Affordable Home Office Alternatives To Our DWR Favorites

Affordable Home Office Alternatives To Our DWR Favorites

Eric Chen
Sep 8, 2011

Design Within Reach has some of our most favorite home furniture pieces, along with great office furnitures that will fit right in with our homes. But not all of us, myself included, have deep enough pockets to afford its premium price tags. Join us as we explore some stylish and cost-effective alternatives to some of the most iconic pieces in the DWR catalog.

Lets start off with the biggest piece of your home office, the desk. Our current favorite in the DWR catalog is probably the Airia desk. We love its clean, modern look and the functionality it offers for today's home offices. But the retail price tag of over $2000 literally makes it our dream desk. In our Get This Look post, we recommended the CB2's fold desk for the similarity in its look. But the CB2 option lacks the functionality of the Airia desk, for this reason we'd recommend the Bluelounge StudioDesk over the CB2 fold desk. With cable management solution also built in, the StudioDesk matches both the look and functionality of the Airia desk, and at $599, the price tag is a lot easier to swallow.

Moving on to the piece of office furniture that probably gets the most use, the chair. The top choice office chair from the DWR catalog is probably Herman Miller's Aeron chair. The reason that the Aeron chair is popular is due to its adjustability as well as minimalistic look that will blend in with any modern office. Although the consensus around here is that a good office chair is worth the investment and the Aeron is definitely a relatively cost-effective solution considering all it has to offer.

The only chair we can wholeheartedly offer as more cost-friendly option is the Herman Miller Sayl chair. With the starting price of $399, it is definitely a bargain. Some research online also revealed that the Realspace Pro 9000 series from Office Depot is a cost friendly alternative to the Aeron chair. Since office chair is a very personal piece, it is difficult to recommend anything that we haven't tried ourselves, and for this reason we'd recommend personally trying your options before you make your decision.

If you need secondary seating in your home office, it is hard not to look at Eames Aluminum Management chair. As a classic Eames piece, the price tags is also "blessed" to be highly prized, coming in at just under $2000. We picked out two options that will match the look but ditch the price tag of the Management chair. Target's Executive leather chair matches the look of the Management chair with more modern accessories and adjustability.

If what you're looking for is a more contemporary adaptation to the Management chair, we also like West Elm's Swivel leather desk chair. Its one piece leather back combined with curved armrest and base gives it a more updated look in comparison with the Eames piece.

Moving onto home office storage solutions, we love the look of the Treku Modular Shelving from the DWR catalog. It makes bookshelves blend into the walls and allow it to become part of a room without being too intrusive.

An obvious alternative would be CB2's helix wall mounted bookcase, similarly designed, the CB2's alternative is even more low key with the powder coated frames, instead of the chrome. Do note the CB2 option is not a modular system meaning you won't be able to customize the shelving and additional shelving requires an entirely separate unit. For a good modular alternative to the Treku, we recommend IKEA's STOLMEN system. Although the STOLMEN is designed for customizing closet space, its extensive options will allow it to work well as your home office storage. The look is more industrial and less refined in comparison with the Treku, but for some this might be the preferred look.

What are some of your favorite DWR pieces that you'd like to see a more cost-friendly alternative for? Let us know in the comments below and we'll get working on finding more solutions for you!

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