With more and more people working for home having an area or room to work from is essential. We’re going to show you how you can create a flexible work area with stylish affordable home office furniture. We believe the key to setting up or updating your home office is flexibility. A home work space may not permanent, it may be shared and its components may be used in other areas and parts of your the home. Many people don’t have a separate office or study room so having the ability to move it easily and quickly is important. All our of office furniture suggestions are in stock and you won’t have piles of parts, screws and confusing assembly instructions. The joy of vintage and reclaimed furniture is that it comes fully assembled and ready to use.
We’ll start with a desk, except we’re using a vintage folding table that started its life as outdoor wedding table in India. They are super sturdy with thick tropical hardwood in an iron frame giving them a nod to an industrial look without looking too harsh. The original distressed blue paint finish adds a flash of colour (also available in red). Measuring 155cm x 59cm these tables are narrower than most kitchen tables so could fit into slim rooms. Best of all they fold flat for easy storage and transportation. With flexibility in mind the tables are perfectly suited for gardens, patios and summer houses. Or anywhere a strong table is needed.
If you are looking for something that would more like a traditional desk then a compact wooden desk with a single drawer might work. It has mid century looks without the Scandi price tag. Assembly takes less than 2 minutes.
Now you’ll need something to sit on. If you like mixing styles then go for a solid wood chair. if space is a driver then go for a folding chair. Like our tables these vintage folding chairs were used by an event furniture hire company for parties and weddings in India. They have a wide comfortable seat and the lovely solid teak grain can be seen just under the faded red paint.
Alternatives include padded tubular steel framed mid century chairs by Remploy, £45 each or curved 1960s red tubular steel framed chairs with a characteristic curved seat and back, £50 each. If you want to continue with a more industrial style then a metal folding chair like those shown around the blue folding table.
Storage is critical, with most people using desk top and laptop computers most people don’t need lots of storage for files and folders. We’d recommend modular storage like metal tote tins, which can be easily moved and stack.
office in a desk: https://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/item/8733/2/Vintage-Tables–Desks/Vintage-Office-In-A-Pack.html
mid sized cabinet: https://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/item/9689/108/Vintage-Cabinets–Cupboards/Vintage-Storage-Cupboard.html
Old sweet tins make great pen, pencil and felt-tip pens and small desk aceesories. Vintage soda crates are strong and look very striking. They’ll hold books, files and folders. Handy side handles make moving them around very easy and they can be stacked. Of course a home office during the day may become a study for children in the evenings and weekends so being able to separate and store your work from other users’ work might be important.
Reclaimed office shelving with dividers for files and folders can be used books and decorative accessories. A mid-sized cupboard will tidy office files and accessories away from view, while showing off a faded paintwork and antique charm.
Of course a home office furniture can make an office or work area seem characterless. So it’s important to decorate it with personal possessions. We believe in mixing styles and an office should be no exception. Make the space extra interesting by contrasting. Of course home offices are pretty hi tech if you use a computer so add low tech vintage accessories like an old telephone, old storage tins and wooden stationery boxes. Add house plants in old terracotta pots to add earthy textures and colours to break up shiny modern plastic of printers and laptops. We’ve used old colourful film posters and a salvaged cargo ship’s clock.