Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021

The workspace you set up last year at home when schools and offices closed due to the coronavirus pandemic should be working for you.

If not, it’s time to invest in your home office to improve your comfort and productivity. Start with your desk, chair and lighting, then focus on organizing supplies and managing cords. The big goal: Decluttered. Storage boxes can help.

Here’s what retailers have on sale to create a more efficient, enjoyable home workspace:


  • If mismatching furniture isn’t your style, Macy’s has home office sets with an executive desk, lateral file cabinet open bookcase and leather desk chair on sale, with an additional 10{397f7d3bf28e79e4b04697a61c19976344b6039fc71c31bcb0404a4bd2f8b6ab} off and 12 to 24 months financing.
  • Posture-improving standing desks allow you to sit or stand throughout the workday. FlexiSpot’s 48-inch-long Comhar EG8 standing desk has an easy-to-adjust table height ($359.99, saving $140 off the regular price).
  • An under-the-desk footrest is designed to improve circulation and posture. Huanuo’s ergonomic foot rest has three height positions, a 30-degree tilt angle and a non-skid textured surface ($25.99).
  • Comfort-producing products while you work also include a neck and back massager (starting at $39)

The ergonomic Genie mesh task chair by Latitude Run has an adjustable seat that will swivel 360 degrees.Wayfair


  • Genie mesh task chair by Latitude Run was ergonomically designed for comfort and support. The adjustable seat will swivel 360 degrees ($85.99, including shipping). See more office chairs at Wayfair, priced at up to 70{397f7d3bf28e79e4b04697a61c19976344b6039fc71c31bcb0404a4bd2f8b6ab} off and with free shipping.
  • Supportive office and work chairs come in different styles, from executive, banker’s and drafting chairs to ergonomic, exercise ball and kneeling chairs.
  • Flexispot, which designs ergonomic office furniture, has a height-adjustable, stationary desk bike that lets you pedal while you work (on sale at $299.99, was $349.99, includes shipping). Use the code DESKBIKE at checkout and receive 10{397f7d3bf28e79e4b04697a61c19976344b6039fc71c31bcb0404a4bd2f8b6ab} off.
  • Chair mats protect floors and help you and your chair wheels move easier. Staples has a variety of chair mats, starting at $21.99, for carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors. A 44-inch-by-52-inch roll-up chair mat made of natural bamboo is $59.99.

Ikea’s Riggad work lamp has wireless charging.Ikea


  • Lighting that makes it easier on your eyes to work comes in a variety of looks, shapes and prices. Home Depot has desk and floor lamps in modern, industrial, classic, rustic and traditional styles.
  • A home office might benefit from an air-circulating ceiling fan with a light or maybe even a fancy chandelier. Take 25{397f7d3bf28e79e4b04697a61c19976344b6039fc71c31bcb0404a4bd2f8b6ab} off select chandeliers at Home Depot.
  • Ikea’s work lamps have built-in, integrated wireless charging stations. The Riggad work lamp has wireless charging and LED lights ($59.99).


If you can’t muffle the sound of other activity in your home, you may want to use noise-canceling headphones to help you stay focused on work.

  • Bose headphones are widely considered the industry standard. As such, they aren’t cheap. Expect to pay avout $400 (refurbished headphones are about $299.95). Standard shipping is free for orders of $50 or more.
letter sorter

Etsy offers wood letter sorters.Etsy

Mail and other printed documents need to be kept in check before they pile up. Decide if each should be shredded or tossed, filed away or handled. Here are some ideas:

printer stand

Office Depot has the Realspace Magellan 29-inch-wide printer stand on sale at $109.99 (save $40).Office Depot

A dedicated printer stand can free up your desk space. Office Depot has printer stands, starting at $109.99 (save $40), as well as printers (even 3D printers) and printer paper, inks and supplies. Take 15{397f7d3bf28e79e4b04697a61c19976344b6039fc71c31bcb0404a4bd2f8b6ab} off one qualifying regularly priced item when you sign up to receive emails.

peg board

Wayfair has the Belton elephant pegboard (20 inches high by 20 inches wide) on sale at $57.99.Wayfair

book case

Cost Plus World Market has a midcentury modern-style walnut brown Ashlyn bookshelf ($299.99).Cost Plus World Market


A two-sided, waterproof desk blotter comes in a variety of colors (31.5 inches by 15.7 inches).Amazon

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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