Working Remote? 8 Home Office Essentials For Your Space
Whether you work from home (WFH) as you run your own business, spend a few days working out of your apartment each month or are practicing social distancing in light of the coronavirus, you need a functional home office. These must-haves will help you create a space where you can truly be productive.
Once you've set up your live-in workspace, give it a fun name like they do at The Wing’s coworking spaces. Because channeling madwoman Peggy Olson feels like a positive way to start the workday. Here, eight home office essentials for your space.
1. Designated Space
First and foremost, you need a specific area for your home office. It cannot be the kitchen table, the couch or—gasp—the bed, as tempting as that may be. If an extra room is available to you, perfect. If the only space to spare is a corner of the guest bedroom, take it. Just make sure you clearly differentiate between home and office. Screen dividers are super helpful for open floor plans or secluding yourself into an office-specific zone. Try snagging one like this Jakun Honey Shoji panel divider that lets a little light through while blocking distractions.
2. Ergonomic Chair
We’ll be blunt: Bad chair, bad office. Good chair? Great office. Invest in an ergonomic chair that is comfortable, supportive and adjustable. They make ’em real cute now too (this one's by Serta, the mattress brand, so it has thick memory foam to really envelop you). It's a little more of an investment than your standard folding chair, but your back (and mind) will thank you.
3. Versatile Desk
Sitting all day might not be your thing, ergonomic chair or not. In that case, opting for a desk that can morph into a standing desk might be a good idea. Tons of brands are hopping onto the wellness wagon to ensure workers can stand and stretch without logging off or sacrificing style. This light oak design is totally on trend, and at 55 inches long, you can spread out and really get stuff done.
Already have a desk? For just $31, you can get this sleek white laptop stand that will transform your existing table into a standing desk setup.
4. Ample Lighting
Home offices benefit from lots of natural light. If possible, set up shop near a window. If not, make sure you’ve got bright task lighting on your desk and inviting general lighting overhead. A City University London study found that lighting impacts productivity and happiness in the workplace; both improve when individuals can adjust the lighting according to their needs. We love this matte mint green adjustable task light.
5. EFFICIENT ORGANIZATION
There’s nothing more frustrating—or unprofessional—than misplacing important items. Being able to locate something at the drop of a hat, whether it’s a paperclip or a client contract, will make your life more efficient and your image more polished. Every home office requires both desktop organization (for things like pens, scissors and staples) and hidden organization (for things like paperwork, marketing materials and physical files). We adore this copper-colored desktop organizer and this rose-gold inbox/outbox filing set.
7. Reliable Printer
This one may not be an essential for everybody since many businesses are going paperless. However, if you need a printer, find one that is reliable and suits your needs—not your wants, but your needs. If you often create PDF files from scanned images, invest in a printer with scanning capabilities. If you print invoices or contracts constantly, find a printer with cartridge longevity. Just don’t buy all the fancy bells and whistles if it’ll sit accumulating dust.