If you’ve never worked from home before, setting up a home office that is both comfortable and productive can be a daunting task. Simply putting your laptop on your kitchen table won’t cut it. To prosper, you need a base of operations to rival that of your well-equipped city office.
Of course, as well as being functional, once the coronavirus lockdown is over, your new home office will become a space to which you can invite clients. It should reflect your personality and taste, as well as your work ethic. This means no cliché artwork hanging behind your desk, no outdated tech and no using an old coffee table in lieu of a desk. Here’s our guide to creating the best home office…
The ultimate desk
This is the crowning glory of your office, the object that will define your business personality from the perspective of those who enter your workspace. It should be bold, but in-keeping with its chic surroundings, so stick to classic woods and opt for designs with handy storage solutions. This walnut version by De La Espada fits the bill perfectly.
De La Espada Orson desk
It goes without saying that lighting is important. To keep things feeling fresh and well-lit, why not invest in an attractive desk lamp. This is an opportunity to introduce an element of charm to your workspace, so choose something that serves as a piece of visual furniture and will break up the room. This unusual lamp by award-winning designer Lee Broom is an eye-catching talking point and a signifier of your impeccable taste.
Lee Broom Crescent table lamp
An executive chair
If you’re going to spend upwards of a third of every day sat at your desk, you’re going to need the sturdy comfort of a quality chair. Choose something that looks as luxurious as it is comfortable but don’t be fooled into thinking that a leather wingback is a good choice for doing serious work. Made’s Saul desk chair strikes just the right balance.
Made Saul desk chair
A top notch coffee machine
As a successful self-starter, you’ll need caffeine to keep yourself on top form. But step away from the instant coffee, and buy a proper machine – something that looks just as good as the coffee it produces tastes. This innovative design from Joy Resolve incorporates an alarm clock and will automatically start brewing at a time of your choice. Working through that all-important coffee break is now a thing of the past.
Joy Resolve Barisieur coffee alarm clock
An ergonomic tech stand
Even if you’ve invested in the finest desk and chair set-up, chances are you’re still not going to attain the heady levels of ergonomic comfort your professional office affords. A tech stand – which elevates your laptop to recommended eye level height – is a great solution but many of them are, well, less than chic. Which is where Oakywood steps in. Crafted in oak, this laptop stand is also a stylish desk accessory – and there’s a whole range of charges and tech docks to match.
Oakywood tech stand
A stellar game
Your workspace should be somewhere to unwind and relax as well as a place of hard graft. If you don’t stock your space with a charming game to challenge potential business partners at – and Alexandra Llewelyn makes some of the finest – you may as well be working a corporate 9-5er in a characterless office. You know what they say about all work and no play…
Alexandra Llewelyn backgammon board
A secret bar
A desk globe marks you out as a man of the world. A desk globe that hides a bottle of fine Scotch marks you out as the kind of refined gent anyone would want to go into business with. Just imagine popping open this Bloomsbury Market number after signing an important contract…
Bloomsbury Market Shelly globe bar