Setting Up Your Home Office
- “Where Should I Put My Home Office?”
- Using Your Living Room As A Home Office
- Add An Office To A Bedroom
- Create a Hidden Office (Or Use Tiny Spaces)
- Shared Home Offices
- Space for Hobbies and Side-Hustles
- "Is a Home Office Tax Deductible?"
- Finding Home Office Inspiration
- Reddit for Real-World Ideas
- Pinterest for DIY Ideas
- Instagram for In-Depth Setup Feeds
- Youtube Reviews for Gear Ideas
- “How Do I Make it Look Good?”
- Start With the Desk
- Which Desk Should I Get?
The unexpected nature of the pandemic and quickly adapting to new situations has left many working from their living room or dining room table. Let’s be real, seeing your workload take over your living space feels wrong. It doesn’t belong there—it’s just been dropped into it. Your work deserves a more dialed-in environment.
Look: we make products, and we believe in them. But ultimately, our goal is to get the right information out there, and help create offices that inspire. This wiki compiles best practices, advice, and products (branded and generic,) that address a spectrum of needs and have earned our seal of approval.
We also created a checklist guide, boiling down the process and most essential information for those looking to create a home office for themselves.
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That makes it perfect for gathering data and researching. You’ll have everyone from PhDs in engineering to craftsmen, boomers to teens contributing original content and input.
- r/Workspaces is a subreddit where people share their home offices. That’s it. It’s a goldmine for totally doable, DIY options with accessible furniture, wall-mounts, and desk arrangements.
- r/HomeOffice, while significantly smaller, is a highly specialized subreddit where folks share their workspaces, advice on staying productive, and a sprinkling of memes for good measure.
- r/Battlestations is the affectionate term for a gaming setup at a desk, usually decked to the nines with a top-of-the-line PC, supportive chair, mechanical keyboard, and multi-monitor setup. Some of them even have custom back-lighting panels and lush plant life. Sure, it seems excessive, but if your work area felt like Disneyland, wouldn’t you want to sit there all day?
We recommend keeping your desktop as clear as possible to promote healthful working conditions and functionality. But the wall is fair game.
Surround yourself with art and objects that inspire, comfort, and energize you. Source paintings and framed photos from local artists. Hang things you already own, like posters from shows you’ve been to, your favorite hats, and most pristine bags.
- Multiple monitors can look cluttered if they aren’t even. Keep the look clean by arranging them level, and horizontally (or even vertically) parallel by taking advantage of wall space.
- Use a laptop lift to give you ergonomic access to the keyboard while maintaining a clear view of the screen.
- Turning a monitor sideways for a slick, tall surface for coding.
- Custom keyboards are king for developers on the daily grind, and heavy coders, writers, researchers, and typists may opt for a self-constructed mechanical model. These social-media friendly electronics can be ridiculously fun and attractive in addition to being the most satisfying piece of the home-worker’s tool belt. I mean, look at this thing. The perfect mechanical keyboard is instinctively usable, with just the right tackiness, clickiness, and color scheme for the digits. The catch, however, is that DIY options can run you at least $200. For more affordable, premade options, check out the budget Magicforce 68 or the ever-faithful Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic series.
- Keep your surroundings mellow. When your eyes are trained on screens all day, you’re bound to overwork them. Fill your space with light, plants, and keep your color scheme low-key and pleasant to ease strain.
To guide you through the process, we’ve put together a checklist with the highest quality information both from this wiki and from our research. Set yourself up for success with features you enjoy that also keep you productive.