Whether you’ve been working remotely for a few weeks or years, you’ve probably noticed there are some major differences between working from home and commuting to the office every day.
A home office means extra privacy and less time and money spent getting to work, but it can also confuse your boundaries, blurring the line between where your personal space ends and your professional space begins. Working at home can also create all kinds of distractions, but with the right upgrades to your WFH setup, you can boost both your mental focus and your happiness. If all starts with having and actual desk, but if you’re not sure where to go from there, just keep scrolling for our top suggestions.
A great lamp doesn’t just light your space—it sets the mood for your whole workday. We love this Forså Lamp from IKEA because it’s stylish and practical, as well as inexpensive, with a stainless steel finish that’ll match pretty much any decor and a swiveling arm and shade that provides just the right amount of LED light wherever you need it.
Using a mouse for eight hours every day can do a number on your wrist—especially if that mouse isn’t just the right size and shape for you. That’s why an orthopedic mouse pad, like this one from Everlasting Comfort, is essential. It is so comfortable to us, made with breathable fabric and memory foam to be like a pillow for your wrist whole ensuring you hold your mouse properly to avoid strain and pain.
And if you find angling your wrists up to use your keyboard uncomfortable, you should also be using a cozy palm rest. We’ll admit that we were first drawn to this one from Logitech G’s Aurora Collection because it’s shaped like a cloud and way too cute, but after using it, we’re never going back to typing the old way.
Happy Planner makes some of our all-time favorite planners, and their 2023 Work + Life Metropolitan Happy Planner is designed with both productivity and joyfulness in mind. The design is sleek and minimalist, allowing you to get all of your do-tos and notes in one handy and organized place. Plus, it’s compatible with all of Happy Planner’s supplemental materials, so you can customize to your heart’s content.
While there’s nothing technically wrong with using the bizarre collection of pens you may have collected over the years, we think there’s nothing better than writing with a pen you actually love. Designworks Ink Slim Metal Twisty Pens are cute and colorful, writing with super smooth blank ink, and this Confidence Set features messages like “Genius,” “Ink About It,” “High Roller” and “Side Note” to motivate you while you write.
We’ve been utilizing Multitasky’s handy phone stands for years now, and we honestly don’t know what we’d do without them. These stands come in classic black, white and pink, with a handy compartment in the base to hold earphones, charging cables and more. We love being able to have quick and constant hands-free access to our phones while we work, but it’s also a super handy tool to get steady video for content creation (if that’s your thing).
Courant’s Catch:3 Classics may be a bit pricey, but with this stylish wireless charger and accessory tray, you get what you pay for. Whether you choose the leather or linen designs, they’re undeniably elegant, looking like a purposeful piece of decor on your desk while charging your phone, wire-free, and keeping your other goodies in one convenient place.
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It’s also important to stay energized during your work day, and while you probably already have a favorite mug, we think you should accompany your morning coffee with a mix of Make Time’s For Brain Health Powder in their ‘On the Go’ Glass Tumbler. The powder creates a yummy and sippable orange-flavored drink that packs MCTs, omegas, acetyl-L-carnitine and curcumin for focus, energy and mood all day long. Plus, the stylish tumbler makes the experience even better.
A great-smelling space is also a happy space, and while we love burning a candle as much as the next person, we get way more for our buck with this House Ranger USB Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser from Sabâvi. It’s travel-sized, so it won’t take up tons of room on your desk, holding up to 60 mL of water and scenting your room with your favorite essential oils for three to six hours on one USB charge.
And finally, if you’re anything like us, working from home means sitting—a lot. Even if you have a super comfy office chair, being planted in a seat isn’t always comfortable for long stretches of time, which is why we suggest getting a seat cushion, like this one from Purple. The company is best known for mattresses, so you know you’re getting plush comfort and support. Believe us—your behind will thank you.
If you’re finding it tricky to get into the work-from-home rhythm, click HERE for some tips to make WFH work for you.