Best Home Office Setup: Everything you need to work from home during coronavirus times
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
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.
2. Best Laptop Stand
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.
3. Best Portable Laptop Stand
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.
4. Another Portable Laptop Stand
Price: $36.99 + free delivery
Compatibility: 10 to 14 inch laptops
5. Minimalist Laptop Stand
Brand: Rain Design
Price: $67.36 + free delivery
Compatibility: Macs, 14 to 15 inch PCs
6. Best USB Hub
Price: $29.99 + free delivery
Comes with: HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Sd card slot + 1x MicroSd card slot
7. USB Hub with 2 ft cable
Price: $22.28 – $53.88 + free delivery
Comes with: 4 USB 3.0 ports
8. Best Monitor Stand
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.
9. Best Mouse Pad
Price: $26 + $8.53 delivery
Size: 9.8in x 9.1in 5mm-thick
10. Best Desk Lamp
Price: $49.99 + free delivery
Includes: 4 lighting modes
11. Best for Cable Management
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.
12. Best Small Laptop Desk
Price: $40.99 + free delivery
Dimensions: (55 x 35 x 29 cm)
13. Best Laptop Table
Price: $92.91 + $30.88 delivery
Dimensions: 60cm L x 33cm W
14. Best iPad Stand
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.
15. Best Lumbar Support
Price: $46.37 + $23.76 delivery
Dimensions: 16.5-20 in L x 32 in
16. Best Seat Cushion
Price: $39.90 + free delivery
Dimensions: 36cm x 43cm x 6cm