Home Office Ideas & Gadgets to Help You Work Efficiently
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Revamp your work-from-home setup with our team favorite home office ideas.
Your workspace doesn’t have to be full of work. ✨
If you were one of the millions who found themselves working from home during or after the Coronavirus pandemic, after a year or longer of grinding from home, it might be high time to add a little flair to your setup with some fresh home office ideas.
We’ve been trailblazing the work-from-home life since long before the pandemic, but if you’re new to the gig, you can set your home office & yourself up for success with these helpful ideas, starting with not forgetting that coffee in the microwave. 😉
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Whether you prefer sleek & modern, airy & bright, au natural, the studious study, minimalist, and more we’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas to help you curate the ideal home office – including a ton of team favorites we couldn’t make it through the workday without!
Here are 8 home office ideas to help inspire productivity while you’re crushing it at home:
1. Tech fanatics only.
Let the power of technology keep you working at maximum efficiency! Even better, with so many smart devices doing the extra work for you, you don’t have to waste any extra brain cells thinking about anything besides work.
Grab these team-favorite home office decor pieces to achieve a techy workspace (all available on Amazon!):
HidrateSpark Pro Smart Water Bottle as low as $65 (regularly $79.99)
Colsur Digital Alarm Clock w/ Wireless Charging Base as low as $39.99 (regularly $49.99)
Hip Sidekick, Angela LOVES this smart water bottle…
It keeps track of exactly how much water I drink and reminds me if I don’t drink any for a while. I keep it on my desk.
2. Comfort over everything.
One of the biggest perks of working from home is that you don’t have to wear that uncomfortable suit or put up with that stiff office chair. If you’re still not reaching the maximum comfy level at home, you may want to swap out what you have for one or two comfort essentials.
Hip Sidekick, Amber, for example, deals with superficial vein thrombosis and realized she was struggling the most with how much she crossed her legs. Thankfully this affordable and adjustable footrest has helped her a ton. So if you’re in the same boat, it’s an ergonomic solution that might be a game changer for you too!
Ameriergo Adjustable Foot Rest $35.99 (regularly $43.99)
Here are a few more highly-rated footrest options…
- Everlasting Comfort Office Footrest for Under Desk– $39.25
- Mind Reader LEGUP Ergonomic Foot Rest $29.95 (regularly $32.99)
- Under Desk Foot Hammock– $15.98
3. Dueling monitors.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and under-productive at work, a second monitor is a quick fix and a surefire way to boost your productivity! Hip Sidekick, Emily took it a step further by mounting and lifting up her screens for easier viewing capabilities and a less cluttered workspace.
You can grab affordable monitors from these popular stores:
If your monitor doesn’t come with built-in speakers, grab this modern-looking pair Emily snagged for her desk!
Creative Pebble 2.0 USB-Powered Desktop Speakers $19.99 (regularly $24.99)
Plus, save on Emily’s genius wall mount + stand too!
WALI 13-30″ TV Wall Mount $15.98 (regularly $19.99)
SOQOOL Laptop Stand $22.99 (regularly $29.99)
AND don’t forget to cover up those unsightly cords too!
- Yecaye Cord Channel Cable Concealer (for 1-2 cords) $14.40 (regularly $21.99)
- YIOXCO TV Cord Cover for Wall (for 3-4 cords) $9.99
4. Bring the outside indoors.
This home office idea makes your workspace feel less dreary and drab by giving it some life instead. Plants are so pretty and calming to look at in the middle of your 9 to 5 craze, but they can also emit detoxifiers to help ‘clear your head’ literally by cleaning up the air you’re breathing.
Hip Tip: Here are 15 easy care indoor plants that will thrive in your home office!
No green thumb? While you won’t get the same detoxifying effects, these faux plants look so real, they’re perfect for adding something organic-looking to your office space!
Need a stylish vase for your new indoor plants? Hip Sidekick, Lina loves these for her home office…
Umbra Desktop Planter Vase & Geometric Containers on Amazon (set of 2) $26 (regularly $40)
I love these super fun and stylish vases for my office. They can hold my essential office supplies and even a cute succulent that has really brightened up my space! You can check out more ways to style them, too! – Lina
5. It’s all about the CHAIR!
Whoever said office chairs had to look like office chairs? Emily recently treated her home office to a glow-up and we can’t stop staring at this gorgeous chair! 😍 And yes it swivels too!
Art Leon Classical Swivel Office Chair $161.49 (regularly $169.99)
Here are a few more fun chair ideas for your home office…
- LeatherSoft Executive Swivel Office Chair in Black/ Black $159.60 (regularly $183.99)
- Karat Home Hector Velvet Home Office Swivel Desk Chair as low as $187.63 (regularly $235.26)
- Armen Living Summer Chair $100.79 (regularly $237)
- Flash Furniture Alonzo Two-Tone Armchair as low as $63.19 w/ code (regularly $139.99)
6. Make it bright & colorful.
When you eat, sleep, clean, and work at home it can get a little boring staring at the same blank walls. Adding pops of color throughout your office is a great way to perk up the space for a boost of motivation.
BOSOBO Mandala Mouse Pad $6.39
Logitech Color Collection Wireless Mouse $16.99 (regularly $39.99)
I like to spruce up my workday with a fun wireless mouse and a colorful mouse pad. I switch them out every 6 months to a year as they get gross after so much use. There are tons of cute options available. – Amber
Here are a few more colorful mouse pad options…
- Armanza Modern Abstract Mouse Pad $8.89 (regularly $12.99)
- Dooke Ergonomic Mouse Pad with Wrist Support $8.99 (regularly $9.96)
- Goodsprout Rose Gold Marble Mouse Pad with Wrist Support $12.99
- Britimes Gaming Mouse Pad $5.90 (regularly $6.90)
7. Because, COFFEE.
No matter what aesthetic you’re going for, no home office is complete without that liquid gold – coffee! And with this handy mug warmer, you don’t have to risk forgetting about your cup of joe in the microwave 😉
Grab our team favorite pick on SALE…
Mr. Coffee Portable Mug Warmer $13.49 (regularly $19.89)
Before I bought this awesome gadget, I would literally warm up my coffee in the microwave about 20 times a day! 😬 I’m a slow coffee drinker, so I was so excited about this mug warmer that now sits at my desk and keeps my coffee nice and toasty. – Jessica
8. The statement lamp.
Even if you have a window in your home office, if you ever work when it’s still dark outside, it’s nice to have a statement lamp. Plus, it’s an easy way to spruce up your office space without redecorating the whole thing.
Emily grabbed this cool globe lamp on Amazon for her new office and we’ve never seen anything like it! 🤩
Hsyile Modern Creative White Glass Ball Floor Lamp $55.99 (regularly $57.99)
Check out these cool statement lamps too…
- BoostArea Industrial Floor Lamp $35.99 (regularly $60)
- Mid Century Modern 2 Frosted Glass Globe Floor Lamp $69.99 (regularly $79.99)
- EppieBasic LED Desk Lamp $69.59
- TACAHE Minimalist Corner Floor Lamp $79.99
Now that your home office is set up with all your favorite things and optimized for success, it’s time to learn some helpful habits to make your day go more smoothly.
Here are our top 6 tips on how to work from home successfully:
1. Let in natural light.
If you can, opt for a brighter, natural sunlit area of your home. Being exposed to natural sunlight is proven to increase productivity & alertness. It also contributes to a better mood by lessening anxiety, lowering depression, and helps our bodies produce more serotonin which ultimately makes everyone happier. 🥰
Hip Tip: Don’t have a ton of natural light? Consider bringing the outdoors to you by adding some cute plants and succulents to your space (& don’t forget Lina’s cute planters) Either way, they’ll be sure to add a layer of happiness to your workspace.
2. Get yourself ready.
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you should lounge in your pajamas all day long – of course, anyone who traditionally works from home would be lying if they said they never do this. 😉 However, I find myself to be most efficient when I’m showered, have brushed my teeth, added some concealer to my under eyes, and slipped on something besides pajamas.
Hip Tip: Ladies, a comfy dress is a great way to feel totally put together with minimal effort and still be extremely comfortable. This best-selling maxi dress on Amazon is the perfect throw-on-and-go option for all seasons!
3. Fill your belly. Feed your brain.
I already talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with good, natural light when working, but it’s also just as important to fill your belly with healthy foods. I know, I’m probably starting to sound like your mom now, but without it, you might struggle to focus or feel alert.
In fact, a healthy meal replenishes the stores of energy and nutrients in your body and also provide other essential nutrients required for good health. If you’re doing the low-carb thing, be sure to check out our sister site, Hip2Keto.com.
Hip Tip: Foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin B, iron and other essential nutrients will be your best bet. For some ideas, consider foods like steel-cut oats, fresh fruits, avocado toast, raw nuts, natural yogurt with granola, or a spinach omelet.
Short on time? Check out this easy and delicious slow cooker overnight steel-cut oats recipe.
4. Make your go-to drink.
For some, making your go-to drink might be counterintuitive to the healthy meal I just encouraged you to scarf down. However, I’m sure we can all agree that our favorite hot cup of tea, iced coffee, or maybe even this delicious (and viral on TikTok) whipped coffee that Lina made, can make us crush our tasks at hand and feel like doing a happy dance after the first savory sip. 💃Cheers!
5. Check your emails first.
For me, I know that waking up to unread emails can create unnecessary anxiety in the back of my head if they don’t get taken care of first. Getting them out of the way as soon as you sit down will allow you to feel less stressed, and allow you to focus on the bigger tasks at hand.
6. Work in chunks until you’re done.
Now you’re the boss…sort of. 😏 You’re also not in your traditional office space anymore, which means you’re missing trips to the fax machine, going to a coworker’s cubicle to discuss something, walking to meetings, or grabbing lunch at the cafe down the street. By now you’re probably realizing that those things are almost non-existent when working from home, so it’s important to get yourself up and moving throughout the day.
About once every 45 minutes to an hour try stepping away from your computer to recollect your mind and body. This can be simple things like walking around the house a couple of times, taking a quick breather outside, or going to the kitchen to replenish with water.
At the end of the day, remember to give yourself some grace.
It’s difficult working from home and sometimes you just have to snuggle your baby on the couch or get down on the floor with your pup. As long as your work gets done, we think you’re doing a great job. 🤗 And if you have any home office ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them!