I really delayed getting the essentials for home office setup as I didn’t think it would be a permanent thing. Now I’ve got all the essential kit, I want to highlight the must-haves, in case you need the same and been putting it off.
These are the key things if space and money is limited for you too. If you live in a small space or house share and work from home, you may be keen to get the best and essential items to make your work base comfortable and functional.
Many of us have been working from home for a long while now but making do with laptops on top of a book or a cushion under our bums. But if you’ve not moved beyond that yet and sick of discomfort (or even experiencing pain) then you need to improve your workspace now.
Repeatedly working in an uncomfortable fashion can have long-term consequences. In an office, you’d likely get an assessment to ensure you were sitting correctly and had all the support you needed.
When we work from home (either for ourselves or for a company) we often just battle with things, meaning to get to it at a later date. This can make you miserable at best, or pose health risks at worse. Get your essentials for home office setup sorted today…
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1. An ergonomic home office chair
I can’t believe I was sitting at my hard kitchen chair for over a year before I decided, no more! The reasons for my delay were a bit silly. I really didn’t want an ugly chair ruining my nice kitchen and table layout.
I also thought it would look odd when I had viewings (while trying to sell my flat) but of course, people understand many of us are working from home now.
Ultimately I think I did my back some real damage sitting on a kitchen chair for so long. They are simply not meant to be sat at all day. Don’t make my mistake, get yourself a decent chair such as the Yonisee mesh ergonomic chair.
As I’m all about space saving, the arm rests go up so it can be tucked right into the table when you’ve finished work. I must admit I was a bit worried about assembling it myself but it didn’t take long (you can pay extra to have it assembled for you).
My back really benefits from sitting at a proper ergonomic chair now and it also makes me feel professional and in work mode! If you’ve not got room for another chair, consider getting a supportive cushion at least so your back is supported and in a better position.
2. Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse
I don’t know about you, but there are only so many cables I can handle, so I wasn’t sure about a separate keyboard and mouse but I found this wireless set and I love it. The battery lasts for ages and once you plug in the USB, it finds the devices quickly and you can get going.
This is another area where you are risking injury and strain so do consider a separate keyboard and mouse if you work a lot from a laptop. I felt immediate relief and it pairs well with the next item…
3. Laptop stand
As it’s not ideal to work off a laptop (because we hunch over and strain ourselves), a laptop stand is best if you also need to save space. It’s much kinder on your neck and shoulders to raise your screen/monitor.
Many people splash out for a separate monitor and just have their laptop sat there closed or open as a second screen, but that takes up more space.
When a colleague suggested a laptop stand to lift my laptop so it effectively becomes a monitor, I was happy to find a space-saving way that would also make for more comfortable typing and reading. With my separate keyboard and monitor (see above), it key for your desk setup essentials.
They are super lightweight and can be folded and packed away at the end of the day along with your laptop and other bits. This is great, if like me, you want to convert your work zone back into a living space to switch off. Read more about self-care when working from home and creating boundaries.
4. Wireless headphones
I love having my headphones to concentrate. If you live with others it can also be a good way of indicating that you don’t want to be disturbed or are concentrating.
I really like these headphones as they hook over your ear, they are Bluetooth and last for ages after a charge and if you take a lot of calls there is also a built-in microphone. I also use them for running and when I’m out and about.
5. A plant
Yes, I’m finishing off with a natural one, not a gadget because I think this is key too when we work from home and need a little green to look at. Essentials for home office setup should include nature too!
I don’t have a garden but I love plants and think we all need one on our desks (or kitchen table in my case!). I used to have a couple in the office so why not one now? This completes your home office essentials list.
If you aren’t particularly green fingered (like me) then keep it simple so you don’t have to feel bad when you over or under water it and it starts to die!
There are lots of easy to care for plant options such as a money plant, cactus, or my absolute favourite, an orchid with its beautiful flowers that return year after year.
Those are your essentials for home office setup!
I hope the above is helpful in setting up a comfortable and functional work hub when space is limited and you’re keen to pack all or most of it away at the end of the day and get your bedroom or kitchen back. This is also key if you are working from home with a baby or toddler!
I have stuck strictly to the essentials for a home office setup, rather than a long list of kit you don’t need or have space for. These are the top desk setup essentials! For more ideas check out gifts for working from home mums.
Please also see my post on staying productive when working from home which complements this one and will keep you on the straight and narrow. Now you’ve got your essentials for home office setup sorted, it’s time to work on your productivity, so you don’t just procrastinate while sitting comfortably in your new office chair.
Also, download my daily planner to get yourself organised and add to your home office productivity.
Remember if you work for yourself, you can claim tax relief on your supplies. If you work for a company or organisation and they permit or encourage you to work from home, they may pay for some of these things (not the plant!) so check before paying out first yourself. Read more on the claim back working from home costs post too.
Let me know which of these essentials for home office setup you can’t live without anymore? I know I can’t go back now. These desk setup essentials will improve your working day too.
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