As the world becomes increasingly connected, more and more people are opting to work from home. It makes sense: The housing market in larger cities is becoming more dire by the day, and the average commute is now hovering around 30 minutes or more per way (and even longer if you live in a larger city).
But while ditching the 9-to-5 lifestyle and setting up shop in the comfort of your own home might sound appealing, you’re definitely going to want to maintain a professional work area. Sure, staying in touch with your coworkers is simple, but maintaining your workload and sticking to your regular deadlines might take a little getting used to.
If you’re looking to make the transition from office to home, here are five essential products to make your home office setup more inviting.
1. Invest in a Comfortable Ergonomic Chair
You’re going to be sitting for most of the day, and your butt deserves a chair that’s worth sitting in for hours at a time. With the right office chair, you will be more comfortable and productive than just typing away at the kitchen table (or worse, working on the couch) while your lower back bears the brunt of your support. This Sihoo office chair comes in four fab colors and offers just the right mix of comfort and support without making you want to pop those pants off and turn on Netflix. Its adjustable lumbar pillow helps provide superior neck support, and the mesh backrest is sure to help you feel at ease without forcing your shoulders to sink in. It’s also fully adjustable and looks great in any space.
2. Add a Printer-Scanner Combo to the Mix
Sure, your local print shop offers printing services for a relatively small fee, but who wants to drive to their nearest printer at midnight when they can just scan their reports at home instead? This Canon laser printer is a great low-budget model and features a sleek LCD touch screen for easy navigation — even in the dark. It can print up to 30 pages per minute and supports most mobile solutions. Best of all, it’s small enough to keep under your desk. Even if you only need to print or scan a few documents a month, the time (and effort) saved in printing from home is well worth the investment.
3. Increase Your Productivity With a Second Monitor
Did you know that the average American now spends most of their time staring at glowing rectangles? Now just imagine spending most of that time looking at your teeny tiny laptop screen. If you’re planning on making the transition from your office workspace to your home office setup and you still haven’t invested in an actual monitor, then your eyes are going to be in a world of hurt. Because switching between multiple tabs on a single screen is enough to send most home office workers into a tizzy, consider adding a monitor like this 24-inch ViewSonic to the mix. It offers an impressive HD (1920x1080p) resolution and works with both Mac and PC models. All you need to do is find a compatible HDMI cord and you’re good to go.
4. Add the Right Type of Light to Your Workspace
Now that you’re transitioning to the world of working from home, you’re probably going to start keeping some pretty random hours. If you often find yourself working outside the normal 9-to-5 office hours, you’re going to want to work in a space that’s not too dark but at the same time isn’t overly bright. This low-key desk lamp comes with three touch-sensitive brightness levels and can clip onto almost any surface, which means you can shine a light while working on the porch, in the kitchen, or even in bed. And, of course, it’s perfect for your new home office setup. This portable lamp also comes with a USB charger, so you won’t have to worry about replacing the light every three weeks.
5. Cut Down on Coffee Breaks By Brewing Your Beans at Home
A recent study by Amerisleep found that Millennials, on average, spend more than $2,000 a year on coffee. While taking a break to grab that afternoon latte might be a perfectly good reason to leave the house every day, those little expenses quickly add up. When your morning pour over leaves you thirsty for more, a reliable (and surprisingly economical) espresso maker like the Nespresso De’Longhi offers the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. The one-touch design lets you brew a flavorful cup in a matter of minutes, which is sure to help your daily productivity. In fact, you’ll not only feel more energized, you’ll also find more reasons to stay at home—and thus stay closer to the work at hand.