COVID-19 is changing the way we live. Most people now face a choice: work remotely or not at all. So what’s your office setup at home like?
It can seem daunting to create the perfect home office setup with such short notice, but don’t worry – I’m here to run you through the essentials.
You can’t beat a desktop computer for pure processing power and durability.
If you’re looking for quality and the best you can get, consider the Corsair One. The processor is incredible – use this PC for anything from video editing to graphic design to coding.
Desktops are great, but laptops will always win for convenience.
The 2019 HP Notebook ticks all my boxes. The quad-core processor promises speed, whilst the 17.3” inch HD display guarantees a great working experience.
Plus, it’s affordable. What more could you want?
2-1 devices combine a laptop with a tablet, making them lightweight yet powerful.
Lenovo is the market leader here, and the Lenovo Flex 14 has everything you could hope for. The impressive 12GB RAM will help you run lots of programs at once, whilst the excellent processor guarantees you can use them efficiently. Plus, it includes a stylus touchscreen pen worth around $50!
Having a monitor is a must for desktop owners and a highly recommended productivity-booster for laptop users.
This Samsung SD300 CBD Monitor is a generous 23.6 inches wide and boasts 1080p display. It will certainly meet the needs of most home workers.
Check out our blog ‘The Best Home Office Setup to Get You Up and Running’ for a deeper dive into computers, monitors, and phone setup.
Many laptop users prefer to opt for a separate keyboard – they’re bigger and easier to use, and it helps you ergonomically as you can move your laptop further away or prop it up like I do when I’m working at my co-working space… yes it’s a bar… and yes espresso martinis are more common than plain espressos.
The Arteck 2.4G is wireless, so you won’t need to worry about adding more pesky cables to your desk. Just plug the USB into your laptop and you’re good to go!
A mouse is essential for desktop users and a smart idea for anyone. All those extra seconds fiddling around with the trackpad add up!
The VicTsing Wireless Portable Mobile Mouse works up to 33 ft away from the computer, although I can’t imagine sitting that far away from my screen.
If you’re looking for the keyboard and mouse combination, check out the ergonomic wave design of the Logitech MK550 wireless keyboard and MK510 laser mouse.
If your work involves online meetings, it’s helpful to upgrade to a high-quality webcam.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam offers dual stereo mics with noise reduction and full HD video, so your colleagues can both hear and see you clearly. This is what Rowan uses for recording for the Love Work at Home Youtube channel.
To go the extra mile, consider purchasing a headset, too. Having an in-built microphone guarantees the best sound quality.
Blue Parrot B-450XT is an industry-leading Bluetooth headset with a fast, reliable connection. It also boasts up to 96% noise cancellation.
A VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a tool that allows you to make cheap calls, use broadband connection, and get a dial tone.
The Obihai OBi200 VoIP Adapter lets you connect to GoogleVoice as your service provider, which provides all the features you might need for free, from 3-way calls to call forwarding.
You might put up with slow internet for everyday tasks like browsing social media, but once you’re relying on it for your work tasks, it will drive you crazy.
Spare yourself the pain and invest in a high speed internet package, and connect it to a great router and modem.
A quality network router ensures you can get coverage throughout your house.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 Smart WiFi Router is an incredible device. With an offering that includes a super-fast wireless speed of 1900 Mbps, up to 1800 square feet of coverage (for your mansion obviously), and the ability to handle up to 30 devices (for all your guests in your mansion), what more could you ask for?
There are also less comprehensive models available for the more economical office setup at home.
You can’t access the internet at all without a modem, so make sure you choose a good one! NETGEAR products are compatible with all major internet providers but come at a lower cost than rental choices.
The powerful NETGEAR Cable Modem CM1000 is suitable for plans up to 1 gigabit. However, if you don’t need quite that much capacity, you could opt for something that comes at a lower price point.
whilst the NETGEAR Cable Modem CM500 is for cable plans up to 300 Mbps. This might not mean much to you, but it’ll all make sense when you start talking high-speed plans with an internet provider.
No home office setup is complete without the perfect printer and scanner.
To make sure you have all bases covered, it’s best to opt for a multipurpose machine. The Canon MX922 inkjet all-in-one printer offers printing, scanning, copying, and fax options.
It’s small enough to fit on your desk yet boasts auto-duplexing, dual paper trays (one for A4 and one for smaller paper sizes), touch screen, and it would look great in your office setup at home!
Check out our blog ‘The Best Home Printers for Small Business and Home Use’ for a deeper dive into the world of home printers.
You might think you can work efficiently from your bed, but the truth is you need a desk.
L-shaped desks are very functional: place your computer on one side and everything else on the other.
Check out our blog ‘Home Office Sets to Make Your Home Office Complete’ for a deeper dive into home office desk sets including modern sets, executive sets and sets for a small home office.
More adventurous types might want to try a standing desk.
The Seville Classics AIRLIFT Pro features an ergonomic curve for accessibility and can be adjusted using an LED height display controller.
Standing desk extender
If you’re not ready to commit to a standing desk but feel intrigued, try a standing desk extender.
This SLYPNOS standing desk converter allows a quick transition from sitting to standing.
Making sure you have enough light avoids eye strain and can even help you to stay focused.
The Lampat LED Desk Lamp offers natural light and different modes of brightness to give you find the perfect balance. The design is pretty sleek, too.
A floor lamp helps to avoid clutter on your desk.
The Miroco LED Floor Lamp comes with different brightness levels and color temperature. Choose between natural white, cool, or warm – something for every mood.
Tuck all your important documents out of sight whilst knowing exactly where they are with a filing cabinet.
The DEVAISE 3 Drawer Mobile File Cabinet lets you lock your files away from prying eyes. It also comes in white has wheels to allow portability.
But a filing cabinet alone probably won’t fit everything you need inside.
Try installing a shelving system – you can use it for books and decorations, too. The Furinno Multipurpose Shelf holds up to 25lbs on each shelf and is possible to assemble in just five minutes.
Okay, that’s the office setup at home essentials done. But you don’t just want a good home office, you want a great one.
Make the worry of power cuts go away with a UPS, or uninterrupted power supply, to provide an alternative source of energy.
The APC Back-UPS Pro has 5 outlets, surge protection, and enough power for all your gadgets.
A surge protector may look identical to a standard extension cord, but there’s one major advantage: they protect your device from any problems with electricity flow.
Ensure you have a surge protector that can handle many large devices. This GE surge protector has a capacity of 800 joules (read: plenty), a 10-foot cord, and 6 outlets.
There’s a reason every desk you see on Pinterest has plants and other greenery. Yes, flowers look pretty, but they’re also great for our mental health.
Go to your local garden center and pick up a few plants that catch your eye, then pop them into some aesthetically pleasing pots like these ones.
You could use regular binders to store your paperwork, but I’m here to show you more creative solutions.
A wall mount document organizer lets you have all your documents at hand whilst keeping them organized.They also look very neat on your desk.
If you’re short on space, consider an over-the-door hanging folder instead. These ones are easy to install and clean.
Similarly, you might want somewhere to store other bits and pieces. Wall pockets help to make your junk look like decorations!
This one is made of cotton and linen, making it a lovely homely touch.
Check out our blog on ‘19 Awesome Office Organization Ideas – DIY It or Buy It’ for a bunch of cool, funky and stylish home office organization ideas.
Yes, we can all check the time on our electronic devices, but having a clock is a much better idea to avoid distractions.
This desk clock with wooden electronic LED time display is modern, functional, and even tells you the temperature.
See this as an opportunity to create the home office you always dreamed of. Who knows, maybe this period will inspire you to start a new online business.
What’s your home office staple? Excuse the pun! Let me know in the comments below, and if you found this article interesting we’d be endlessly thankful if you’d share it with others who might also get something out of it.