Now many of us are working from home more, creating a practical, workable home office has become much more of a priority.
While trailing cables and paperwork piled on the dining room table or in the corner of your sitting room may have worked for a time, a more permanent solution to the nine-to-five will help you stay organised and focused on the job in hand.
A well-designed home office can add value to your home and doesn’t have to take up acres of space - clever use of a hallway or the space under your stairs can be all you need to create a workable area.
Full-timers spend as much time sitting in an office chair as they do sleeping in bed, and so practicality, support and comfort are paramount if you’re to get the best out of your working day.
Forget the big, black Noughties power chair - cutting-edge design, a compact footprint and tactile fabrics in bold colours will make a statement in your home office, helping you create a room that’s as stylish as it is functional.
Here are six of our favourite office chairs.
The fabulous Ribble Swivel chair is available in wool or leather in a choice of vibrant colours from orange to pistachio and turquoise. It’s elegant, stylish and supremely comfortable with slender legs in anthracite grey. There’s also a matching Ribble desk with two roomy drawers and a filing draw beneath for all the home office storage you need. It also looks great with the compact Chicago desk, pictured below - ideal for smaller spaces or city living.
Where form follows function, the Thames armchair is simple, practical and effortlessly beautiful. Fall in love with vibrant fuchsia or violet wool, or choose leather in shades from natural to black. If you're setting up your office in the corner of your dining room, there's a matching extendable Thames dining table and a gorgeous Thames dining bench, all in the same fabric choices so you can mix and match.
Redolent of early 20th Century European design, the Metro armchair oozes style. Perfect paired with the Derwent oak desk, pictured below, frames come in chrome or black steel, upholstered in Rancho leather - try the verdant olive, citrussy orange or deep petrol for a real statement - or wools in subtle blues and greys.
Elegant, modern and striking, the Gigi armchair will grace any modern office. A beautifully sculpted seat rests on elegant tapered oak legs and can be upholstered in boiled wool or rich leather. We love the olive or light blue wool options.
Built for comfort, the Fjord armchair has a soft seat and arms which hug you in a wool or leather embrace. There’s a fabulous choice of upholstery to suit your home office decor, and the slim steel legs come as either stainless or black powder-coated steel. Traditionalists will love the Rancho stone and clay leather options.
Clean, contemporary and refined, the Miller features a solid frame and sprung, upholstered seat. Fabrics range from sumptuous velvets in shades of fox, finch and kingfisher, to heavy linen and timeless checks for longevity and style. Comfortable enough for your home office, it's a smart choice for the dining room too.
Read more about how to create a stylish, practical home office for successful home-working here.
Shop home office storage like the Oxford, pictured below, here.