Not every activity in a workspace requires an actual dedicated task chair. Sometimes all that's needed is a comfortable seat to pull up to sit in while mulling through documents, browsing online on a tablet, or to offer to a friend as they sit co-pilot as you showcase your own Sim City. Here are 5 occasional chairs to keep around in the home office for these momentary occasions...
IKEA SNILLE: IKEA categorizes the SNILLE as a "visitor's chair", and indeed we've seen these plastic and metal base chairs in a variety of workspaces as peripheral seating (very popular amongst dot.com startups). At just $21.99, they're one of the more affordable and design-friendly options available.
Target Carlisle Dining Chairs: these all-metal chairs are designed for the dining room, but there's no reason you couldn't use one or two of these in the home office instead. The metal frame is lightweight with plastic feet to protect from scuffing, and the $99.99 for 2 chairs price makes these a great deal for furnishing an office on a budget.
CB2 Slim White Chair: the name pretty much says it all, with ever-so-subtle curves and a minimalist profile constructed from Hirek techno-polymer composite, offering a comfortable amount of give when leaned back into. These chairs are also stackable for easy storage in groups. $99.95.
Kartell Dr. Yes: Philippe Starck's design is a striking juxtaposition of glossy exterior with matte finish interior, the contrast magnifying the lower lip drop design which provides comfortable leg support. The $198. price is in our upper limits of "affordable", but considering the designer pedigree, it's a modest splurge.
(Images: Marcia Prentice/A Creative Studio in Atwater Village; as linked above)