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The Best Stores For Creating Your Ideal Workspace

Get organized, achieve clarity, buy a pretty pen cup along the way.

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An inspiring work space does wonders for focus, so its worth investing a little TLC in the environment where you get stuff done (or ought to be getting stuff done). Whether you're a Marie Kondo disciple or relish in trinkets, the desk area you design should reflect your organizational flow and be free of any visually-distracting eyesores. Basically, your desire for a prettier pen cup is going to pay off in terms of productivity, and who can argue with that?

Here we've gathered 17 of the best shops on the internet for furnishing your perfect task space, be that a leaning desk in the hallway of your apartment, or a corner office in a skyscraper. We've included what to buy from the usual suspects (Ikea has unbeatably customizable desk options) and under-the-radar hits that are just as easy to shop as the megastores. (Need more? Check out our favorite home goods stores and our guide to dorm shopping).

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ABC Carpet & Home

Don't be fooled by the industrial-sounding name: there is nowhere like ABC Carpet & Home for elegant, corner-office worthy furniture. Find downright gorgeous desks, statement chairs, and bookshelves designed for proud trinket display.

Blu Dot

This Minnesota-based company excels at making modernist office furniture and isn't afraid of color. It's stocked with desks that fit small spaces without sacrificing design, and pretty office chairs that don't sit on wheels.


Crate & Barrel's stylish little brother gives really good accessory, selling an array of pencil cups, filing boxes, and dry erase boards. As for furniture, find everything you need for your social media consultancy start-up without totally depleting mom and dad round-one funding.

Container Store

When you're ready to drill a few holes in the wall, create a near-custom office set-up with the Elfa system, then fill those shelves with the huge assortment of colorful, coordinated storage boxes on offer.

Goods For the Study

Click over to the e-comm of this downtown NYC shop, an extension of McNally Jackson Bookstore, to suit your desk up with worldly treasures. Leather pencil cases from Tel Aviv, Japanese pens, and so many gorgeous planners are among the scores here.


Your favorite build-it-yourself Swedish megastore excels in the world of desks, offering a wide selection of tabletops and legs to mix and match. It wouldn't be hard to outfit an entire office — big or small — with its wares, including a wide selection of task lighting and modular storage solutions. Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala loves the unfortunately named Snile chair, assuring that it "not only looks clean and cool, it's also incredibly comfortable."


There is a world where ergonomic and beautiful collide, and it's evidenced in the desk chairs from this Pennsylvania-based brand loved for clean, iconic design.

MoMA Store

Literally museum-quality furniture and decor, reproduced from the Museum of Modern Art's own collection. For the office, find desks, lighting, and accessories spanning artful clocks to spendy Eames pieces produced by the original manufacturer, Herman Miller.


You'd be hard-pressed to beat this Japanese retailer in terms of stationery. Find your perfect notebook and stock up (perhaps with the aid of their robust-in-selection, refined-in-design storage solutions).

Omoi Zakka Shop

Shop paper things and pens for people who find grids comforting. The store's great planners include this monthly scheduler by Paperways, which Racked managing editor Tiffany Yannetta loves because it's "tear off and not tied to specific dates, so I can break down my to-do lists in whatever way makes sense for that month."


This LA-based boutique has an incredible selection of flexible planners, quirky-cool supplies, and colorful decorative objects. Nothing is terrifically expensive; everything will make your work space just a little bit happier.


Shop by color for coordinating staplers, pen cups, and notebooks in a rainbow from coral to silver. Visualize the end result with the site's Design a Desk tool.

Present & Correct

A UK-based shop with gratuitously good-looking paper goods, writing utensils, and vintage finds like 1960s stamps.

The Primary Essentials

As the name suggests, basics of the well-designed kind are in stock at this Brooklyn-based shop. In the office arena, this means pens, notecards, and stickies that should please those of the less-is-more ilk, at fair prices to boot.


Pulp stocks paper for days, from notebooks (an entire section of "dream journals") to multi-tasking paper blocks (this one has a pencil sharpener!).

West Elm

Mid-century modern with warmth — and none of that pesky consignment store browsing. Desks, chairs, and bookshelves that pack a design punch will run you more than Ikea, but aren't astronomical.

Zara Home

Much like its clothes, this Spanish fast-fashion retailer is best for those nonessential but pretty little extras. In the office, this translates to precious boxes, artful vases, and surprisingly stately lamps.

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