For about 4 million Americans, at least half of their work week is spent working from home.

A 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 60 percent of U.S. companies offer employees some sort of telecommuting opportunities.

“Working from home is a way of life for many Americans, and home office furnishings are evolving to support the needs of this modern workforce,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of public relations for the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

“If someone in your household is taking advantage of a work-from-home option in 2019, now is the time to upgrade a workspace to maximize productivity.” Says Hirschhaut. “Flexible, multi-function and ergonomic furnishings increase our ability to stay organized and on task, and ultimately can increase your satisfaction with remote working.”

Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience
The Invigo desk has a built in motor that can power this desk to multi-heights.

I work from home and know how important it is to get it right. It always amazes me how some people will choose the dullest locations in the house to set up their at-home office. Working from home can be very lonely. You need a space that can inspire you and furniture that works for you and the task you’re doing.

My office is in my studio/laundry room. When I remolded my home a few years ago I knew I wanted to start working from home and designed the perfect spot. My studio is just steps away from my kitchen. It is on the front corner of my house with three big tall windows that overlook my garden.

Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience
Fairfield Chair table collection features a living edge with acrylic or metal bases.

Cabinets and shelves line the walls making it easy for me to store catalogues, reference books, samples and paperwork. The entire space including the cabinets are painted a soft, clean aqua. One of my favorite colors.

My desk is a small inexpensive one that fits perfectly in front of a window. The desk chair is a French arm chair that was one of the first pieces of furniture I purchased over 40+ years ago. I’m getting ready to paint it purple and pink to go with my new rug.

I’m inspired every time I go into my studio, even if it’s to throw in a load of laundry or wash up my garden sneakers. A larger corkboard holds fabric samples, pictures to inspire project ideas and photos of my grandchildren.

Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience
Stylish and fresh, Fine Furniture’s Asian inspired desk brings inspiration to sophisticated offices.

Your work surface should be multi-functional but that doesn’t mean it can’t be inspiring. Tables in Fairfield’s Live Edge collection are one-of-a-kind masterpieces of nature. Paired with the Uma side chair in channel-quilted leather create the perfect work space in any room. Don’t be afraid to set up shop in the living room or dining room when you have furniture like this.

We all know we need to walk and stand more than we sit. The Genevieve collection from Twin Star Home offers a rich, weathered pine finish and refined lines. The desk features three programmable height settings, which can be selected from the Ilumitouch ™ control panel on the desktop. It even has a programmable reminder-alert when it’s time to stand up. Integrated, multi-port charging station and two desk drawers make this selection highly functional.

Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience
The Genevieve collection provides high-tech features for those who are both work and wellness aware.

If your style runs a little more sophisticated, check out the Prosperity desk from Fine Furniture Design. A study in mixed materials, the desk has a taupe leather inset top and soft gold metal fretwork details on either end. A lovely combination of Asian and European design.

For those who prefer to sit, heated office chairs are the next generation in home office comfort and wellbeing. Who knows, I might be willing to swap out my antique French chair for one that’s heated.