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22 Ways To Upgrade Your Home Office

Since our homes are now doubling as offices, what better time to give your desk a makeover?

Now that we’re all going to be working from home for the foreseeable, it follows that we should seize the moment and sort out that space, corner or indeed study, once and for all. It is so important to create a space conducive to productivity, a quiet nook to make conference calls and to feel on top of your game. Calm space, calm mind (or so goes the theory, at least). Here’s how.

By Lucy Abletshauser
April 2020


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Ikea, Alex Desk, £129

First things first: we have scoured the land for a simple, no-frills desk and nothing comes close to this simple and functional ‘Alex’ from Ikea.

Twentytwentyone, Desk One, £995

Prefer something with more of an old school desk thing going on? We love this simple natural oak nostalgic beauty., Darcey Desk, £399

Modernism more your thing? We like the Matthew Hilton vibes of this number.

SCP, 675 Armchair, Oak, £320

This Robin Day-designed chair was designed in 1952. Pushing 70 years on and it’s still an absolute classic.

Hadeda, Traditional Single Seater In Natural, £260

Prefer a more relaxed, bohemian look? Why not try this beautiful cane chair from one of our all-time favourites: Hadeda.

Bose, Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System, £89.95

Having a good sound system in place is essential. We love this reasonably priced one from the king of sound, Bose.

Liberty, Christian Lacroix Papier, Pen Pot, £24

Now is the time for pimping your desk accessories and this Lacroix pen pot does just the trick.

OPUMO, Empty Memory 16GB in Rose Gold, £70

Who says a memory stick has to be purely utilitarian? This one proves that anything can be a thing of beauty.

Clippings, Boby Trolley Storage, £466.95

Struggling for a place to put all your bits and bobs? This trolley storage unit, created by Joe Colombo in 1970, won first prize at SMAU the following year. We love it in yellow.

Matches Fashion, The Lacquer Company X Rita Konig Tray, £175

We have long lusted after one of these Rita Konig beauties and now is the time to invest. We will style it with a candle and a selection of pretty pens.

Amara, Mondaine SBB Clock, £315

Mondaine makes the most classic watches and clocks we can think of. Keeping an eye on the time is a pleasure thanks to the SBB.

John Lewis, Anglepoise + Paul Smith Desk Lap, £132

We love this pastel-coloured Anglepoise lamp, which will look super smart (and pretty) on your home office desk.

Quirky Gadgets, Newton’s Cradle, £19.99

We’ve always wanted one of these classic 1980s retro desk toys. Always.

The Conran Shop, Jelly Fish Paperweight, £65

This jellyfish paperweight screams ‘I’ve got this pile of paper under control’.

Fruugo, WFH Mug, £11.99

This is obviously an essential accessory, especially if you want to be taken seriously.

Cult Beauty, Bella Freud, Ciao Candle, £50

Imbue your workspace with a sense of calm productivity courtesy of this colourful ‘Ciao’ Candle from Bella Freud.

Freight HHG, Bone China Tea Mug, £19

Alternatively, you could opt for a truly calming cuppa in one of Freight HHG’s sublimely simple tea mugs. Everything this brand makes is worthy of our attention.

Trouva, ‘Work Hard, Be Nice To People’ Print, £68

This print will set the tone perfectly, especially if your space doubles up as home-schooling territory. We all need a little daily reminder right now.

Lander & May, Modern Day Globe, £295

One day this will all be a distant memory, so spin and point and get planning.

Pine Green Moons & Stars Personalised Notebook, £40

We love everything about this dark green leather notebook and cannot wait to start scribbling.

Selfridges, Caran D’Ache Ballpoint Fluro Pen, £19

This pen will add the perfect pop of colour to any desk in need.

Patch, Rick, Corn Plant, £80

Every room needs greenery, in our minds. This ‘Rick’ plant will look perfect in the corner.

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.