Office furniture buying guide

Office furniture buying guide

Whether you work from home full time or just need somewhere to put your computer, our great range of office furniture has everything you need to make the most of your space. 
Using this guide
We’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right furniture and chairs for your home office. It has all you need to know about materials, measuring up, assembly, care and delivery. Choosing your perfect office furniture – and enjoying it every day - couldn’t be easier.

Space saving laptop solutions or home office options?

Whether you have a dedicated home office or just need an occasional workspace anywhere in the house, we can help you make the most of your space to create the perfect solution. Wireless technology and laptops mean that anywhere is now a potential workspace.

Space saving office furniture

Corner desks, PC trolleys and workstations are versatile office solutions ideal for multi-use rooms or hallways - for added flexibility choose one with castors. If you prefer to have your computer tucked away when not in use, choose a hideaway workstation for functionality and storage without compromising on space or appearance.

Portable office furniture

Work wherever you want, whenever you want with one of laptop desks. The ultimate in convenience, these portable desks can be comfortably used with sofas and armchairs.

Storage based office furniture

Keep on top of your paperwork with our home office filing systems. Compact yet highly space-efficient, they offer 2- and 4-drawer filing systems to keep information tidy yet easily accessible. For extra storage options, look out for our multimedia workstations.

Professional office furniture

Working from home never looked so good! Just mix and match the coordinated pieces to fit your space. Choose solid wood and wood-effect finishes for that executive look or glass for a modern look, giving a spacious feel to smaller rooms.

Measurement guide

Follow these simple steps to make sure your new office furniture is a perfect fit.

Measure up

Make a note of dimensions, then measure your room (including doorways) to check it will fit.

Get a sense of scale

Make a scale drawing of your room and the new furniture on paper or cardboard and work out where it will fit. Include other big bits of furniture too (including drawers and doors that open), to check you’ll have the space to move between them.

Check access

Think about how you will get your new furniture into the house – are there any tricky doors, halls or stairways on the way? It’s best to measure up these for any pre-built furniture. Self assembly pieces can be assembled in situ.

Office furniture jargon buster

Your quick reference guide to materials and finishes

Solid wood    

It has a natural appearance. With knots, grains and slight variations in colour, no two pieces will look exactly the same – so you’ll get something really unique.

Real wood veneer    

Means the furniture has been finished with a thin layer of real wood. It has the finish of real wood, but is usually lighter in weight and less expensive to buy.
Wood effect finish    This furniture has the look of real wood, but with a more consistent colour and appearance, making it easier for you to create a totally co-ordinated look.

Metal and glass    

This makes it easy for you to create a contemporary feel that’s also durable and easy to maintain. Choose frosted or clear glass to create a great sense of space and light.

Leather effect    

That means your furniture is finished with a man-made material that gives a leather look and feel at a great value price.
PC trolleys    These are compact computer workstations that often have castors. A flexible solution that helps you make the most of your space.
Laptop solutions    They are small, portable tables ideal for working from sofas or armchairs.

Gas-lift chairs    

These allow you to easily adjust the height of your seat, with a handy lever to ensure you have the right posture at your screen.
Lumbar support    This means you can be sure your chair will support your lower back correctly.


Refers to chairs that have been specifically engineered to fit the shape of your body, ensuring you’re comfortable however much you use them.