10 Things Every Home Office Should Have

If like me, you work from home, you may find yourself wanting to transform a spare room in your house into a home office. And I think that’s a great idea! I mean, at some point during the day you’ll want to switch off and take a little time for yourself. And that’s really hard to do if you’re surrounded by work stuff. Having a dedicated space that you can close the door on at the end of the day is a much better option.

But, let’s face it, creating a home office can come at a bit of a cost. So today I thought I’d talk a bit about the essential items I think every home office needs. The essentials, so to speak. I hope you guys enjoy having a read and that it gives you some ideas of what to include in your own home office. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s jump right in!

Stylish Desk

01. Stylish Desk

OK, first thing’s first! I genuinely believe that every home office should have a stylish desk. Most things are done on a computer these days, and a great desk is perfect for sitting your laptop or computer on. They also tend to have lots of drawers in, which are perfect for keeping all your important documents or stationery items in. As someone who spent years working from the sofa, I’ve found that being at a desk actually helps my productivity, and all of my work-related stuff stays together in one place now, rather than being scattered around the house. I can’t recommend having a desk area highly enough!

Comfortable Chair

02. Comfortable Chair

So, you’ve got your desk. Now you need a chair so you can sit at it. My top tip here would be to get a super comfy chair, as you’re likely to be sitting in it for hours. I have Scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine, so I always opt for chairs that have high backs. This means I can sit back in the chair when I’m feeling a little achy and have a little rest, rather than being hunched over my desk all day. These days computer chairs are a lot more stylish than they used to be, and you can pick them up fairly cheaply too. I mean, just how cute are the ones in the image above? I love them!

Laptop or Computer

03. Laptop or Computer

As I mentioned before, most things are done on a computer these days, which means you’ll most definitely need one in your home office. At the moment, I use an Asus laptop, which does a great job. But I’d like to upgrade to an Apple iMac one day. I hear they’re great for people who blog and make YouTube videos, so I think it would be perfect for me. If you guys have one, let me know what they’re like!

Printer

04. Printer

One thing I’ve found I use a lot since starting to work from home is my printer. I always seem to be printing things off! I have the Epson Expression Home XP-245, which is a Wi-Fi printer, scanner and copier, and I just love it. It’s perfect for printing off important documents. Or, if a client needs me to sign something for them they can send it over and then I just print it off, sign it, scan it, and e-mail it back to them. All in just a few short minutes. It’s a truly brilliant product and I couldn’t imagine being without it.

USB Cup Warmer

05. USB Cup Warmer

I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I’m working I find that I’ll often make myself a cup of tea and then totally forget about it! Well, there’s a solution for this nowadays – and it comes in the shape of a chocolate biscuit. Yes, you can now buy a USB Cup Warmer to keep those hot drinks nice and warm while you’re working. They just plug into the USB port on your computer and you switch it on and place your mug on it and it slows down the cooling process, meaning your drink stays warmer for longer. Pretty cool, huh?!

Artwork

06. Artwork

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in one place during the day then you definitely need it to look nice. Which is why I recommend hanging some artwork in your home office. I’m a big fan of a company called Desenio, who sell super cute posters that you can frame and hang on your wall. They do all sorts of different designs, and they’re not that expensive either, which makes them perfect for brightening up the walls!

Office Stationery

07. Plenty of Stationery 

Next up is the one thing I know a lot of us go crazy for. And that’s stationery! I love anything cute and colourful, and there’s probably enough pens, pencils, paperclips and notebooks in my stationery drawer (OK, drawers) to last me more than one lifetime. If you’re ever on the lookout for cheap stationery, I highly recommend giving officestationery.co.uk a try. They have some great products at affordable prices. I just love them.

Tassimo Machine

08. Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

This next one might not be all that important to everyone, but it’s most definitely an essential for me. And that’s having tea and coffee making facilities in my home office. It means I can make a hot drink while I’m working without having to leave the room and finding something else that needs doing besides work. Believe me, this has happened to me so many times in the past! I now have a little tray in the corner of my office with my Tassimo machine on. I also have a selection of drinks and plenty of clean cups there so I don’t have to keep trekking to the kitchen. It’s a little lifesaver.

Sound System

09. Sound System

I don’t know about you guys, but I love listening to music while I work. So I always have some sort of sound system hooked up in my home office so I can listen to music whenever I want. At the moment I just connect my phone to a Bluetooth speaker so I can listen to one of my many playlists on Spotify. But any sound system would work well. A bit of background noise can really help with productivity.

Lighting

10. Good Lighting

And last but not least, I highly recommend having good lighting in your home office. There’s nothing worse than having to squint at your computer screen or paperwork because there’s not enough light in the room. Although I know that energy saving light bulbs would save me a lot of money over the course of a year, I tend to go for daylight bulbs instead. I find these give out a lot of good light (imagine bringing the outdoors in). And they’re perfect for me because I take a lot of product photographs and stuff which would come out terribly with artificial light. I know they’re not for everyone though, and I’d always suggest going for whichever bulb type you prefer.

10 Things Every Home Office Should Have

And there you have it, my list of 10 things I think every home office should have. I hope you enjoyed having a read, and that it gave you some ideas of things you could buy for your own home office.

Do you guys agree with my list, or would you have picked other essentials?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.
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29 Comments

  1. 30/03/2018 / 8:42 pm

    These are all great ideas to have in an office. I need to upgrade my desk chair, those ones are so stylish but look comfy too! Mine always hurts my back after sitting in it for a while.
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  2. 30/03/2018 / 11:03 pm

    great ideas! I need to upgrade my office so bad!

  3. 30/03/2018 / 11:59 pm

    Those colorful chair are SO much cuter than boring office chairs! I’m starting to plan my home office and I hadn’t thought about chairs yet!

  4. 31/03/2018 / 12:17 am

    Oh now this sounds like the perfect things for every home office. Hands up one day I would love to have my own home office for now though I just work on the sofa.
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  5. 31/03/2018 / 2:22 am

    I’m obsessed with the first picture, so clean! This sounds like the perfect list for a home office.
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  6. Dawn Nieves
    31/03/2018 / 3:30 am

    I love that office chair. I’m re-doing my office right now but that chair is calling my name!

  7. 31/03/2018 / 4:48 pm

    Laptop is a must with me. Cup warmer sounds great though I don’t like to have a drink while working. Nice posts!

  8. 01/04/2018 / 2:15 am

    Oh my gosh! Those chairs are amazing! Definitely all necessary but that turquoise chair is calling my name!

  9. Rosey
    01/04/2018 / 5:49 am

    A cup warmer is a good idea. I can’t count the times I’ve gotten busy with my work and let my coffee get cold.

  10. Andrea
    01/04/2018 / 4:12 pm

    I really wanna make a small home office once I move in a couple months. I work right now from either my living room or my bedroom, I think it would be great to have a designated space to work. I honestly feel like music is great, it really does make the day more chilled and fun.

  11. 01/04/2018 / 11:20 pm

    Such great ideas. I love this post. I am making small steps to creating a great space.

  12. 02/04/2018 / 2:53 am

    Oh I love those rolly chairs! They actually look comfy unlike other budget ones.

  13. 02/04/2018 / 3:00 am

    This is so true. I currently have a home office but it is definitely not as fancy as this one

  14. 02/04/2018 / 12:05 pm

    I love this and we have a wee office corner in our dining room but to have a whole room? THAT is the goal! I also need a USB cup warmer in my life!

  15. 02/04/2018 / 1:00 pm

    When I have my own house I’d love an office, they’re just so fancy and such a great place to unwind and do work. I love your tips.

  16. 02/04/2018 / 10:06 pm

    I love those chairs, and that mug warmer – my tea ALWAYS goes cold!! I can’t wait to properly get my home office up and running!

  17. 03/04/2018 / 2:56 pm

    One thing I miss about life before moving out is the space to have my own office area – working from bed is fun until you end up spending all day in bed and feeling very unproductive regardless of the results. One of the best things I did was upgrade to an Apple computer, 100% recommend.
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  18. 03/04/2018 / 8:43 pm

    Those art prints are stunning. My office is now a dining room, so I have downgraded my desk to a smaller one and is now in the living. I love my Mac and I would recommend one!

  19. 04/04/2018 / 2:18 pm

    I do a bit of blogging myself, but don’t have a home office as it’s just for leisure. But the more I look at this blog post. The more I want a home office! It’s awesome! I love the white. Though it wouldnt stay white long for me! I’m so messy ha!

    I intend to do a bit more blogging during my maternity leave, so perhaps I can convince my partner to let me have some “me space” (Highly unlikely) but it’s worth a go!

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hannah
    04/04/2018 / 10:39 pm

    A good sound system is a must in any office. Music is very important when working

  21. 07/04/2018 / 1:42 am

    I especially like the desk and chair. They are both stylish and functional.
    One thing I added to my home office was a low maintenance plant (like a snake plant). Adds a touch of green and is fairly hearty.

  22. 19/04/2018 / 1:46 pm

    Desk and chairs are looking so nice. And your post is so lovely. All pitcures are very beautifull.

  23. 20/05/2018 / 3:03 pm

    The chairs pictured above looks really comfortable and classy. I’d love to have one of those in addition to my ergonomic chair. It’s a great list you have here and can always be used as a reference. Thank you for sharing.

  24. 01/06/2018 / 1:58 pm

    I had a USB mug warmer years ago, and it really worked great. Never wasted any coffee! Comfy, stylish and practical furniture is also essential.
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