Home Office Furniture: Functionality Vs Aesthetics Debate Heats Up

Home Office Furniture Functionality

Home Office Furniture: Functionality Vs Aesthetics Debate Heats Up

As the pandemic has prompted a surge in remote work, home office furniture suppliers are engaged in a lively debate over what customers truly desire – functionality or aesthetics. While some argue that customers prioritize a practical workspace that enhances productivity, others contend that consumers are increasingly seeking stylish designs that blend seamlessly with their home decor.

Micah Swick, president of Bernards Furniture, a full home case goods supplier, believes that customers are leaning towards style over storage. “In this digital age, paper files have become obsolete and modern devices like laptops and tablets are more powerful than ever. This allows consumers to focus on creating an inviting and comfortable workspace,” Swick explained. He added that customers are seeking tranquility in their home offices, which can be achieved through aesthetic elements such as lighter finishes and curves.

Echoing Swick’s sentiments, Chuck Auten, vice president of merchandising for Century Furniture, noted that as the need for large equipment and printed materials diminishes, so does the demand for bulky storage. Auten stated that the company has shifted its focus to decorative writing desks that can double as home office furniture. “Our best-selling products for home offices are writing desks that we design with an artistic flair using mixed media. These pieces are elegant enough to be placed in the living room or even serve as a bedside table,” he said.

However, not all suppliers agree with this aesthetics-first approach. AspenHome and BDI, for instance, emphasize the importance of functionality. Dave Adams, BDI’s vice president of marketing, stated that customers often underestimate the importance of smart office furniture until they start shopping. “A well-designed office desk considers factors such as cable management, keyboard drawers, file storage, and supply organization. These elements create an efficient workspace that inspires creativity and makes working enjoyable,” Adams said.

A spokesperson from AspenHome also stressed the rise in demand for functional designs, storage solutions, and multipurpose work surfaces. “Sales of door bookcases, mini files on castors, and workstation/combo file have skyrocketed to cater to consumers’ needs,” the spokesperson said. They added that consumers are looking for compact office furniture that can fit in any room of the home. “Products like writing desks or lift-top workstations with an attached file cabinet are ideal for these consumers. Modular configurations are perfect for multiple people working at the same time.”

Choosing the best standing desk or an electric height adjustable standing desk can be a daunting task, but understanding the importance of both aesthetics and functionality can make the process easier. Furthermore, the health benefits of an electric stand up desk should also be considered when setting up a home office.

In conclusion, the debate between functionality and aesthetics in home office furniture may ultimately come down to each company’s unique identity – their specialization in the category, their reputation for style and design, and their target consumers. As the home office furniture market continues to evolve, suppliers will need to strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics to meet the diverse needs of remote workers.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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