There are many small business owners that fully operate from their homes. Add to that the recent growth of remote workers because of the pandemic and the number has increased exponentially. And this highlights the need to get the right home office accessories so you can be just as efficient as working from the office.
The right office accessories for you will probably differ greatly from what another person needs. However, there are some key items the vast majority of people will need to work remotely in today’s digital ecosystem.
The items on the list are in addition to core items such as computers, printers, office supplies, filing cabinets, etc. If you have these accessories for home offices, you can manage your workflow and communicate in a comfortable environment. And as you continue to work more from your home office, you can add or remove items based on your experience to be even more effective.
Here are the best accessories for a home office you will need to build a solid foundation for your remote working capabilities.
Must-Have Home Office and Desk Accessories of 2022
If you’re setting up a home office, you probably already know how important the right desk accessories can be. You’ll want your home office to be functional and efficient, and there are some great desk accessory ideas below to help you get started. Check out our picks for the must-have desk accessories of 2022:
- Top Pick: ApexDesk Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
- Runner Up: Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
- Best Value: ViewSonic 38″ WQHD+ UltraWide Curved Monitor
ApexDesk Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
Top Pick: While traditional desks will do the job, a standing desk with adjustable height gives you more options. The ApexDesk can go from 29″ to 49″ with a button push so you can either sit or stand.
At 71″ wide it has one of the largest surfaces in the market, which allows you to place up to three monitors on top of it. The standout features of the ApexDesk include dual motors, 225 pounds of load capacity, four programable preset buttons, and a cable tray on a heavy-duty steel frame.
The unit comes in at 71 x 33 x 50 inches and weighs 160 pounds.
Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
Runner Up: Standing up for a portion of your day while you work is healthy, but you also have to sit down. When you do, the Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair is a solid product, and you don’t have to take out a loan to get it.
The Gabrylly chair provides 4 supporting points (head/ back/ hips/ hands) and proper lumbar support. The armrest can fold up so you can go under the table more easily using the polyurethane mute wheels on the sturdy five-pointed base.
The dimensions, including the arms, are: 25.6?W x 22?D x 45.3?-54.9?H and the seat dimensions are: 20?W x 19.3?D x 18.5?-22.05?H. The load capacity is 280 pounds, and a recline function can tilt the backrest back (90 – 120°) or sit straight.
ViewSonic 38″ WQHD+ UltraWide Curved Monitor
Best Value: If you are going to be on your computer for hours on end every day, having a large computer screen will make you much more efficient. Not to mention it will ease the strain on your eyes.
The 38″ ViewSonic WQHD+ UltraWide curved monitor is not too big, and the form factor is ideal for viewing the entirety of the screen. At (3840x1600p) and 60Hz refresh rate, the SuperClear IPS monitor delivers 100% sRGB, HDR10, and 14-bit 3D LUT color calibration for video and graphics.
A single cable will let you plug in peripherals like USB drives and mice with the USB hub using the 3.1 Type C port when it comes to connectivity. Additional ports include HDMI 2. 0 with HDCP 2. 2 and DisplayPort inputs.
iCasso Keyboard Mouse Pad Set
A desk pad, a keyboard wrist rest, and a mouse wrist rest all come together in this set by iCasso. Each piece is made from memory foam, a smooth waterproof surface, and a non-slip rubber base.
Many people who spend long hours typing experience some kind of wrist pain. Using practical items like a wrist rest can help prevent pain and injury. And a desk pad makes mousing easier with more surface area. You can use the whole thing, or put other desk accessories on top of it, depending on your desk setup.
SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer
Desk organizers are a great tool for keeping everything you need within arm’s reach at your desk. This mesh desk organizer from SimpleHouseware has 2 side load letter trays and one tray with a 3 compartment drawer. On top is an organizer with 5 slots for letters or file folders.
The SimpleHouseware desk organizer is 14.8″l x 12.85″w x 9″d and is made from alloy steel. It is available in black and silver.
Amazon Basics Eye-caring LED Desk Lamp
This slim, modern LED desk lamp has 3 color modes: natural, white, and yellow light. Amazon Basics’ dimmable lamp is small enough to be portable and not take up too much space. It also has a 40-minute timer and sensor touch-on/off switch.
HUEILM Ergonomic Mouse Pad with Wrist Support
This mouse pad is made from memory foam, and the tilt angle keeps your arm, hand, and wrist in proper alignment. Non-slip silicone keeps it firmly in place on your desk.
This mouse pad is larger than most, allowing more surface area for use.
39-Piece Office Supplies Set
Get all your necessary desk accessories in one place with this 39-piece set. This set includes post-it notes, whiteout, paper clips, binder clips, staplers, a pencil holder, and more.
BoYata Adjustable Monitor Stand
Getting an adjustable stand for your monitor can reduce neck and eye strain. This model by BoYata is made of durable metal and can hold up to 33 lbs.
This stand can hold just about any PC, laptop, monitor, or screen. It has a sleek design to avoid taking up much desk surface.
DMoose Cable Management Box
At 15.7″ (L) x 6.1″ (W) 5.3″ (H), this cable management box by DMoose is large enough to manage and organize all your cords, cables, and surge protectors. Cable organizers can reduce tripping accidents as well as keep your cords neatly tucked away. This box by DMoose comes in several different colors and designs to match your office setup.
Anker PowerConf S3 Bluetooth Speakerphone
Optimize your video calls with a Bluetooth speaker. This bestselling model by Anker features real-time voice optimization, background noise reduction, and a 6 microphone array.
The Anker speaker is compatible with all popular online conferencing platforms and can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth or computer with the USB-C cable.
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
The Logitech MX Master wireless mouse lets you mouse on just about any surface – even glass. It has a thumb wheel for horizontal navigation and advanced gestures and can be used with up to 3 Windows or Mac computers at once using the included receiver or Bluetooth.
Stress Ball Set – 18 Pack
It may seem silly, but having a fidget toy or stress ball at your office desk can help you avoid bad habits like pen clicking and hair twisting, can help relieve anxiety, strengthen muscles, and more.
This is a pack of 18 stress balls in different colors. The stress balls are made of an extra durable outside and contain gel-like water beads.
2 Pack Under Desk Drawer Organizer
Keep all your desk accessories organized and out of the way with this pack of two desk organizers. The pack of two gives you multiple compartments to store your sticky notes, tape dispenser, scissors, or anything else you’d like to stow away for more desk space.
Most desks don’t come with drawers anymore – this is a great way to de-clutter your desk setup. Each self-adhesive drawer is ?8.62 x 5.27 x 1.34 inches.
Mighty Mug Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The Mighty Mug has smart grip technology – it will grip to any smooth, flat surface and not tip over. Perfect for desks, the Mighty Mug keeps drinks hot for up to 6 hours and cold for up to 24 hours with triple-walled stainless steel. The mug has a 360° lid so you can drink from any angle without having to look for the spout.
This mug is available in many colors and is BPA-free.
obVus Solutions Adjustable Laptop Stand
Today’s laptops are just as powerful as many desktops, and for many people, it is their preferred method of computing. If you happen to be one of those people, the obVus Solutions adjustable laptop stand will let you achieve the best viewing angle whether you are sitting or standing.
Designed in the U.S., this is a multiple award-winning form factor that is functional with a sleek and modern design. You can adjust the stand to an ergonomically set up between 2 to 21 inches in height.
The obVus stand is made from solid aluminum, and it can hold laptops between 10 and 17 inches. And at 12.4 x 11.93 x 2.76 inches and only four pounds, it is light enough to move around.
Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector
The Belkin power strip surge protector can handle up to 4,320 Joules of surge, which translates to 4.3 kilowatts. And it has 6,000 volts of maximum spike voltage, keeping all the electronics in your office space safe. Other features include 12 AC outlets, an 8-foot heavy-duty cord, 1-in-2-out RJ11 telephone or fax protection, and coaxial cable protection.
APC 1500VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector
A UPS battery backup system also has a surge protector, but you are not going to plug all your peripherals into it. The APC battery will keep some of your devices running until the power comes back on or turn them off properly.
This unit is a 1500VA/865W backup battery power with up to one hour and 13 minutes of runtime at 100 watts. It includes 10 outlets to plug your devices. However, only five of the outlets have surge protection.
Backed by APC’s 3-year warranty and a $150,000 connected equipment policy, the company provides one of the best protections in the industry.
Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow
If you dread long hours sitting in a hard chair, consider a lumbar support pillow like this one by Everlasting Comfort. Sitting for long periods can lead to back pain, poor posture, and other health problems. Lumbar support pillows are designed to provide support for your spine and keep you in the correct sitting position.
This memory foam support pillow also features a cooling mesh material to prevent sweating and can fit just about any chair.
Additional Home Office Desk Accessories
As mentioned previously, the needs of your office accessories are uniquely your own. And as you gain more experience working from home, you will find new devices, solutions, and services so you can be more productive.
Here are some other items not on the list:
- Noise-canceling microphones and headphones: If you are in a household with kids, roommates, or pets, noise-canceling headphones are necessary. They can make your home office more tolerable while you are working or talking to colleagues and customers.
- Charging station and/or wireless charger: This will ensure the devices you need to charge have one place to make it happen. And with a wireless charger, it is one less thing you have to plugin throughout the day.
- Wireless keyboard and mouse: Peripherals without wires will make your desk clutter-free. And this has many benefits in addition to being more convenient.
- Standalone microphone and webcam: If you are in many video conferences, consider a standalone microphone and webcam. You will get a much better image and sound with these cameras and microphones. While the cameras and microphones that come with laptops and some monitors are OK, they have limitations.
- Bluetooth speakers: Again, a wireless peripheral will make your life much easier. Play music to make your workday more enjoyable; and with today’s Bluetooth connectivity, you won’t notice any loss in audio quality.
Other Office Items
If you are going to spend eight hours or more working in your home office, you will need other items to make it more comfortable.
Consider placing plants, artwork, a couch, and a coffee/espresso machine to make the space your own. A blanket, water bottle, and candles can make your home office a nice place to work in.
While you are at it, don’t forget to get the best lighting possible for your space. Quality overhead lighting becomes even more important if you don’t have access to natural light, such as in a basement. A good home office desk lamp can also reduce strain on your eyes.
Just keep looking for ways to make your environment as pleasant as possible because you will spend many hours in there.
Addressing the Challenges of Remote Work
Beyond establishing a space where you can work remotely in your home, there are additional challenges you are going to face. This will depend on your industry and the equipment and infrastructure you will need to carry out your tasks.
Connectivity is a big issue, and you must have a redundancy system in place to continue to work if one system fails. This means getting a cable, DSL, or satellite connectivity along with a mobile internet service. With this type of system in place, you can continue to work if the service with one system is interrupted.
Another infrastructure-related issue is power. While you might not have power outages where you live, a battery backup system is absolutely essential. It will allow you to turn off your device properly (if you are on a desktop). If the battery is big enough, you can connect your routers for your connection and continue working until the power comes back on.
Having a desktop and laptop is another form of redundancy when it comes to devices. If the power goes out or your desktop has issues, you can fire up your laptop and continue to work on it.
The key is to create a space in your home where you are comfortable and continue working. And to make this possible, you need the right office and desk accessories as well as processes in place if something should arise.
The setup you create should address all of your work challenges to make you productive. Similarly, the things you surround yourself with can also make your environment more enjoyable.
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Source: Small Business Trends