With more and more of the workforce moving away from traditional offices, it’s becoming increasingly important to consider how each of us can do our best work from home. Having the right tools to do so can have a major impact on our productivity and can either make or break our ability to stay as productive and efficient as we can be in the office.
Some of us might relish the opportunity to stay home and work, without having to worry about the hustle and bustle of traffic, or getting dressed up for a professional working environment every day. Working from home does create the possibility of completing tasks at your own pace, potentially avoiding common distractions found in the workplace.
We can work from home, and work quite well! However, homes can have distractions of their own, and often it’s hard to get into a focused working mentality with the comforts of home at arm’s length. This is why experts recommend creating a separate home office space to do our best work and get into “work mode.” Whether you have a spare room, or a dedicated corner in your bedroom, having the right furniture to do the job in your designated office space can make all the difference.
But most of us don’t have big budgets to work with—and it may not seem practical to spend thousands of dollars on high-end office equipment for your home, especially if it’s just going to take up precious space and look out of place. Then again, the cheap office equipment you’ll find at common retailers like Amazon often lack flexibility and durability, which could end up costing you more further down the road. And the cheapest options often just look ugly! Who wants tacky office furniture clashing with their home decor? Yuck.
Fortunately, there are some great options out there to suit just about any home office, without breaking the bank! In this blog, we’ll look at ways to build that perfect home office for under $1000!
The perfect desk to work from home
You can work from home, but to do your very best work, you’ll need a rock-solid foundation for your laptop, display, and any other peripherals or documents you may have. A home office desk needs to have these characteristics:
- Minimalist and muted design, better at blending in than standing out. Your home is your personal space and should reflect your personality, first and foremost!
- Customizable and adjustable to your unique seated and standing height. The desk should fit you perfectly, rather than sit at a stationary height that may not be ergonomically ideal.
- Lightweight but durable. You may change your mind or move house and need to relocate your workstation.
Best budget desk: SmartDesk 2 Home Office at $379
The SmartDesk 2 is an adjustable-height standing desk that remembers your custom settings for sitting and standing, so you can alternate your position throughout the day. The electric motor is whisper-quiet, so you won’t cause a disturbance at any time of day (and if you have roommates, they’ll thank you!)
Standing up is a great way to break up the monotony and refocus your mind on the task at hand...especially if you’ve got a pet at home nipping at your heels for attention!
You can also customize the wood finish to suit your space uniquely. And if you’ve already got a custom table top in mind, check out the even cheaper SmartDesk DIY Kit for limitless possibilities.
Best high-end desk: L-Shaped SmartDesk at $589
The L-Shaped SmartDesk is especially recommended for anyone with a corner office space. You can configure it for a left-or-right sided configuration, and it has all the height-adjustable and customization options of the SmartDesk 2 Home Office. It’s a pricier option, but the amount of extra space you get is well worth it. Check out this recent review for a hands-on look at how this desk functions in a home setup!
An ergonomic office chair for the home
So you’ve got your desk sorted. Now it’s time to find the perfect chair! You’ll need:
- Durability. This is a chair you’ll be using on a daily basis. It needs to be smooth, quiet, and flexible when you need it to be, without wearing out or looking ugly and dirty over time.
- Minimal design. The chair should also be simple and attractive-looking, complimenting your home decor rather than distracting from it.
- Ergonomic! This is super important to keep you feeling comfortable and your posture upright and correct throughout the day. Not only is this important for immediate short-term comfort, but your long-term health stands to benefit as well!
Best budget home office chair: ErgoChair 2 at $349
This chair is an extremely popular and affordable option as it features multi-dimensional adjustability and a smart design that can be customized to suit just about any home color scheme. Everything from the headrest to the seat height and angle can be adjusted, and most importantly, it’s built to last with premium materials.
Best high-end home office chair: Kinn Chair at $419
A slight upgrade in price, this office chair offers not only durability and adjustability, but the latest in back support technology. This chair is highly recommended for anyone with sensitive back problems and wants the very best comfort for long hours of work. Like the ErgoChair, this chair features a subdued design that stays out of the way and compliments your interior decor.
Everything else: Home office accessories
After you’ve got a chair and desk, the rest is up to you!
Do you need more screen real estate? A second monitor could radically transform your workflow with a separate screen space for different apps or web pages. While you’re at it, consider an adjustable arm so that you can easily move your monitor to the ideal height (it should match the gaze of your eye when you’re sitting upright and looking directly ahead).
A compact filing cabinet is a must-have for anyone who manages lots of printed documents but has limited home office space. You may also consider a sleek LED desk lamp to make sure everything is bright and easily viewable.
Almost any combination of accessories mentioned in this article will run below the $1000 mark, and equip you with everything you need to work from home. Of course, you’ll need to consider any special equipment needed for your profession, but with the right ergonomic home office chair and the perfect, sturdy home office desk, you’ll be equipped to do your best work—no matter what it is!
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