The 8 Best Office Decorations of 2020

If you have to work from home, might as well do it in style

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Our Top Picks

Best Desk: Jarvis Adjustable Sit-Stand Bamboo Desk at Amazon

"This standing desk comes with four different custom presets, so you can save the preferences of different users."

Best Ergonomic Desk Chair: Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Desk Chair at Amazon

"A supportive ergonomic chair like this one will save you from back pain or discomfort if you're working from home."

Best Side Chair: eModern Decor Side Chair at Wayfair

"Its clean lines and sturdy construction make this chair look more expensive than it is."

Best Supplies Organizer: Poppin Orange Super Stacked at Poppin

"This glossy, streamlined modular organization set can be stacked or spread out over your desk—and it comes in six gorgeous colors."

Best Wall Calendar: 2020 Tall on the Wall Calendar at Paper Source

"This attractive calendar will add flair to your space and keep your high-level calendar activities available at a glance."

Best Mousepad: Northwind Supply Personalized Leather Mousepad at Etsy

"A monogrammed initial leather mouse pad will add timeless style to your office's computer set up."

Best White Board: Quartet Infinity Glass Magnetic Marker Board at Staples

"This frameless, tempered glass board is neutral enough to coordinate with any office decor, and it's even magnetic."

Best Filing Cabinet: Bird Rock Home Two-Tier File Cabinet at Amazon

"File your business paperwork in this side table, with hemp fiber drawers that look more stylish than other filing cabinets."

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Best Desk: Jarvis Adjustable Sit-Stand Bamboo Desk

Haven't you heard? Alternating sitting and standing throughout the day can do your body tons of good. This sleek, adjustable desk—with a top made from bamboo, a renewable resource—comes in widths ranging from 42 to 72 inches, with a choice of either a rectangular or curved top. The lifting and lowering mechanism is fairly quiet, with rubber grommets that help muffle noise and the sounds of vibration. The steel frame means it's less wobbly and top-heavy, and the hardware has been skillfully disguised, which helps make the overall profile of the desk as a whole look more elegant.

Have more than one person using it? There are four different custom presets, so if you have two people, each can save their preferences for both sitting and standing. The company also sells a set of locking casters if you'd like to keep your desk in place permanently.

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Best Ergonomic Desk Chair: Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Desk Chair

If you work from home, it can be tempting to spend the day on the couch or your favorite comfy chair, but investing in a supportive ergonomic chair will save you from back pain down the line. This one comes in several fun color options, like purple and orange, as well as a more discreet gray. The backrest is supportive, but also flexible enough to bend and move with the user. The chair also has plenty of adjustable settings, including height (both seat and armrests), width, depth, and recline. Although it's sold with casters meant for carpet, shoppers can opt to order ones specifically for hardwood floors at no extra charge.

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Best Side Chair: eModern Decor Side Chair

Side Chair

 Courtesy of Wayfair

Adding an attractive side chair doesn't just let you have space for guests, it's also a fun way to show off your personality, especially if you need a more traditional ergonomic desk chair for getting work done. This one is based on a popular and iconic mid-century modern design, but at a price that can work with many budgets.

It's made from a brightly colored woven fabric as well as molded plastic; note that some customers were disappointed that the fabric doesn't wrap around the chair, leaving exposed plastic on the back, which is something to keep in mind if you aren't planning to have it up against a wall. The legs are beech wood and the chair is designed to resist tipping. Although assembly is required, shoppers reported that the process is painless.

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Best Supplies Organizer: Poppin Orange Super Stacked

Orange Desk Organizer

 Courtesy of Poppin

Poppin is a New York City-based company known for their clean design and lively colors. This glossy, good-looking organizing set is a compilation of some of their most popular products: It comes with two paper trays, a medium-sized accessory tray, a silicone "this and that" tray for smaller items, a pen cup, and a set of 12 ballpoint pens.

Because it's modular, the set can be used in a variety of ways: Either stacked together or spread out across a desktop, depending on your working style. If orange isn't your thing, it also comes in six other shades, including pink, aqua, slate blue, and sage green.

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Best Wall Calendar: 2020 Tall on the Wall Calendar

Calendar

 Courtesy of Paper Source

Even if you're all about your Google Calendar, it can be helpful to have an attractive visual reminder on your wall to help keep you focused and thinking about the future. This one is nearly 2 feet high and approximately 18 inches wide, and embossed with glam rose gold foil, which makes it feel a bit more fancy than your average calendar.

The pages are made from jute, which is known as one of the more eco-friendly paper fibers. You'll find lots of space at the bottom for keeping track of to-do list items, notes, and goals. It's a 12-month calendar that begins in January and ends in December, and monthly pages are torn off when the month is over.

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Best Mousepad: Northwind Supply Personalized Leather Mousepad

Leather Mouse Pad

 Courtesy of Etsy

Novelty mouse pads with sayings like "I Work Hard So My Cats Can Have a Good Life" are fun, but can start to feel dated quickly. If you'd rather go for a timeless office style instead, check out these monogrammed initial leather mouse pads (they make great graduation gifts, too!). There are seven leather colors to choose from, and for the lettering, you'll have a choice of gold or silver foil or keeping it plain and matte.

The company, Northwind Supply, is based in Minnesota and offers a few different mousepads (including sustainable felt), as well as other attractive, personalized supplies such as tech accessory rolls, earbud covers, and business card cases.

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Best White Board: Quartet Infinity Glass Magnetic Marker Board

Quartet Infinity Magnetic Glass Marker Board

Courtesy of Staples 

A basic white board might be fine for your office conference room, but at home, you might want something that feels a bit more like artwork. Measuring 3 x 2 feet, this frameless, tempered glass board will coordinate with any home office decor—literally, since the clear glass will blend in with your office paint color. Something to keep in mind: Since it is transparent, you'll need to hang it on a light-colored wall to best see the writing.

The surface of the glass is magnetic, so you can also use it like a bulletin board, and the glass is easy to clean (no more annoying residue stains!) and resists scratches and dings. It's not cheap, but it's covered by a 15-year limited warranty, so you can feel good about your investment. The set also comes with a removable open rail, dry-erase marker, two magnets, and a pass-through mounting kit to make the hanging process go smoothly.

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Best Filing Cabinet: Bird Rock Home Two-Tier File Cabinet

This attractive storage piece would fit just as nicely in a living room as in an office. The baskets are made from woven hemp fiber, giving it a softer vibe than the typical file cabinet. They also have carrying handles, which are useful if you want to take your files to another part of your home, and can be used to hold either legal or letter size folders.

Reviewers report that the tabletop is sturdy enough to support a lamp, and if you decide you don't need file storage anymore, the bins can be easily repurposed to hold items like toys, games or blankets. Another thing to love: It comes already assembled, so you can start using it as soon as you open the box.

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