Trick out your home office design with elements that signal you are at work
Working from home presents a unique challenge when it comes to tracking down home office bling.
- You want your workspace to be comfortable and productive. But you also need to signal to anyone you share the house with, neighbors, and pets that you are at work. You might be on a call and can’t answer the door. You might need to focus because you have a looming deadline. If you don’t want to be interrupted, you need a way to signal that.
- You also have supplies. And you don’t want to turn your living space into a chaotic workplace that’s difficult to reign in. You need clever solutions that fit the decor of your house.
- Ergonomics are also important to a home office so thinking about how your office design will affect your comfort is a huge part of setting up a space that will work for you.
Here is all the essential home office bling you need to help you manage all the style and productivity demands of a home office.
A neon sign so people know you are on a call
You are on an important call. Someone walks into your office chatting loudly about something inconsequential because you are home and, even though it’s the middle of the workday, they assume you are doing nothing. You glare. But, even if they get the message, the thread of your work conversation is gone before they realize their mistake. What do you do? Murder isn’t an option so try this $25 sign. You can flip a switch so it lights up when you are on a call. They can see it. Signaling is super important when you work from home. And this is a signal that’s hard to miss.
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This simple privacy sign for your door
Stick this privacy sign ($12 on Amazon) to your office door and let anyone who is thinking about knocking know what your current status is. It’s an easy way to prevent anyone from bursting in on your meeting or interrupting you when you are concentrating. Once you mount it to your door, it’s easy to change your status by turning the tab so the appropriate message shows.
A numeric keypad for fast calculations
If your keyboard’s number entry system is awkward and slows you down, drop this numeric keyboard ($17) on your desk and fix that. Even if you only use it to turn your computer into a fancy, always-there calculator, you will reach for it often. (Just hit the calculator button to bring up an on-screen calculator.) It plugs into a USB port for a reliable connection and no fussing with Bluetooth.
A door sign to keep the neighbors from stopping by
They can see your car in the driveway and they want to ask if you can watch their dog, look out for packages, go to lunch, or hang out. Some people are retired, out of work, or not as dedicated to their work-from-home gig as you are. Hang this sign ($15 on Etsy) so they know that you are working. That way when you don’t answer the door — even though they know you are there — they were warned.
This sticky note holder with matching stencils
Keep your sticky notes at hand in this note holder ($15 on Etsy) and use the stencil to draw a quick to-do list, reminders, or important phone number on one as you need it. There are six great colors and an entire collection of matching desk accessories.
Use this wireless charging stand to make your phone more useful
When your phone is in a stand, that screen is so much more helpful. You can glance to see notifications, take calls at the tap of a button, and use it as a music management tool or video calling device, leaving your big screen free for work. And this wireless charging stand ($27 on Amazon) is not only adjustable so you can get the angle right but it charges your phone while it’s there. The charging pad slides up and down so you can situation it in just the right spot for your phone. Sometimes I slide it down and away from my phone’s charging connection when my phone is fully charged.
A set of colorful, desktop storage boxes
Keep all your pens, clips, and notepaper right at hand but tucked neatly away in these stackable storage drawers ($27 on Etsy) and add a punch of color to your desktop.
This wall decal for motivation or art
I have some images on the brick wall over my desk that create atmosphere. But I am considering blowing those up and going big with a decal. This wall decal ($33 on Etsy) is completely customizable and would be a great place to put a logo, inspirational saying, or whatever else it is that makes your office yours.
A beautiful standing desk
Who says a standing desk has to be ugly, expensive, and a huge commitment? The big manufacturers do, I guess. But why not try the idea out before you commit, with something pretty, inexpensive, adjustable, and small? A standing desk does not work for me for writing. But I rely on mine to stand for a few minutes while I work or talk on the phone. This lovely standing desk ($98 on Etsy) will sit on top of your current desk or even the dining room table.
This folding desk so you can keep your home office in a closet
Are you working on a laptop from the couch or your bed? That’s very bad for your neck, hands, and back. If space is the reason, here’s a beautiful folding desk ($50 on Amazon) that you can set up in minutes — that’s less than your commute was, right? — and work with your body in a healthier position.
A small floating shelf so you can tap the wall space for storage
Mount this little custom-made floating shelf ($26 on Etsy) to the wall to store an often-used desk accessory or decorative item that makes you feel happy at work. Or mount a collection of them for your books, reference materials, and cat. You can choose the wood and the size of the shelves to create whatever you need.
A clamp-on keyboard tray that turns any table into an ergonomic desk
Including ergonomics in your home office design is super important if you don’t want wrist and neck pain to impede your productivity. Add a clamp-on keyboard tray ($64 on Amazon) to your desk and you can work for hours without hurting your hands or wrist. And, if your desk is the dining-room table, you can unclamp it and break it down at the end of the day.
A beautiful mouse pad
How has it never occurred to me before that the space under the mouse is an opportunity to display some cute office bling? The floral mouse pad ($9 at Amazon — shown) or these beautiful and extra large magic mushroom mouse and gaming pad sets at Etsy ($25.20) will turn that dead space into something pretty. There are so many to choose from, though, that I might spend a little time enjoying option paralysis before I commit.
This wall desk if you have no space for a home office
This wall desk ($95) is a brilliant solution if you really have no space for WFH. All you need is a comfy chair and a keyboard — with this wall desk mounted at the right height for you to look at the screen — and you’ll be sorted, aesthetically, and ergonomically. When you aren’t working, fold it flat against the wall. It’s a terrific modern element when it’s closed or open.
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