This year has seen many of us staying at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result of that, our working patterns have completely changed. We no longer have to travel to our offices, and our daily commutes have pretty much shortened significantly – a half hour drive to the office in town has now become a 30 second (or less!) slow walk to the computer on your work desk in your home office.
But wait – what is a home office? Shouldn’t offices be filled with all sorts of furniture and equipment in order for it to qualify as a real office? Well, truth be told, a home office can be just like any other office in any company in the world – turns out, it simply can be a place where you can comfortably do your best work day after day. Technology like Zoom, Skype and team management software has definitely changed the face of our workplace, turning it into a digital workplace that is just as – if not more – efficient as the traditional working-in-the-office system.
Considerations when setting up your home office
The key word we’re looking for here is comfort, comfort, comfort. Home offices should first and foremost be a place where you are able to go through all of the day’s agendas, team meetings and extended teamviewer sessions without feeling like you need a back replacement at the end of the day.
Your home office should also be an inspiring space that keeps your mind creative in order to tackle any problems you might face when on a difficult timeline or work project.
Lastly, all of the equipment that you need to get your work done should be accessible – meaning you don’t have to walk over to the next room or to the corner of the room to get a file or two that you have in the drawer – things like a simple file cabinet or a file tray on your computer desk are such examples of accessibility in your home office setup.
10 best home office furniture
With that said, here are the 10 best pieces of home office furniture you should definitely consider. As we move towards a culture of remote working (it’s about time!) – this is surely going to be one of the better long-term investments you’ll make for the long run.
- Office chairs
If you’re looking for an office chair that is well comfortable, helps you get your work done and doesn’t cost the earth to purchase, the AmazonBasics Office chair would be one to definitely look out for. It is executive sized chair that comes upholstered in a choice of different shades of leather for that professional look that switches your focus into work mode whenever you sit down.
It offers pneumatic seat-height adjustment, 360 degree swivelling and smooth rolling casters for unparalleled accessibility.
- Office desk
The Walker Edison Modern Corner Office desk is one of the more modern looking office desk setups we’ve seen so far, and we’re not complaining! The sleek looks of this L-shaped desk gives you all the space that you need to fit all of your home office equipment around you in order to provide you with the most efficient workflow for your day.
- Filing cabinets
Even though we are moving into digital formats for almost everything, there are still some documents that need to be on paper – and you’ll need somewhere to store those physical documents. Enter the Pierre Henry Drawer Filing Cabinet, which is a quality gloss painted finished, metal filing cabinet that comes in a range of different colors to suit all tastes.
- Trash cans
The humble trash can is an important piece of furniture in your home office, as you’ll need somewhere accessible to throw away any rubbish or scrap paper that you’ll use in your workday. Plus, you can also play crumpled wastepaper basketball with a trash can on the other side of the room!
Having good lighting is essential in a comfortable home office space. The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is an affordable desk lamp that is gentle on the eyes – a flicker free energy saving LED light serves to brighten up your desk space without risk of harming your eyes. There is also an included USB charging port to keep your phone or devices fully charged and in easy reach – a super nifty feature for most home office workers who use their devices all day!
- Extra displays
Sometimes, you just need an extra monitor in order to see what’s really going on when you’re working on a complex project that requires lots of multitasking. This is when an additional monitor comes in handy, and the BONTEC Dual Monitor Mount makes it easy for you to add an additional monitor to your home office setup.
- Storage shelves
Storage shelves allow you to have all of your other office equipment in easy reach without having to leave the room during an important zoom meeting. The Furrino 3-Tier Shelf Bookcase helps you keep your important things in easy reach for a more comfortable work from home experience.
- Pantry equipment
What’s an office without a well-equipped pantry? Even at the home office, you’ll need a little pick-me-up during a stressful workday – this is where the Cuisinart CHW12P1 can be a lifesaver. It can make up to 12 cups of coffee, and has a hot water system as well, if you’re more of a tea person. It’s easy to use layout means that you’ll have a hot brew in no time by just pressing a couple of buttons.
- Floor protectors
Office chairs with caster wheels can damage hardwood floors, and laminate wooden tops are especially susceptible to scratches from such chairs. The AiBOB office Chair mat ensures that your floors are free of scratches and dust no matter how much your office chair is used.
- Cable management
Messy cables are annoying, and can be a big visual distraction during your workday. The Cable Raceway kit helps you to manage all of the cables that your devices use and conceals them away from sight so you’ll only have the parts of the cable that you need – which are the connectors.