15 Home Office Ideas to Elevate Your Remote Work Environment
Bolster productivity, aid organization and make working remotely a little easier with these stellar home office ideas.
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Remote work is the new norm for many. As of 2020, Stanford University found that 42 percent of the U.S. labor force works from home full-time.
To be a successful remote worker, you’ll need to carve out the appropriate office space in your abode. Make the process a little easier with our 15 home office ideas designed to inspire. You can thank us later (we know we’re pretty great).
Two sensors on each earbud help filter out ambient noise. When fully charged, the headphones will run for six hours. Plus, if you only have time for a quick, 10-minute charge, you’ll get another 90 minutes of run time. We also like the Bluetooth chip technology, which provides a better listening experience, and the integration with Google Assistant.
Elevating your computer monitor helps you avoid looking down at your screen by keeping your spine aligned in a neutral position. If you work from home, you probably spend most of your workday looking at a screen. This adjustable monitor riser helps prevent strain and can hold two monitors, plus a phone and tablet.
Computer Camera Cover
We’ve all left our camera on when we wish we hadn’t. Sure, a Post-It note can do the trick as a camera cover, but a product designed for that purpose is a little sleeker. This ultra-thin sliding camera cover works well for laptops, desk-top computers and smartphones. Plus, with six to a pack, you can easily outfit all of your devices.
If you find yourself in frequent Zoom meetings, a ring light is a must. This mini ring light clips onto your monitor so you can avoid weird environmental lighting and attend meetings with an even, well-lit complexion. The ring light is USB powered and has three color temperatures and five brightness levels. Because it’s mini, it’s also super portable, which means you can take it with you on work trips.
If you lack a separate space for your office, get a basket to corral your laptop, chargers, notebooks and headphones. This way, you’ll be able to pack up and stash away your work items at the end of the day, which means your dining room table can return to its original function. The handle on this basket allows for effortless carrying and storage—it even features wire construction for added durability.
Insulated Coffee Mug
Keep your coffee warm through multiple video calls (and whatever else commands your attention) with an insulated mug in your favorite color. The Hydro Flask Coffee Mug features double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your beverage warm for hours. And the pro-grade stainless steel interior ensures a pure taste, with no flavor transfer from previous drinks.
Keep your skin, nasal passageways and throat moisturized by adding a humidifier to your office. The Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier covers up to 175 square feet, and the slender design doesn’t take up much space. On low, the humidifier will run for up to 10 hours, so you won’t need to refill it during the workday.
A comfortable desk chair is a work-from-home necessity. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises that working in a neutral position while seated diminishes stress and strain on the body and reduces the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.
This executive chair from Wayfair is ergonomic, has padded arms, extra seat cushioning and a foldaway footrest. The high-back chair features a leather appearance, so it looks great in addition to being practical. It’s also wear-resistant and easy to clean.
Relieve tension and help yourself relax after a long day of working remotely with a massage right at home. The Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager features four nodes that work together to massage away knots, tension and aches. A heat setting dials up the effectiveness of the massage, and an adjustable strap makes it easy to position the unit at the correct angle.
Ubiquitous video calls take up a lot of bandwidth. Plus, when multiple people are at home, bandwidth becomes a hot commodity. Improve your internet connection with a Wi-Fi booster like the Eero Pro 6. This router offers speeds up to a gigabit, coverage up to 2,000 square feet and connection to 75 devices. Reviewers praise the elimination of dead spots and easy setup.
Want to protect your desk from coffee spills and pen scratches? This durable, waterproof desk mat rolls flat onto your desk to provide a non-slip protective surface for your computer, phone, mouse and other work accessories. It also comes in various colors and has a stylish leather look and feel.
A good desk lamp supplements general room lighting and reduces eye strain. The Tenergy Dimmable LED Desk Lamp offers an adjustable arm, five dimming levels and four lighting temperatures for highly customizable illumination. The slim design means it won’t take up precious desk space.
A white-noise machine provides some semblance of office privacy, especially if you share a workspace with another person. The Dohm Classic sound machine has two volume options, easy adjustability, and multiple tone and sound variations for background noise. This sound machine is simple yet high quality. It’s also great for blocking out noise for a good night’s rest.
Workspace plants not only brighten a room, but they can also serve a function. Bring air-purifying plant varieties into your workspace to help remove toxins, which may allow you to breathe better. Many air-purifying houseplants, like the spider plant, are also easy to care for. Be sure to choose a plant suited to the lighting conditions in your office space.
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