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Home office seating ideas – 10 chic seating options for a home study

by Monika Bürger
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Think home office seating ideas and a desk chair likely spring to mind first – and it is a key purchase for your room. But the seating for a home office might include chairs for a table around which to conduct meetings, and more comfortable armchairs or sofas for reading, planning, or to take five from the day’s tasks, all of which need to deliver aesthetically as well as practically.

And while corporate workspaces tend to have neutral shades and plain upholstery, it’s easy to embrace more stylish material and color options as part of your home office ideas.

Our home office seating ideas include desirable choices for every home office to make it a space you’ll be delighted to enter each day, along with expert advice on selecting the right designs. 

HOME OFFICE SEATING IDEAS

If you spend long hours at a desk, a desk chair that allows you to adopt the correct position is vital, but that’s no reason to opt for a look that falls down in the style stakes. Think, too, about the other home office seating ideas that can make it a pleasant place to spend time, including more relaxing options. And if you are creating a home office setup in which to conduct meetings, or want to move away from the desk to spread out papers, seating around a table will be required. 

1. INCLUDE A VARIETY OF SEATING AREAS

Home office with wood panelled walls and cabinetry, dark desk, pale floor with multicoloured rug, and selection of chairs
(Image credit: Benjamin Johnston Design)

In a space of all but the most modest dimensions, home office seating ideas should include, but not be limited to, a desk chair.

Comfort and ergonomics are of critical importance when it comes to designing an office space and we always test out chairs with our clients to ensure we select options that are both comfortable and durable,’ says Benjamin Johnston of Benjamin Johnston Design.

We also include other seating areas to create an inviting environment, encouraging our clients to entertain or even host small meetings in their stylish home offices.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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2. INCORPORATE SEATING THAT ALLOWS RELAXATION

Seating area in neutral shades with two upholstered armchairs, side table, floor lamp and footstool with fitted shelving behind and rug on floor
(Image credit: Dodson Interiors Photograph: Nathan Schroder)

Modern home office ideas recognize that, while it may be a place of industry, the study is also a sanctuary, and this can be achieved with the right seating.  

A home office should be relaxing,’ says Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors in Houston, Texas. ‘It should be a place of comfort and respite, surrounded by things that you love and that inspire you.

I always like to have an ottoman in a home office, to kick your feet up and read a book, or drink a glass of bourbon. I loved the fabric color on these chairs and their scale. They are not too big where you sink in, but they still sort of giving you a hug.’

Invite the sun inside on your terms. Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options. A double panel features the same design on both panels. The bottom edge of the curtain includes a 2″ pocket that can be used as a hanging pocket, but beware that the artwork will be upside down for any non-patterned designs.

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3. THINK PURPOSE WHEN SELECTING HOME OFFICE CHAIRS

desk and chair in home office with artwork on the wall
(Image credit: Andrew Martin)

How long you spend at your desk, and how long on other activities, should determine the style of the chair. But even if the desk is the site for all or much of your work, dull corporate designs are far from the only option.

A chair has to be comfortable, but it is important to get the level of comfort right,’ says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin. ‘A leather armchair, for example, would fit for a library feel, acting as a sanctuary to read and reflect, where an upright swivel chair suits wrote desk work

And do not be condemned to a black foam seat. Go for a chair in mid-century velvet upholstery or a cantilever with interesting lines.’

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple, or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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4. MAKE SPACE FOR A SOFA

Home office in blue and white with patterned wallpaper and blind, painted desk and shelving, sofa and ottoman
(Image credit: Stacy Bass)

Featuring a sofa in your home office seating plan can help make it a space that feels inviting whether it’s where you do your day job or a command center for organizing the family.

Be inspired by this room, and contemplate an upright tailored sofa, rather than the sink-into version you might prefer in a TV den. The button back adds decorative detail alongside the patterned wallpaper and Roman blind, while a soft and calming color palette makes this room a peaceful retreat.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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5. STAY STREAMLINED

Built in desk and cabinetry in room with white walls and grey flooring
(Image credit: Roundhouse)

In small home offices, desk chairs with the same sleek and streamlined credentials are natural partners. 

This hidden desk idea is part of the kitchen by Roundhouse and is fitted with pocket doors so the bespoke joinery – which has a walnut interior – can be concealed when it’s not in use. Externally, the office matches the tall white kitchen cabinetry located on the opposite side of the room to give the space a cohesive look.

The room features Crittall windows that link the lower ground floor to the gardens and bring in natural illumination, and the chair’s white upholstery and chrome frame reflect the daylight to keep the space bright and open.

Park it in style on this incredibly versatile bench, upholstered with vegan leather featuring all the designs you love. The perfect indoor bench, it will give any space an instant upgrade. Dress it with plush blankets or throw pillows to keep it elegant, but super cush.

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6. ADD DETAIL TO UPHOLSTERY

Home office with console desk and office chair, open shelving and cabinetry and window seat with blue walls and wood floor
(Image credit: Bees Knees Interior Design Studio)

Decorative embellishment to office seating can contribute to making the room part of your home and far from a standard office in style. In this home office from Bee’s Knees Interior Design Studio, studs add interest to the upholstered desk chair, creating a contrasting texture, and giving the impression of a stripe on the neutral fabric. It’s a match to the detail of the desk, too.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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7. FALL FOR A WINDOW SEAT

Home office in neutral colours with built in desk and cabinetry, sofa, and window seat
(Image credit: Sims Hilditch)

Window seat ideas are another seating option beyond the desk chair, and a great way to take advantage of a pleasant view and a source of natural light, which can be particularly valuable when daylight hours are limited, and workdays are long.

We suggest incorporating comfortable armchairs or a window seat if possible,’ says Louise Wicksteed, design director at London and Gloucestershire-based Sims Hilditch. ‘This encourages the user to step away from the desk for regular breaks.’

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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8. PUT VISITORS AT THEIR EASE

Home office in dark neutral shades with patterned rug, desk and desk chair and two armchairs facing the desk

Ensure visitors to a home office are relaxed by providing comfortable seating facing the desk. In this room, they add an accent shade to the rich neutral palette.

We made this office from a former never-used dining space off the front entry,’ says Cheryl Kees Clendenon, president of In Detail Interiors. ‘We created wonderful storage by wrapping the room in built-in library-style bookshelves painted in Benjamin Moore Vintage Wine and artfully hid closed storage with antique mirror inserts for the more mundane office supplies

Since the room is right off the front of the home, we enlarged the opening to make it less “dining” oriented and added gorgeous lighting and furnishings to always be a beautiful visage when you enter the home

Original art, interesting lighting, and a stunning velvet wingback chair provide a backdrop of cozy luxury for the boss lady of the home. No worries though, we also added a couple of modern wingback chairs near the windows for the Mr to visit!’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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9. STEP AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL

Upholstered armchair in front of glazed doors with floor lamp and side table and rug on floor
(Image credit: Kara Adam Interiors Photograph: Michael Hunter)

It’s possible to include a classic among your home office seating ideas while giving it a fresh twist that makes the room individual and full of interest.

I always put a “man chair” in a home office,’ says Kara Adam of Dallas, Texas-based Kara Adam Interiors. ‘I like the masculine lines and subtle pattern of the chair in this room. Just because it’s a man’s office, doesn’t mean the chair has to be dark.’

If this chair will be used for reading, ensuring it’s carefully matched with your home office lighting ideas will make it comfortable in every sense.

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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10. GATHER AROUND A TABLE

Home office ideas unused space
(Image credit: Robert Stilin)

A table with seating around it can be a useful addition to any home office. It provides a space to spread out papers away from a desktop, as well as an area for meetings if you hold these within your home. 

Furniture designated for the office isn’t required, and dining chairs teamed with a dining table can be a more handsome option.

Interior designer Robert Stilin used the existing dining table in his New York City apartment to create this home office. ‘It’s about embracing and adapting to life as it evolves – using the things you have in a way that makes sense instead of being stuck in some set idea of what has to be,’ he explains.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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HOW DO I CHOOSE A HOME OFFICE SEATING?

To choose the ideal home office seating for you, consider its purpose first. For desk chairs, you need to ensure that the height and backrest are adjustable first and foremost. Then you need to sit on it to check that the lumbar support and armrests are right for you. If you are tall, you need to ensure the seat is deep and wide enough – and of course, if you are short, you will want to make sure the desk chair isn’t too big for you. Consider the material of your floor – hard floors are generally more practical in home offices and allow for casters to move about in the room. Even if yours doesn’t have casters, ensure your desk chair can swivel. Finally, make sure the material of the chair is breathable for those hot weather days when you are still stuck at your desk.

There are plenty of ways to stop a clunky printer from compromising the lines of a home office. You could consider home office desk ideas with storage inside to keep it immediately at hand.

Alternatively, stash the printer inside a stylish piece of furniture, such as a sideboard, which can have the perfect proportions to accommodate it. 

You might also think about concealing it in plain sight. Put a black printer on a shelf with black-spined books, for example, and it won’t make its presence apparent. Or try putting a white printer on white-painted furniture alongside objects that introduce a pop of color – they’ll draw the eye instead. 

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