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One Year WFH: Is your home office still working for you?

Do you remember when the shelter-in-place order took effect last year (of course you do), and we were all suddenly tasked with moving piles of mail and scooping up legos minutes before Zoom calls? Well, it has been a year now, and I think we have all learned a thing or two since then, such as 1) the answer is yes, that meeting most definitely could have just been an email, and 2) where to shop for the best home office furniture. What’s that? You still haven’t figured that out yet and you’re using an ironing board as an adjustable desk? I’ve got you covered today with another roundup of tips and resources for the perfectly curated work-from-home office.

Credit: Coddington Design/David Duncan Livingston Photography

Your Desk is Your Soul Mate

Set yourself up for success by creating a workspace you enjoy being in. That begins with your desk. Lately, we’ve been shopping for all styles of desks at 1st Dibs and Chairish, where you can sort by price, size, and style to find the perfect match. Whether you prefer a hopelessly chic trophy piece or an old soul with a storied past, there really is something for everyone.

Image: Chairish/Habanera Desk by Maggie Cruz Home

Get Comfortable

Your desk chair doesn’t have to be straight out of a cubicle in aluminum and mesh – there are plenty of options out there that are just as comfortable and ergonomic with a tad more pizazz. For a modernized look, we like the selection from Design Public. For more classic sophistication, we like what Lulu & Georgia has to offer. Don’t forget, you can also use a comfortable dining chair at your desk – opt for a fully upholstered, high back chair for more ergonomic comfort.

Image: Design Public/Gubi desk chair

Don’t rule out budget-friendly sources

IKEA is a great source for stylish and functional furniture that is perfect for the modern home office. Create a custom built-in look (and an impressive Zoom background) by lining up multiple bookshelves and style the shelves with your favorite books, pictures, and knick-knacks to make them truly original and personal.

Image: IKEA/Billy bookcase

Privacy, please!

If you simply don’t have the space for a put-together Zoom background, or even for a separate office, consider a room divider. While it won’t drown out the noise from your kid’s virtual band class, it can create a stylish visual barrier to help you stay focused (and keep your sweatpants-clad partner out of the video frame).

Image: West Elm/Tiered Cecilia Screen

Hire a Pro

If you’re having trouble putting it all together to create a home office that truly works for you, Coddington Design can help. We offer a Curated Room design package that is perfect for your WFH space, or you can Book your Discovery Call to see if our other interior design services are right for you.


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