How to Style Retro Furniture in Your Home

What is retro style furniture?

At the Direct Office Supply Company, we stock a range of retro style furniture. These are new pieces of furniture, designed to resemble the style of vintage pieces which have been popular in past decades. These much-loved styles are making a comeback in 2020 with bold statement chairs and throwback pieces like turntable stands for a truly vintage feel. 

With high quality, affordable pieces from our home furniture brands Dorel and Shankar, you’ll find everything you need to give your home a retro makeover.


How do I style retro furniture in my home?

The Owen range from Dorel Home Furniture features coordinating pieces in a range of different colour finishes to suit any décor. Each piece in this minimalistic range features a sleek woodgrain finish paired with hairpin legs for the ultimate retro look. A coffee table is an essential for a stylish living room, and the Owen range has the choice of a round or rectangular table.


A matching round or square table by the side of your couch is great for holding your cup of coffee, magazines or books, a lamp, or other items to bring character to your living room. The Owen Round End Table can be seen styled with different lamps, house plants and books. The subtle walnut or grey oak finish is easy to match with any colour scheme you choose.

The Owen TV stand is a great example of how this range combines vintage style design with modern needs. This stand is suitable for TVs up to 42” and has two cubbies for storing your TV box or DVD player, with the same sleek finish as the other products in this line.

If you’re a lover of all things vintage and retro, a record player is an essential. Whether you have a turntable with speakers or a suitcase style record player, the Concord Turntable stand is a great choice for storing and displaying your turntable and records. This unit comes in two sizes and a variety of colour options that combine white, walnut, blue and oak panels. Dorel provides a range of pictures showing different ways you could style the Concord stand in your home, with other retro style accessories.


A customer photo shows how they have styled their Concord stand with accessories that have elements of 70s style, such as bold floral patterns and bright colours. The larger size means added space for displaying items- and more albums!

Pairing minimal and bold pieces is a great way to achieve the vintage look in your home. Warm, bright yellows and oranges are perfect for achieving a 1970s style and look great with walnut furniture. Shankar Furniture supplies a huge selection of statement chairs, some of which are ideal for a retro style living room. The Pacific chair is a great choice if you’re looking to bring warm tones to your home, as it comes in yellow or brick orange.

Another essential element of retro seating is a bold frame. Shankar have plenty of chairs in this style, but our favourites are the Logan and Monaco, which come in a variety of fabric and leather-look finishes. The curved arms and striped print of the Restmore chair would make this an eye-catching addition to your seating area.

What are the Benefits of Height Adjustable Desks?

What are the benefits of sit-stand and height adjustable desks?

At the Direct Office Supply Company, we stock a wide range of height adjustable desking. From manual to electronic, and from single person desks to tables for group projects, there’s a height adjustable desk that will be perfect for you. 

Many studies have focussed on the health benefits of sitting vs. standing at work, and what this can do for weight loss, back problems, heart disease and other ailments. Here at Direct Office, we agree that sitting at a desk all day could promote bad posture and back problems if you’re not comfortable and supported.

However important this may be, there’s much more to height adjustable desks than promoting good health in the workplace. Here’s Direct Office’s top reasons to try a height adjustable desk in your office.


They’re not just for standing up

Although many people refer to them as “sit-stand”, you don’t necessarily need to use a height adjustable desk to switch between positions. A height adjustable desk is an ideal way to ensure your office set-up is promoting good posture, even if you’re seated all day. Adjusting your desk to the perfect height for you can ensure that your computer screen is at eye level and you’re able to sit back in your chair comfortably without slouching.


The best way to use your height adjustable desk in this way is with a high-quality ergonomic office chair. If you’re sitting at your desk for long periods, a 24-hour office chair might offer you the best support.


They’re great for hot-desking and group projects

If you have collaborative projects and group work going on in your business, you need the right desk to accommodate this. Maybe your office works on a hot-desk system and you need a desk that suits the needs of every user. A height adjustable desk is the perfect solution. The Advance Desk from Lavoro is a great example, as it can be set at any height between 640mm and 1300mm. If your team needs to sit down, they can pull up a chair and sit comfortably, or stand if preferred.

The Duo desk is also a great option, with two desktops that operate independently of one another. This means you can have a combination of sitting and standing users.


They promote inclusivity in the workplace

Height adjustable desks are able to meet the needs of much more of the working population today than a standard desk. Having an office set up that meets all of your employees’ needs is extremely important, and a height adjustable desk is a great way to achieve this.

The Advance desk is a great choice for wheelchair users as it has a greater height range than most motor operated desks, lowering to 640mm.


Users of any height can find a comfortable position with Lavoro’s desking range, with options for manually operated desks as well as electric systems. The Duo desk, with its two independent work surfaces, would allow for two users of differing heights to either sit or stand comfortably at the same desk.

sit stand

Best Ideas to Decorate your Home Office

Ideas for Creating the Best Home Office Desk or Study area

If you work from home, the best way to be productive is creating a dedicated workspace. Whether it’s for business or study, the first step to kitting out your home office is choosing the best Home Office desk to suit your needs.

Not everyone has space in their home to dedicate an entire room to their work, so we’ve come up with some solutions to the biggest questions about setting up the perfect home office within the room you have. Here are some ways to get the most out of your home office without compromising on style and how to purchase a Home office Desk that suits your needs.

“How do I make a study area within my living room?”- Matching your Home office desk to your furniture.

Creating an office area within your existing living room or lounge can be a great idea if you don’t have a spare room to convert to an office. The key to making the most of your space is choosing furniture that matches your décor and also serves a function. This could mean choosing a desk with a stylish modern finish, like the Kentucky desk, that has plenty of built in storage to prevent your room from becoming cluttered.

kentucky desk

Another option is to choose a desk with coordination home furniture ranges, like the Clifton Place range from Teknik furniture.


Their executive desk and L shaped desk already provide plenty of storage, but if you have lots of documents to file, the matching side filer is an excellent choice.


This cabinet would blend in great in a living room with its stylish grand walnut finish and has the option to add a hutch. The hutch is a great option if you’d like to turn the unit into a bookcase, or even display home décor or ornaments to give a homely feel.


A matching sideboard and credenza are also available from this mid-century style range.

“How do I make my study look stylish?”- A pop of colour could be the remedy for your stuffy office

One main concern with adding an home office to your home is that it some home office desks could look business-like and uninviting. One great solution to this is choosing pieces that add something to the room rather than choosing something that just fits the space. A pop of colour is an excellent way to do this, whether it’s a desk with a colourful accent or a funky mesh chair.

Dorel Furniture is a brand that supplies a range of office desks that look great in the home. Their Xavier desk is a great example. It can be seen here, styled against two different statement wallpapers that complement the pop of blue within the shelving pedestal. 



The shelves are great for stationery or boxes to keep clutter off your desktop, but if you wanted to accessorise, you could display your favourite books, ornaments or photos.

The Rocco chair from Shankar Furniture is a popular choice for home office, as it comes in some very on-trend shade options- a luxurious grey brushed velvet and a bright yellow leather look- as well as the more subtle graphite option. The Rocco design also comes as a barstool and if you like to match your furniture across rooms, they look fantastic at a breakfast bar. 

“How do I organise my home office?”- finding the right storage for you

When it comes to storage for your home office, there are plenty of options that are versatile and stylish. Our filing cabinets from Silverline come in 28 different colour options, which means no dodgy DIY paint jobs to get a cabinet that matches your room. As well as standard foolscap filing cabinets, which is our most popular option, Silverline also offer multi-drawer cabinets, storage cupboards, side filing cabinets and many more options- all in the same colour range so it’s easy to coordinate. Some products are available in a two-tone finish for an even quirkier look.



Another option, especially if you’re looking to add a work space to a living area, is a tall bookcase that also functions as a room divider. This means you can keep your work separate from the area where you relax. The Lawrence bundle is an excellent option if you like an industrial, modern finish.


The Wildwood bookcase has a more classic wooden effect and is available in Espresso and Rustic Grey.


A room divider style bookcase is a great idea if you have books and objects you want to keep on display, as its all open storage. If you’re looking for more discreet storage, for papers and documents for example, but still want to keep some items on display, a bookcase with bins might be the right fit for you.

The Landon bookcase has a combination of open and concealed storage, and there is a matching desk in the range which is ideal if you’re looking to coordinate.


The Mercer bookcase as 3 drawers and one cabinet, as well as a spacious open hutch. There is also a range of home furniture which coordinates with the Mercer bookcase.


“What can I do if I don’t have space for a desk?”- Fold away office solutions for small spaces

If you’re looking to set up an office or study space, but don’t have room for a desk or don’t want a desk in the room permanently, a fold-away desk might be the right option for you. The Hampstead Park and Avon wall desks look like a small wall cabinet when they are closed but flip down to create a desk with more space than you would imagine. Both of these desks have an internal pinboard for important notes, and an upper shelf for any objects you might want to display.





These desks are ideal for a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else in the home. 

RETAIL Ombudsman

We at Direct Office Supply are pleased to announce we are now members of the Retail Ombudsman Service.

The Ombudsman are independent not for profit and impartial organisation that specialises in resolving disputes between consumers, retailers and tradesmen in the UK.

Their service is free for consumers. All members are bound by our Code of Practice. Their role is to ensure all parties receive a fair and reasonable outcome.

We at Direct Office Supply feel that it is an important part of Online shopping allowing our customers the comfort of knowing that we take any issues with their order very seriously and work hard to resolve these with them.

In the very few cases were a customer would like independant advice they can contact the Ombudsman who will assist and we as a company feel this is a big step forward for Online Trading.


New Mesh Chairs - Coming Soon

We have just returned from one of the Dams International open days held at Hampden Park Glasgow and have been one of the first to see the brand new range of Mesh office chairs available for 2014. From the bright colours of the Vega Mesh chairs in Red , Orange and Lime Green to the eye catching Grey mesh Oracle chair. Our personal favourite was the all new Orion chair with a unique pivoting arm allowing you to get the chair closer to your desk or worktop and for the ultimate in Mesh chairs choose the Boron.


Over the next few weeks more of these chairs will be appearing on our site and we know they will be some of the most popular Mesh office chairs we have launched online

Price Beat - Price Match what is the difference ?

Free Henry Hoover

Great Offer on this fantastic 750 sheet cross cut shredder, Free Henry Hoover when you purchase the Rexel Auto+ 750 shredder

Bean Bag Meeting Room

Spotted this whilst looking for some new Features for the Blog

This appeared in an article 12 ways to Pimp your office here

Time to change our reception I think

About The Direct Office Supply Co

We have made some changes to the About us page on our Site, we hope this will give you a little insight into how we as a company operate.

We let you know how we supply the products on our site, where the stock is held and how we compare to our competitors. We also try to allay some fears about trading online and how secure it really is and why we at Direct Office Supply should be your number 1 choice.

March/April 2013 Newsletter

Hello there and welcome to the March/April edition of our newsletter. We will be filling you in with this months best selling products & keeping you up to date with popular items returning into stock throughout April. Plus, we have a sneak peak of some gorgeous new products coming soon to Direct Office Supply.



The Bari leather office chair is available in either black or white leather to suit a multitude of environments, plus the modern style would look good in either the home study or a contemporary office. What's more - it is on offer at Direct Office for only 124.99 - no wonder it has been a best seller this month! This chair has both style and substance...just click here for further details & specification.


Returning into stock for mid April is the much awaited and ever popular Goliath Heavy Duty Office Chair. This is one of our most popular products so place your orders now as stock has arrived back in our warehouse and is flying back out!

There is no reason not to buy a special treat for our customers we have lowered our price to a staggeringly low 157.99!!

Dont miss out, buy now at Direct Office Goliath Chair It'll be with you in no time and will make a brilliant addition to the home or office.


Dynamic Office Seating have just launched a stunning new range of boardroom furniture. Look out for these sleek pieces of furniture arriving at Direct Office at the start of next week. The range will include boardroom tables in various sizes, plus matching credenzas - both available in high gloss black or white.


Massage Chair Launch

We have just received new product from one of our top seating suppliers Teknik and they have came up with a rather unique way of showing off this range. What do you think ?

Keep Fit At Your Desk

When you have a spare few minutes you can find some great new ideas online and instead of going out for a walk at lunchtime to get fit (well it was raining )we surfed the web and came across this great new idea on the BBC news site .

Will it catch on See Below

Could walking while we work significantly improve our chances of living to a ripe old age? I hope so.

Many experts believe that there is convincing evidence that sitting all day is killing us. A number of scientific studies have focused on an increasingly sedentary lifestyle as a key reason why people suffer age-related diseases.

"The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that prolonged sitting is shortening our lives and also our quality of life," says Dr James Levine, director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University.

Levine, an endocrinologist, says our computer and gadget-driven society shoulders much of the blame.

"The health consequences of prolonged sitting... include not only obesity but also hypertension, hyperlipidemia - high cholesterol if you like - cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, poor or low mood, a predisposition to diabetes," he says.

Peter Bowes tries out a treadmill designed to be used in the office

Putting it bluntly, the overall impact is "early death".

Faced with such a litany of negative consequences, Levine has tested and promoted the concept of a treadmill desk as a way of countering the effects of modern day living.

A number of companies are now manufacturing desks with a modified treadmill base attached to a counter level work surface. The belt is designed to go at a low speed - up to 4mph - with most users opting for 1-2mph.
Dr James Levine on a treadmill desk A normal day in the office for Levine

The average person will burn about 100 calories for every mile that they walk.

Google, Microsoft and Evernote, and the hotel chains Hyatt and Marriott, are among the companies using treadmill desks.

"The interesting thing is that they are putting them in common areas, so that people can use them for an hour then go back to their normal location," says Peter Schenk, president of the exercise equipment company LifeSpan.

Some companies have a check-out system, while other users prefer to have their own dedicated desk, for the entire day.

"We've also had installations in a number of homes where people work and they find themselves very sedentary throughout the day," adds Schenk.

The balance to be struck is between physical benefit and work productivity.
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In one company people are encouraged to stand when they take a phone call. Another has a no internal email day, so people have to leave their desks to deliver messages within the organisation.

A sitting person's guide to standing up
Stand up at office 'to lose fat'

After jumping on one of the treadmills myself, I found that typing on a computer takes some getting used to, but after a few hours it's second nature. Writing is not so easy.

Teresa Barnes, from Memphis, says she averages 30 to 40 miles (48 to 64 km) per week on her treadmill desk.

"You're seriously multi-tasking," she says. "Every time I walk on this I consider it a gift for me."

Barnes runs a non-profit foundation and spends many hours a week on the telephone.

"We do a lot of conference calls and usually in the beginning of a call I tell them I'm turning my treadmill desk on, and they laugh.

"They get a real kick out if it, sometimes at the end of the phone call I'll tell them how far I've walked," she adds.

Software developer Brian Slick has been using a treadmill desk for over a year and has written a blog about his experience.

"I'm not really good about regular exercise such as going to the gym. I needed some way to get exercise while doing work so I don't have to set aside time for it."

Walking up to five hours a day, Slick says he had reduced his waist by 5cm and lost 35lbs (16kgs).
Peter Bowes at the treadmill desk Bowes burnt 300 calories in the writing of this feature

However, he says, the experience "has not all been roses." He has suffered from pain on the bottom of his feet due to inflammation.

"I probably ramped up too quickly and my body didn't adjust all that well. I should have consulted a doctor before starting and worked out some kind of an easing in process," he says.

"But the net result has still been worth it."

Amy Wunsch, a physical therapist, from Newhall in California, says the device is a "fantastic" solution for people suffering the physical issues associated with sitting for extended periods of time.

They include muscle imbalance, flexibility issues and lower back weakness.

But she has a cautionary warning for new users, who may be tempted to shrug over a laptop while walking.

"Make sure that your computer screen is at eye level. The body follows the head, so if your head comes forward the rest of your body is going to slouch forward to go with it. What we want is a really tall posture."
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What if we could stay young forever? What if everyone had a car? What if is a season across BBC News looking at visions of the future.

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She also warns that walking for a prolonged period of time can lead to overuse injuries.

"It can lead to repetitive strain - especially in the foot and ankle. So if someone's foot and ankle isn't working quite properly that would really exacerbate any injury that could occur there," she says.

But Wunsch's overall assessment is positive. "It's about time," she says.

"We've been in a world that computers and technology have taken over. We have just come and gone with it and made our bodies fit into the electronics instead of making the electronics fit us.


Merry Christmas From Direct Office Supply

We would like to thank our customers for their much appreciated business over 2012, and wish you all a very merry Christmas.

The offices will close at noon on Friday 21st and reopen on Thursday 3rd January at 10am.

Should you require our assistance please email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we return from the Christmas break.

End Of An Era

Brother Typewriters end of an era

Since 1985 Brother has manufactured an incredible 5,855,533 typewriters in their Wrexham based factory. Last week that era came to an end, as Brother constructed the last typewriter to be built in the UK. This typewriter (a Brother CM-1000) will now feature alongside over 200 other typewriters as part of an exhibit in the Science Museum, London. Find out more in our Video of the Week, below.

For the best price on the Brother AX425 Typewriter click here

Reduce Stress In the Workplace Hire a Dog

Bringing your dog to work can reduce stress, but does it work ?

Many offices have an open-pet policy in which their employees can bring their dogs into work; others even let their pet become a company mascot,boosting morale and winning over clients.We are a nation of Dog Lovers after all aren't we ?

So Should dogs become a part of every workplace?

A study in the United States ( where else ) by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers revealed that workers who brought their dogs in to work had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who didn't bring them and at least 80 percent of their co workers who didn't bring dogs to work felt that the doggie presence didn't negatively influence productivity.

"We think dogs' presence in the workplace may reduce stress for their owners, increase job satisfaction even for those without pets, and it may increase perceptions of organizational support," management professor Randolph Barker quoted "It's a low-cost wellness intervention, or benefit, that's available readily to any organization."

Many large companies already allow dogs in the office. Google, for example, calls itself a "dog friendly company." In Fact Googles Dog Policy States - "Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out." Amazon let employees bring their dogs into work, but they must be on a leash. Most organizations stipulate that office dogs must be vaccinated, housebroken and well-behaved to minimize distractions to others.

So what would help you reduce workplace stress, up till now we have only had stress balls and massage chairs so is an office dog the answer, what do you think ? Oh by the way this is our Office Dog.......



Top Ten Coolest Offices in the UK

Take a look at the Top Ten Coolest offices in the UK - Do you know of any better ?


Although we at Direct Office Supply are not in this list, we can help turn your office round. Take a look at the Colourful filing ranges from silverline, add a matching office chair from Dynamic and top it off with a brand new White Desk or Workstation. Why not turn one of your favourite photographs into wall art , over the next few months we are going to look at making our already bright offices a bit more fun and funky and will keep you updated.

Springfield Glass Computer Desk

The Springfield Glass Computer Desk from Alphason has now arrived

This Glass Computer work station with it's modern design, Grey legs and sturdy 10mm glass worktop will look great in any Office or Home Office and as a Special Product Launch Offer Direct Office Supply are giving customers 15.00 Cash Back with every Springfield Computer Desk.

This Offer is too good to last so grab this Fantastic Deal whilst stocks last

A Grade Printer Bargains

Why buy at full price when you can pick up some great bargains in our A Grade Sale Box. From time to time we get the chance to offer our customers fantastic deals on A grade printers from Brother and the savings on these machines can be excellent. Choose from Inkjet printers to Colour laser and Multifunction machines and save pounds.
But what are A Grade machines ? - Well firstly they are NOT secondhand or faulty. A Grade (refurbished) machines are in 'as new' condition. They are a machine that has been returned as incorrectly ordered, not required or the unit may have failed on arrival in which case the failed part is replaced and therefore A Graded. A full 12 months warranty is included. So take a browse through our A Grade Sale Box there may be some bargains waiting, remember stocks are limited so when they are gone they are GONE.


New Flex Colourful Office Chair Just Launched

We know our customers will be just as excited about the launch of the funky Flex office chair as we are.

You are spoiled for choice when customizing this chair. There are various combinations of seat, back and frame colour to choose from - including Green, Blue, Red, Orange and much more! You're only limited by your imagination....mix and match colours to tie in with your corporate colours or home study decor.

Looking for a total home office re-vamp? We found the Flex chairs looked great with the colourful Spectrum desk, if you want to make a bold statement with eyecatching colours. Alternatively, the original Flex in black & white looks great with the new Aaron workstation - for a sleek monochrome look.

Here at Direct Office Supply we are working hard to bring you the brightest furniture on the market to date. No longer do you have to resort to buying a boring blue or charcoal chair when we are pushing our suppliers daily for funky and fresh seating ideas to brighten up our customers workspace - be it home or office.

New Alphason Products Just Launched

Our friends at Alphason have just launched 6 new items of office furniture : Three stylish new executive chairs and three modern glass workstations (take a look at a few of the products below).

Here at Direct Office Supply, we know our customers are big fans of contemporary design and anticipate these sleek, stylish items will be flying out the door. Especially considering we have 10 off all these items until 30th October with voucher code '' RESERVE1 ''

The range includes two leather-look executive chairs, the classic style Parker and the Hartford with stitching detail. Plus a mesh style - the Linfield - which has a unique take on a mesh back.


The new range also includes the simplistic Springfield rectangular desk, which we think would be ideal for a young adult's study area. The Montana desk is another great study desk option, and has a pedestal to store away any mess. However, our favourite has to be the Augusta corner desk. It ticks all the boxes for style, storage space and price.

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