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While it can save you a timely and often hectic, commute to the office or campus, the privilege of working or studying from home can have its challenges. Whether if it’s for the time being or long-term, an at-home work setup can take some time to get used to.
If you ask us, one of the most surefire solutions to settling into your workspace at home with ease is to create an environment that’s comforting and inspiring: in other words, the right decor and essential furniture. In case you’re looking to make updates to your home office or completely starting from scratch, ahead, we’ve rounded up a list of every must-have you need to create the ultimate at-home workspace that works as hard as you do.
Find a desk that best suits the room
Do you need a big or small desk? Consider the size of your office/study space and determine how much storage or workspace you’ll need before splurging on any ol’ desk.
If you plan to work with a desktop computer or multiple monitors you’ll need a desk that offers enough coverage for everything you need. The For Living Trestle Desk, for instance, features wide enough dimensions for typing and note-taking, plus a lower storage shelf lets you keep larger items close by without interfering with your work space.
If you’re working with a laptop or smaller setup, you can opt for a chic and compact console table. Not only are they the perfect size for working with a laptop, but they can be placed in any part of your workspace. The For Living Student Desk, Wood Grain, for example, is a versatile table that can fit in any space.
Add stylish storage
Storage solutions like shelving add functionality and organization to any workspace, but the right selection can transform and add the right touch of flair to any room.
We’re currently loving the CANVAS Robson Narrow 4-Shelf Bookcase with Cabinet. Featuring a textured oak finish and black metal frames for increased durability, this modern and stylish shelf effortless compliments the decor of any room in your home. Not only can it be used to house important books, but it can also be the perfect spot in your office to display photos that keep you motivated.
But in case you’re looking to store a variety of different types of items, whether it be textbooks, electronic cords or even a backpack, we suggest getting a cube organizer or a bookcase with different shelf heights that will allow you to maximize storage. For example, the Sauder Beginnings 5-Shelf Oak Bookcase will make a great addition to any room — and the different shelves allow for storing everything from books to electronics.
Stay on top of organizing your essentials
An inviting workspace is also an organized one. Knowing exactly where your work or study essentials are and where they’re supposed to be offers a clear peace of mind and helps you focus on deadlines. Small desk accessories can help with large tasks.
Consider something like the Madesmart Storage Bin for holding paperclips and pens. While a compact drawer like the Type A 3-Drawer Desk Storage Unit is perfect for placing on your desk and offers easy access to important papers and documents.
Invest in an ergonomic chair
One of the biggest problems with an at-home work space is trying to create a makeshift office chair out of something from a different part of the house. Rather than working through the neck and lower back pain for multiple hours a day, we suggest investing in a proper and comfortable desk chair.
Designed for functionality and comfort, the For Living Polyurethane Split Leather Office Chair is made with a contoured mesh back and cushioned seat to helps adjust your posture to support a straight spine and prevent pressure on your back and tailbone. It also features caster wheels and 360° swivel for easy and adjustable movement.
Find the right lighting
Never underestimate the power of lighting. The right lighting can influence the tone of your work environment, while also providing what you need to stay focused on your tasks.
A table or floor lamp can easily change a dreary space into something relaxing that fosters great work.For something a subtle, elegant touch to your room decor, we trust you’ll love the natural wood and white metal combination of the CANVAS Grace Wooden Table Lamp. But if you’re looking for something to fill the space in the room at the same time, you can get the same modern and chic touch with the CANVAS Rolfe Wooden Floor Lamp.