By Lou Carlozo, dealnews contributor Most of us spend more time at our jobs than with our spouses, our kids, or even at our favorite watering hole. But that doesn't mean work has to equal drudgery, or that our office spaces should reflect some sort of no-frills utility. You can make your office special — a workday sanctuary, even — with just a little bit of creativity, and some common cents for the bottom line. That's where dealnews comes in. These five bargains will show the boss just how far you can stretch a buck. And if you are the boss, then take advantage of these bargains and show the team just how deal hunting is done. Brenton Studio Zaida L-Shaped Desk Price: $119.99 with free shipping Discount: $30 off Is It Worth It?: OfficeMax offers this nifty computer desk, which comes in the all-important "L" shape, the optimal desk surface area. And if that doesn't impress you, maybe the look itself will: a rich espresso finish and silver powder-coated metal frame, supplemented by a pullout keyboard tray and a raised shelf, ideal for supplies and accessories. Regularly $150, this Zaida desk scores 3.6 out of 5 stars in OfficeMax's customer reviews. eXpansys Rolling Laptop Desk Price: $36.99 with free shipping Lowest By: $10 Is It Worth It?: This desk from eXpansys has that cool, futuristic sort of look — as viewed through a 1970s lens. Casters allow it to move easily around the office, and the split desktop makes room on your right for a legal pad, or some assortment of smaller techno-gadgets. Height-adjustable from 28" to 37", this desk is well suited for those working in close quarters, or as an accent to retro decor. Far out! Staples Valerian Plush Manager's Chair Price: $99.99 with free shipping Discount: $90 off Is It Worth It?: If you really, really aspire to be the manager one day, you're going to need a manager's chair. Staples delivers here with a rolling chair that features a black velvet fabric seat and back, pneumatic height adjustment, lumbar support, and an adjustable tilt tension and lock. With 270 reviews, the cumulative customer score on the Staples Valerian is 4.5 out of 5. Maybe all those happy buyers landed big promotions after buying it. As for whether you're next in line, there's only one way to find out: seize the deal! Ameriwood Tiverton Executive Desk Price: $119.99 with free shipping Lowest By: $30 Expires: October 29 Is It Worth It?: Let's assume you've made it to manager and now you aspire to become the executive in charge. You're going to need the right furniture. The Ameriwood Tiverton Executive Desk comes with a 1-year warranty, and is a solid desk with two file drawers and two box drawers. But you'll need to assemble it yourself — and a few customers on Staples' website complained that the construction part posed some difficulties. Overall satisfaction rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Ameriwood Tiverton Computer Workcenter Price: $129.99 with free shipping Lowest by: $50 Is It Worth It?: This Ameriwood item from Staples does much better in the consumer ratings than the aforementioned executive desk, scoring 4.5 out of 5 stars. Finished in plum, the computer workcenter includes a hutch with cubbies for organization, a slide out keyboard tray, file drawer, and large closed storage are for your CPU. Front page photo credit: Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos Lou Carlozo is dealnews' Green Dad columnist. He was most recently the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Follow him on Twitter — @LouCarlozo63. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.