As the song says, I’ve been ‘Hunting Hi and Low’ (famed Norwegian band ah-ha in case you want to check them out) for home office furniture for the last week or so. Turns out I’ve got several home office projects on the go right now -very cool.
The challenge of finding furniture for a home office makes it seem, at times, like I’m never going to find just the right pieces. We have to consider the following:
- The size of the space
- The needs of the client
- The functionality of the furniture (a biggie for me!)
- The style and color of the furniture
- The availability of the furniture (especially here in Halifax)
- My extreme pickiness (ha!)
I have to say that options seem to be improving. Not only can we choose from the usual places if we want something inexpensive like Staples, Ikea (shipping it here is a bit pricey), Sears (Sauder) and Bombay but local retailers have done a great job of ramping up their selection. For moderate budgets Jordans Furnishings in New Minas has a good selection including Ashley and Winners Only. If we want to put up with a little hassle around getting the furniture here, I do love Pottery Barn for certain offices and the pricing falls in line with a decent budget. However, if you’ve got some money set aside and really want an awesome home office, my favourite right now is local retailer Attica. They have several lines of home office and I’m loving the BDI Sequel collection, the Hudson Street collection and the Catalina product line.
When I’m searching for furniture here are all the things I may need to have a proper home for:
- Computer Workstation or Laptop
- Desktop Sorter or Hanging File
- Files, Files, Files
- School Stuff – projects, reports, homework, supplies
- Office Supplies – paper, labels, ink cartridges, file folders, pens, stapler, hole punch, etc.
- Electronic Accessories
- Books and Magazines
- Binders – committees, courses, etc.
- Photo Albums
Whew, that’s a lot of stuff and that’s what makes this hunting job a bit tough. If I only wanted a gorgeous desk and nothing else I would have hundreds of options but I also need a filing cabinet or two, a bookcase, a storage cabinet, several drawers, and so on.
If you’re one of those lucky people who lives in a larger city, all I have to say is, don’t tell me about all the other awesome places you have to get home office furniture – I’m having enough trouble making up my mind already!