer itself.
Some also come with built-in charging solutions. If you’re working in a cramped space, a nightstand takes up minimal room and can serve more than one function.
Additional items (if you have space)
There are a few other items you might consider for your home office, depending on whether or not you have the space. Dining room furniture is especially helpful if you will be seeing clients and colleagues in your home. A café style dining set offers a more intimate experience during one-on-one meetings, while an extendable dining table of polished wood works best as a conference table.
While you’re looking at dining sets, look for those that offer a matching dining hutch. A hutch with shelves and a couple of lower drawers closely resemble bookshelves but cost less.
If you still have room left, head on over to the living room furniture department of the eCommerce furniture dealer you are working with – it’s time to add a casual meeting area. The best way to do that is to procure leather (or faux leather) accent chairs or a love seat. These furniture items tie into the professional atmosphere of your home office.
Dining Hutch – Bookcases with doors
A solid, polished wood bookcase can be quite an investment, but you can save a bit of money by getting a dining hutch instead. These can easily be used as bookshelves, and they are much less expensive. If you follow the advice above and include a dining set in your home office furniture, you may be able to save by getting the dining chairs, table, and hutch from the same collection and online furniture store.
Leather sofas and/or two leather accent chairs for a casual conversational space
Accent chairs in front of the desk for visiting guests