Knowing how to put together a comfortable yet professional home office is vital for productivity. Additionally, a well-structured home workspace is essential to your mental and physical wellbeing and for fostering a healthy work-life balance. For these reasons, identifying the ideal combination of office furniture is essential. But with so many options available, choosing the best fit for your needs can be a little overwhelming.

In our home office buying guide we reveal everything you need to know to select the perfect desk, chairs, lighting and more for comfort and efficiency. Once you’ve found your ideal solution, you can view our range of premium office furniture to invest in precisely what you need to set up a home office that is the right fit for you.

What desk should I choose? 

Your desk is the central element of your home office around which all other items revolve. Therefore, it’s essential that it provides a solid basis to meet your day-to-day work requirements, whatever the task at hand.

There are several factors that influence how to choose a home office desk. The first of these is space. How much space do you have available in your home office and how much space do you need to accommodate the equipment that allows you to perform your work optimally? Such equipment may include your computer, additional monitors, office supplies, and printers.

Based on this information, you will be able to identify your desk requirements in terms of surface space, built-in storage, desk size and shape. Finally, it’s important to consider your personal style so you know exactly how to choose a desk you’ll love.

Black desk with white lamp and brown chair

What office chair should I choose?  

Next up: how to choose a chair for home office purposes. Again, there are several factors to consider, including material, size, comfort, design, features, and adjustability.

With the extensive range of stylish office chairs in the Fishpools collection, you won’t have to compromise on aesthetics to prioritise comfort. In short, the best office chair is a good physical fit for you, allowing easy movement, comfort, and good posture. It is also well matched to the rest of your workstation setup, which may include equipment layout, desk height, and desk space for armrests. With this in mind, you’ll know how to choose a desk chair with the features you need for a super comfortable workspace. 

For more information, read our blog on which office chair is right for you

Black chair in front of a brown desk

What storage solutions should I choose to create an organised workspace? 

An organised workspace is absolutely vital for optimal productivity. The best way to clear the clutter, particularly if your home office is quite small, is with effective home office storage solutions. Bookcases and display units, filing cabinets, and sideboards are among the most effective options available. 

Bookcases and display units

The right bookcase or display unit can bring style and order to any home office space. They create storage and surface space within your office, so you can use them for practical purposes and to add some finishing home décor touches to personalise your workspace.


Sideboards aren’t just for the dining room. They can provide plenty of convenient storage and surface space and come in designs to suit any home office needs.

If your home office is quite spacious, you can opt for a large, wide sideboard that really brings the space together. Meanwhile, if you’re a little short on space, a smaller sideboard presents a convenient storage solution to make the most of your space. Simply decide on the size and style you like, and you can choose a sideboard that’s perfect for your home office.

You can also dress your sideboard beautifully to create a more visually appealing space. Throw in an elegant filing cabinet or two and you’ll soon have a home office as stunning as it is organised.

What lighting is best for my home office?

What you really need for your home office is task lighting. This type of lighting is created by combining various light sources. As our lighting buying guide explains, task lighting is bright enough for detailed work, without being overly sharp or creating shadows. 

For starters, you’ll definitely need ceiling lights and/or wall lamps in your home office. Then, to shed light on your desk for close-up tasks, choose a good-quality flexible table lamp. For added comfort while you work, consider a lighting fan, which will keep you cool when needed, while also lighting up the room.

Adding the finishing touches

Your home office is one of the rooms in your house where you spend the most time. So, it should be comfy and welcoming space that expresses your unique personality. 

Once you have chosen a desk and chair, you can personalise your home office with an array of decorative accessories such as plants and flowers, pictures, and rugs. Add mirrors to create a greater sense of space or perhaps even a recliner chair by the window for those moments when you need some downtime. With home décor finishing touches like these, your Zoom call background will make you the envy of all your clients and colleagues!

Grey Storage shelf with a plant next to it

Frequently asked questions

How long will I have to wait for my home office furniture?

That depends on whether you choose our click and collect or delivery options.

Estimated delivery dates are highlighted on product pages and during online checkout. Deliveries are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and carried out on Mondays to Saturdays, subject to your postcode. 

In stock, ready to deliver items will be dispatched almost immediately and quick furniture delivery is our priority. 

Alternatively, if you can visit our store in Waltham Cross, you’ll be able to utilise our contactless click and collect service. 

What delivery service does Fishpools offer?

Our Premium delivery service is available on all items. Standard delivery is available on smaller items like rugs, chairs, small chests, and footstools, as well as larger home décor accessories, such as mirrors, lighting, and pictures. 

What’s the best desk for a small space? 

The best desk for a small space is one that maximises surface and storage space, while not taking up the entire room. Look for streamlined desk styles with built-in storage, like a drawer or a few shelves, for your home office. 

Some excellent small desk styles include basic writing desks, computer desks, and adjustable desks.

How do you choose a chair for a home office? 

The best advice for how to choose a chair for home office is to determine your needs and how much time you’ll spend sitting in it. The height of the chair, backrest design, material, cushioning, arm rests, head rest, lumbar support, and adjustability can all contribute to supporting good posture.

Create the ideal home office with Fishpools

Our home office buying guide is designed to help you create a smart, seamlessly organised workspace. With our wide array of comfortable and stylish office chairs, home office desks, and more, you can ensure that you have a space that promotes productivity. Visit our showroom today and be inspired by our home office designs.