Hot-desking: Sales have surged during the pandemic – and they’ve never looked better… Here are the best home office workstations to buy right now
- Hybrid working is here to stay for many, with OKA seeing a 27% increase in office sales
- Offices should be practical, but also not an eyesore when the job is done
- We’re looking at the best options in stores right now
Jacob Rees-Mogg is on a mission to bring the civil service back to office. Very well too. But hybrid working is here to stay for many of us, and office sales have skyrocketed.
Luxury furniture company OKA saw a 27% increase in sales in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2021.
“One of the challenges is that a desk has to be practical but also not be an eyesore when you close the laptop and come back to life at home,” says interior designer Clare Gaskin.
Polished: Jonathan Adler’s Bond executive desk with brass legs – luxury office furniture sales have soared as more people work from home
Whatever your workspace, there’s something for you. Do your homework first.
Float and bend
Wall-mounted desks are brilliant solutions for small spaces and for turning unusual spaces into workspaces. John Lewis & Partners ANYDAY Portal Wall Mounted Folding Desk is a smartly designed folding desk with worktop and storage space (£179).
La Redoute’s Trigala wall desk in light oak wood is a sleek wall-mounted option with a large compartment for storing clutter (£245).
OKA’s Briolette Desk has a fold-down desk and 13 drawers (eight of which are hidden inside) as well as a central cupboard for all those workspace essentials (£4,595).
The circular shape of Made’s Ankhara Oak and Rattan Desk, meanwhile, has a Nordic feel and plenty of storage (£595).
Make a statement
OKA Honshu desk in faux stingray
“One of the benefits of working from home is that you don’t have to sit in a boring office space; you can spruce up your study,” says OKA co-founder Sue Jones.
“A desk with a very impactful design, such as our mirrored Versailles desks (£1,195) or our Honshu faux stingray desks (£1,795), is not only practical but also pretty.”
Interior designer Jenny Luck also favors a statement desk: “I love using Paolo Moschino’s Fontana desk — its sculptural design takes away the fact that it’s a work desk. But it comes with a steep price tag of £12,840.
A colorful desk is another way to add interest. Oliver Bonas’ mango wood desk has a bright blue design (£465).
The solid silhouette of Jonathan Adler’s Bond executive desk with its minimalist polished brass base and burled mappa wood top is enough to make anyone feel like a CEO (and it comes with a price to match; 3 £700).
Made’s Anderson Swivel Desk, meanwhile, in mango wood and brass, has plenty of storage space and a swivel desk function that allows it to look like a chest of drawers when the desk isn’t. used. It’s on sale for £675 (was £875).
A glass desk will inject a contemporary flair and brighten up even the darkest room. Try the Geo-Glass Large Clear Glass Desk (£329, The Furniture Market).
Cherish the antiques
Traditional mahogany desks and old desks can be salvaged from eBay and flea markets.
Vinterior, an online marketplace for vintage items and antiques, is also a great source. He’s selling a retro teak desk for £400 and a mid-century floating top desk in walnut for £625.
stand up straight
Healthcare experts love standing desks.
One of the sleekest is the Primo Designer Standing Desk, which comes in a variety of finishes and has a pair of forward-mounted legs (£1,273, Friska Desk).
You can also add a desktop converter; adjustable units that you place on your existing desk.
The Cora laminate and aluminum standing desk converter is refreshingly simple in design (£189, fully). Now all you have to do is… work.