Best home office setup: Everything you need to work from home during coronavirus times

Here's how to survive WFH in comfort and style.

Best desktop monitor
Samsung LED monitor
Samsung
  • pro
    Wide viewing panel
  • pro
    Slim design
Best laptop stand
Soundance
  • pro
    4 colourways
  • pro
    Ergonomic design
Best USB hub
Anker
  • pro
    4-port USB 3.0
  • pro
    2 ft extended cable
Best monitor stand
FITUEYES
  • pro
    Space-saver
  • pro
    Simple and slim
Georgia Tan
Associate Editor
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March 20, 2020
5 min read

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With people all over the world, including us Aussies, now resigned to either self-quarantine or working from home every day, the question we're all facing is this: how do we set up a decent home office space fast and on a budget?

Whether you’re struggling to set up an effective home office space or just need to desperately upgrade your current setup, we’ve rounded up the best home office furniture, tools and accessories so you’ll never want to go back to the office.

1. Best monitor

Brand: Samsung

Price: $174.50 + free delivery

Size: 23 inches

For those looking to quickly nab a quality desktop monitor so you aren’t working from your laptop at home, or so you have a second monitor to aid your work productivity, this is our top pick for you.

For $174.50, you’ll get a decent Samsung 23-inch LED monitor with a wide viewing panel, slim design and optimised screen colours.

Of course, you need your monitor delivered to you ASAP. Lucky for you, you could have this delivered for you within the next week and for free.

Since it doesn’t look like we’ll be heading back into the office anytime soon, this should be a pretty good steal.

Samsung
Samsung LED monitor
pro Wide viewing panel
pro Slim design

 2. Best laptop stand

Brand: Soundance

Price: $45.99 + free delivery

Compatibility: 10 to 15 inch laptop (Mac or PC)

For those who’ve heard that standing desks have already sold out all over Australia, you would be smart to prepare yourselves for a shortage of laptop stands.

Our number one pick for laptop stands is this Soundance aluminum one, which is compatible for both Mac and PC users, as long as your laptop is between 10 to 15 inches.

The stand comes in four cool colourways (which, of course, match the Macbook colourways): black, silver, gold and rose gold.

Soundance
pro 4 colourways
pro Ergonomic design

3. Best portable laptop stand

Brand: Nexstand

Price: $32.46 + free delivery

Compatibility: All laptops over 11.6 inches

If you’re looking for a portable laptop stand, hands down Nexstand’s super lightweight, foldable and height-adjustable laptop stand with 7 settings is the clear winner.  With its cool design, you can even elevate your street work style while actually doing your neck, shoulders and back a favour.

Since it only clocks in at only 8 ounces (220g), you’ll be able to pack it up in a jiffy for when you’re burnt out at home and need some work time from your local cafe or even while lazing at the beach or your nearby park.

A bonus is that you can get this delivered to you within the next week. Comfy, outdoor laptop time is not far away at all.

Nexstand
pro Lightweight
pro Height adjustable

4. Another portable laptop stand

Brand: Soundance

Price: $36.99 + free delivery

Compatibility: 10 to 14 inch laptops

Soundance
pro Adjustable and portable
pro Ventilated

5. Minimalist laptop stand

Brand: Rain Design

Price: $67.36 + free delivery

Compatibility: Macs, 14 to 15 inch PCs

Rain Design
pro Minimalist style
pro Cable organiser

6. Best USB hub

Brand: Novoo

Price: $29.99 + free delivery

Comes with: HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Sd card slot + 1x MicroSd card slot

Novoo
pro 4-port USB 3.0
pro 2 ft extended cable

7. USB hub with 2 ft cable

Brand: Anker

Price: $22.28 - $53.88 + free delivery

Comes with: 4 USB 3.0 ports

Anker
pro Extended cable
pro 4-port USB 3.0

 8. Best monitor stand

Brand: FITUEYES

Price: $35.99 + free delivery

Size: 2-tier, W 42.5 x D 23.5 x H 14cm

For those that have or have invested in a desktop monitor or two for your home office, it’s important to also get a decent monitor stand.

This dual-tier monitor stand will ensure you aren’t straining your neck and back by arching forward while you’re typing and looking at the screen.

Plus, it’s a great space-saver since you can actually store your laptop and other bits and bobs currently lying all over your desk in a contained slot.

It should fit most laptops, monitors and desktop computers, with up to 15kgs of load capacity.

FITUEYES
pro 2-tiers
pro Great space-saver

9. Best mouse pad

Brand: Dooke

Price: $26 + $8.53 delivery

Size: 9.8in x 9.1in 5mm-thick

Dooke
pro With wrist support
pro Cool designs

10. Best desk lamp

Brand: TaoTronics

Price: $49.99 + free delivery

Includes: 4 lighting modes

TaoTronics
pro USB charging port
pro Touch control

 11. Best for cable management

Brand: JOTO

Price: $13.99 + free delivery

Capacity: 4-6 cables

Are you sick of the eyesore of cables popping out all over your work space? I mean, they’re a safety hazard too (I for one have been tripping over my wires in the living room).

JOTO’s cable management sleeve can relieve you of that problem, so that all your wires can be fitted inside the sleeve so keep everything nice and tidy.

If you’ve got more than 4-6 cables you want to organise, you can just nab another one and puff your messy wires should be sorted.

Another bonus is that you could get this delivered to you by tomorrow if you choose faster delivery or within the week otherwise.

JOTO
pro Fits 4-6 cables
pro Great space-saver

12. Best small laptop desk 

Brand: HANKEY

Price: $40.99 + free delivery

Dimensions: (55 x 35 x 29 cm)

HANKEY
pro Great for breakfast in wed
pro Comes with wine holder and drawer

13. Best laptop table

Brand: TaoTronics

Price: $92.91 + $30.88 delivery

Dimensions: 60cm L x 33cm W

TaoTronics
pro For bed, sofa and lap
pro Height-adjustable and foldable

 14. Best iPad stand 

Brand: Satechi

Price: $49.99 + free delivery

Compatibility: 4 inch to 13 inch tablets, laptops and smartphones

If you’ve got a large smartphone, tablet or small laptop tablet that you’re working from throughout a lot of the day, it would be worth considering a tablet stand.

It comes in an easel style design so that you can interact with your laptop in either landscape or portrait mode easily.

Plus, it’s pretty lightweight and foldable, so no sweat about popping this into your bag when you hit the cafe.

Coming in four colours that will match your iPad or Mac if you have one, choose from: silver, matte black, space grey gold and rose gold.

Satechi
pro Lightweight and foldable
pro For smartphone, tablet and Macbook

15. Best lumbar support 

Brand: Everlasting

Price: $46.37 + $23.76 delivery

Dimensions: 16.5-20 in L x 32 in

Everlasting
pro Made of 100% memory foam
pro Dual adjustable straps

16. Best seat cushion

Brand: Save&Soft

Price: $39.90 + free delivery

Dimensions: 36cm x 43cm x 6cm

Save&Soft
pro Lower back, tailbone, sciatica pain relief
pro Washable cushion cover
Georgia Tan
Written by
Georgia Tan
Georgia Tan was an Associate Editor at Reviews.org Australia. She is constantly on the lookout for the best deals around, often seen with an almond cap in hand. Georgia has previously had her by-line published on Finder, AdNews and Honi Soit and was a past Editor of Hermes and ARNA.

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