As many of us continue working from home, and with many experts predicting a future with more permanent remote employees, it’s never been a better time to set yourself up with a great home office environment. From basics like a great desk and chair to mood lighting and audio equipment, we’ll recommend some of the best investments you can make in order to create an ideal home office that’s more comfortable, efficient and enjoyable to use every day.
A Quality Computer and at Least One Large Monitor
For the purposes of creating the ultimate work-from-home setup, we’re going to assume that either you already own an adequate computer or your employer has provided one to you. You’re also guaranteed to be satisfied if you invest in a large monitor—at least 23”, though 27” and bigger will change your life.
If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you need to invest in a new computer, there are a few specs you’ll want to look out for:
- Processor: Intel i3 or better or AMD Ryzen 3 or better
- RAM (Memory): 8GB or more (16GB or more if you do a lot of multi-tasking)
- Storage: 500GB minimum (ideally 1TB or more), SSD preferred for the best speeds.
- Battery life (if you like to be as mobile as possible during the day)
Now that we’ve addressed the bare necessity (a computer) that you’ll need to work from home, you’re ready to create your ultimate work-from-home setup.
1. Choose a Dedicated Work-From-Home Space
In order to be most productive while working from home, you’ll need to create a space that’s used only for work. When you’re in this particular space, you’ll know that it’s time to focus and get things done. On a related note, try to make a point not to use this space for recreational computer usage. The goal here is to separate your professional workspace from the rest of your personal life.
Try to find a space that’s quiet, with few distractions (either from the outside world or inside). If possible, avoid dark spaces like basements—they generally lack natural light and aren’t the most inspiring places to do your best work.
If you’re able, pick a quiet corner (or room) in your home that has plenty of natural light and make it your work-from-home hub—just be sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi signal or an ethernet port nearby.
Blue Yeti USB microphones deliver crystal-clear sound for online meetings and conference calls.
2. Upgrade Your Audio
If you’re in and out of business calls and Zoom meetings every day, you already know how distracting it can be when it’s difficult to hear and interact with your fellow attendees. These audio equipment upgrades are sure to help you hear and be heard while in remote collaborative sessions.
Upgrade your Zoom and Skype calls with the world’s #1 USB microphone, the Yeti. The other participants in your meetings will thank you for it. Yeti features the convenience of plug-and-play on Windows and MacOS so you can capture broadcast-quality audio for everything from videoconferences to webinars and more.
3. Upgrade Your Webcam
Many laptops come with inferior built-in webcams that produce a grainy, unflattering image. Logitech is the industry standard when it comes to high-quality webcams.
The Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam offers full HD 1080p video calling and stereo audio—the perfect combination to take your video calls to the next level. Additional features include automatic HD light correction, a real glass lens and adjustable positioning so you can capture yourself from your best angle.
For streamers and presenters, the Logitech Streamcam offers even more advanced technology that helps you produce professional-looking productions. StreamCam captures smooth motion in full HD 1080p at 60 frames per second, incorporates smart auto-focus and exposure, and even uses AI to automatically keep you front and center in the frame. If you’re regularly broadcasting to an audience, this is the ultimate webcam for you.
4. Keyboard and Mouse
A great keyboard and mouse combo can do wonders in reducing physical strain, particularly on your wrists. Studies have shown that using ergonomic computer accessories significantly lower the risk of developing ailments like Carpal Tunnel syndrome and even boost productivity.
The MX900 wireless keyboard and mouse combo offer an elegant experience, complete with ideal ergonomics, a backlit keyboard and the critically acclaimed MX Mouse which features a Darkfield Laser sensor that even works on glass.
If you’re looking for all-day comfort, the MK710 Wireless Desktop keyboard and mouse combo is a great choice. With an impressive three-year battery life, the MK710 combo is the perfect solution when you just want something that’s easy-to-use, hassle-free and comfortable. As a nice bonus, an integrated visual dashboard gives you at-a-glance icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock and num lock.
5. A Great Chair is Essential
If you spend long stretches of the day seated at your desk, an ergonomic chair will not only help you maintain proper posture, but studies show that you’ll stay more focused. You’ll want to look for a comfortable chair that features adjustable height, padded arm rests and above all else, great lumbar support—your back will thank you.
At $1,069 when purchased new, the Aeron is the reigning champion of all desk chairs. Despite its hefty price tag, it’s one of the most popular office chairs for good reason. The Aeron features breathable seating material, comes in multiple sizes, and sports adjustable lumbar support for encouraging an ideal sitting posture. If you’re scared off by the price, you can usually find them refurbished and heavily discounted.
With a mesh back, armrests, lumbar support, and adjustable height, BestOffice offers a great value at just $54.99.
If you’re looking for something more robust than the BestOffice chair but don’t want to shell out hundreds for a Herman Miller, the M80C from SIHOO might be the one for you. It features an adjustable headrest, lumbar support, adjustable armrests, padded seat and multiple reclining positions—coming in at $199.99.
6. Plenty of Flexible Desk Space
You probably already have a desk or table on which you plan to do most of your work. If your budget allows, sit-stand adjustable desks are a wonderful option. They come in various sizes and usually are available with your choice of a motorized or manual lifting mechanism. If, on the other hand, you already love the desk you’re using, desktop risers are a great way to convert your conventional desk into a height-adjustable surface.
The 48x30 Electric Standing Desk by Vari provides plenty of desktop space and is easy to assemble in minutes with the included tools. It’s available in five finishes and features four programmable memory height settings—all for $550.
At just $99.99, the M7B Standing Desk Converter is a great way to add a height-adjustable workspace to your existing desk. It features a removable keyboard tray, sturdy base, single handle height adjustment lever and provides about 28” by 15” of useable desk space.
Mood lighting is an essential part of any home office setup.
7. Lighting is Key
Whether or not your home office is awash in natural light, a great lamp can help enhance your work environment. An adjustable lamp gives you the flexibility to set the scene for whatever mood you desire, and the TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp fits the bill perfectly.
Not only is the TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp stylish, but it’s incredibly versatile too. The lamp features the ability to charge devices with its integrated USB port, and boasts five different adjustable color modes along with five brightness levels for each. The use of modern LED technology keeps the lamp sleek and is sure to provide long-lasting lighting for years to come. The TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is available for $45.99.
If you want to really impress your co-workers on your next Zoom call, the Lume Cube Video Conferencing Kit will have your fellow attendees envious of your work-from-home setup. The kit includes an adjustable LED light that mounts to your screen and is sure to drastically improve the video you stream during your sessions—no more dimly lit faces or washed out backgrounds!
8. Make Your Space Beautiful
Last but not least, consider sprucing up your home office environment. Low maintenance succulent plants can do wonders, and additional decorations like framed photos and other wall hangings can really help make the space feel personalized and comfortable. You’re going to be spending a lot of time there for the foreseeable future, so it’s definitely worth the extra time you’ll spend to make it your own.
The Ultimate Work-From-Home Setup Recap
Your home is going to be your “office” for the foreseeable future, so why not take a few steps to customize things just the way you like them. As a quick recap, follow these recommendations and you’ll be well on your way to a more ideal work-home-home setup:
- Pick a spot in your home that will be used only for work
- Consider upgrading your audio so you can hear and be heard during virtual meetings
- Upgrade to a broadcast-quality webcam for an improved picture
- Go wireless with an upgraded keyboard and mouse combo that offers excellent ergonomics
- Invest in a comfortable chair that has enhanced lumbar support and breathability
- Consider a sit-stand desk, or an adjustable riser that works with your existing furniture
- Lighting is always a great investment, both for functionality and setting the mood
- Personalize your space with plants, photos, collectibles—whatever speaks to you!
Finally, sit back and enjoy the work sanctuary you’ve created for yourself. It will serve you well for years to come. For more tips on how to enhance your home office, including the best USB mics and webcams for working from home, check out our blog.