Creating your own home office? Need ideas for your setup? Our team shares their home personal office spaces.June 16, 2021
At The Remote Company, everyone can work from home (always, not just during the pandemic). Our 130+ remote employees each have their own way of working, and home office setups to fit their preferences.
Some employees work from the couch, while others need an ergonomic setup for their back. We have team members that created a real home office, and people that use whatever surface is not occupied (even ironing boards!).
To create the best office setup for you, you need to think of your personal needs. What do you need to be most productive and happy at home? Try to find solutions based on those needs. It can be as small as a desk lamp to investing in a standing desk that’ll benefit you long-term.
At The Remote Company, we invest in our team’s remote workspaces. Every team member receives a budget of 1,000 USD for their remote or home office set up so that they can work comfortably from wherever they choose.
Scroll down to see the home office setups of our team members.
I'm keeping it "Lite" with a minimalist home desk setup that's free of distractions. This setup helps me to focus on the tasks at hand. The room is flooded with natural sunlight during the day while nighttime sees the floor and table lamp provide warm light. A nearly indestructible houseplant does double duty as a promising air purifier and visual companion.
Before the pandemic, Matt and I were always ready to work from wherever (airports, hotel beds, you name it). Now that we're homebound, we realized that there's nothing like the warm feeling of being home. It's really nice to prepare cappuccinos with our own coffee maker and watch our dog sleep all day long while we are busy working. And, we can work in pajamas!
Sharing your home and office with a partner can be challenging for many couples, but for us, it's a dream come true! Different music and lighting help us to set different moods, depending on the occasion (sometimes we light up our room in bright pink!). We enjoy being surrounded by plants and natural light to balance all the technology around us and bring the outdoors into our home.
We have four different workstations in our home, which helps us to switch it up when needed. For example, our balcony desk is perfect for getting some fresh air and clearing your mind. Though even though we have all these desks, we mostly move our laptops from the couch to the bed. 🙈
The most important thing in my home office is my desk chair. I bought the Steelcase Please desk chair 2 years ago and I’m really happy with it. I’d advise you to invest in a good ergonomic office chair, as it’ll last you a long time. Your back will thank you too!
I can’t work with multiple screens because I lose my focus jumping from screen to screen. That’s why I use an ultrawide screen (34 inches) and installed the Magnet app, which can split my screen in half or thirds. A good dock helps to keep things organized, as I only need to plug in 1 cable. I use the Caldigit TS3 Plus. On my desk, you’ll also find good speakers to play music, a mechanical keyboard, and a wireless Logitech MX Master mouse.
This is my cozy working corner. I don’t need much for my home office design, just my Apple MacBook Pro, a couple of green plants, a desk lamp, and of course, high-speed internet.
I normally work from our HQ in Vilnius but now that I’ll be working from home for a while, I’d like to add some framed pictures to give the room more atmosphere. I alternate between this laptop desk setup and the couch in the living room, though my back isn’t happy when I work from the couch too often.
Senior Content Writer
I love to work from cafes, so for the longest, I didn't really have a proper laptop desk setup. Wherever there's a charger outlet, a desk, and a chair, I'm good!
After indoor coffee shop seating became limited, I finally decided to put my home office budget to good use. On Amazon, I found this sturdy yet budget desk. I bought some scented candles, plants, and a minty velvet chair from Facebook marketplace. On the wall, I made a collage from souvenirs we got after visiting the Color Factory in New York. Home office completed!
Videos and Webinars
My work-from-home office setup is a little different from most, as I made it into a soundproof recording studio to host webinars and record videos. The three greatest investments I’ve made for my home office desk setup are the large screen, a laptop stand, and an office chair without a backrest.
I also use an electric standing desk. I have the camera on the table and adjust it with a remote. This home office desk is perfect for taking videos, photos, eating soup, and cleaning! You just move it up to the highest stand and vacuum underneath, easy peasy!
Business Operations Specialist
My home office has all the things that I need to be productive: an adjustable desk, a comfortable chair, and daylight. I wanted to have a cozy place to work, that's why I chose the light-colored furniture and the painting on the wall.
When our home office budgets were announced, I wasn't quite sure what to buy. Being a digital nomad, I move into a new "home" every month or so. I needed a flexible laptop desk setup that I could take with me on the go!
After some research, I found the Magic Hold 3-1 stand. This stand is easy to assemble, lightweight, and quick to pack. You can mount it on any table or even on the side of your bed! The screen can freely swivel 360 degrees so you can adjust your laptop in a comfortable position. The monitor mounting arm has a 145-degree tilt and the laptop mounting arm a 60-degree tilt. This home office gadget is a perfect match for a crazy nomad like myself!
Thanks to our annual benefits, I invested in an adjustable desk, so I can go back and forth from standing and sitting down. It replaced my ironing board (see my previous setup in the photo below), but don't worry I will keep it for its main purpose!
I’m a fan of minimalism and also prefer to keep it simple. I would always choose a place with natural light. Here I feel focused, comfortable, and ready to work.
The picture above is taken at the coworking space where I’m normally renting a desk. There I’m using an ultrawide monitor, which is really awesome. I have the laptop standing beside it for Slack messages and video calls, so it’s separated from the task I’m doing. To split up my laptop screen I use Spectacle and Mac OS X’s Spaces.
Now that I’m working from home, I dug up my iPad mini 3 and installed the Duet app to use it as a second screen. I also use Apple’s magic mouse and keyboard, which are both quite comfortable and offer good functionality. This is what that looks like:
I love my pink laptop stand. Not only does it coordinate perfectly with my laptop, but it has also saved my neck and shoulders! I’ve paired it with an ergonomic mouse and magic keyboard. There’s also a notebook plastered in MailerLite stickers. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I like writing lists to stay on track!
My work environment is relatively simple. I have a second external screen, a desk that I can move, high-speed WiFi, and the city view on my right—that’s the best way for me to focus. I definitely prefer a liftable table over a traditional desk, as it helps with my posture.
I live in a very small space, so there wasn't a lot of room for a proper home office setup. I took the brightest corner in the flat and organized myself there. Natural light helps me to better focus. I’m also conveniently next to the balcony door so I can get some fresh air now and then.
My most important home office gadget is my Marshall headphones. These are a must, as my boyfriend and I are both working from home (he took over the dining table).
And yes, if you’re a Star Wars fans you’ve spotted that correctly: That’s Chewbacca in front of my pencils on the right. I know it's controversial to talk about the newer Star Wars movies, but I loved Chewbacca and the Porgs, so this was an instant buy!
Unlike the fancy home offices a lot of our developers have set up, I can be found on the couch with my laptop most of the time. I like to travel, so my home office setup needs to be as compact as possible—which means just having my laptop and charger so I can always be on the go.
I’ve decorated my desk with Philips Hue lights to set, and change, the mood.
An electric standing desk is a definite must for me, so I can sit and stand during the day. The tabletop comes from IKEA and the desk legs are from a local market. They have electric desk legs at IKEA as well. If your home desk setup is more elaborate (think two monitors and a speaker), pay attention to the maximum load so you know it can safely lift your work setup. My table will lift up to 100kg.
Though everyone’s home office looks different, there are some items that most of us have used. Our shopping list for creating the most productive and comfortable working space contains:
A second screen
A standing desk to alternate between sitting and standing
Headphones to reduce outside noise or listen to great tunes
A personal touch!
Editor's note: This article was originally published in March 2020, but we've updated it with some new remote office examples from our team.
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