Easy ways to improve your WFH space

The COVID pandemic reshaped the way we look at our jobs, making work-from-home flexibility a high priority for many workers. Between easier care for family and time saved from commuting, working from home has improved the workday for millions. But if you’re still using the same equipment you purchased in 2020, it may be time for a refresh. Improve your ergonomics, get organized or simply keep your coffee warm with these top WFH picks.

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Refresh your WFH space

Working from home has its perks, but it takes a little intentionality to create a WFH space that’s functional and productive, especially if you don’t have a room that can serve as a home office. Having clear boundaries is key: Set up a screen divider or a bookcase that can serve as a physical partition between your work area and the rest of the home. If that isn’t doable, try using noise-canceling headphones to send a visual signal that you’re at work.

Try these other tips to refresh and renew your workspace:

  • Check your ergonomics. If your body is out of alignment during work hours, it can add to strain, stiffness and joint pain. Try mounting a keyboard tray under your desk or using a laptop stand to raise your screen to eye level.
  • Bring in nature. If possible, work in an area where windows can let in natural light. Hang up mirrors to help bounce that light throughout your home. Place some houseplants around the room on bookshelves, plant stands or macrame hangers. Both elements can improve stress levels and overall mental health.
  • Reevaluate your storage. Avoid cluttering up your workspace by keeping only the items you use every day on its surface. Other office supplies can be stored in labeled bins in a closet. Use letter trays or hanging file racks to keep projects and important paperwork on hand.
  • Energize your senses. Just because your office was drab and dull doesn’t mean your work-from-home space should be. Refresh your surroundings by painting an accent wall in a color that energizes you. Pick an office chair that makes you look and feel like the boss. Even a candle in an invigorating new fragrance can help you get into a productive zone.

Best chic office supplies and decor

A teal wooden pen holder with pencils in it.

Bayou Breeze Brianne Wood Pen Holder

Made from real wood, this spinning pen holder is perfect for a farmhouse aesthetic thanks to its soft colors and cute cutouts. The 360-degree rotation keeps your pens, pencils and scissors in easy reach. Plus, at 7 inches across, it’s even big enough for items like remotes or notepads.

A pink "Good Vibes Only" neon sign on a wall above a desk in a dark room.

Trinx Jaquarai 20″ Good Vibes Only LED Neon Sign

Add some positive energy to your workday with this cheery LED sign. Simply hang it on the wall and plug in its 12-foot cord. It’s available in pink, blue, red and yellow.

A person surrounded by personal belongings types on a laptop that has an OttLite Clip-On Selfie Ring Light attached to it.

OttLite Clip-On Selfie Ring Light

Ensure you have perfect lighting for video calls with this convenient lamp. Clip it to your desk and position its 21.25-inch flexible neck for just the right angle. Controls on the power cord let you choose from three light temperatures with 10 brightness levels each.

Eight Mr. Pen Aesthetic Pastel Highlighters of different colors placed on an open book.

Mr. Pen Aesthetic Pastel Highlighters

Make note-taking and journaling more soothing with this set of eight pastel-hued highlighters. The chisel-tip highlighters draw smoothly and don’t bleed through pages.

A closeup of hands holding an Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

This smart mug keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature for up to 80 minutes on its own or all day when kept on its charging coaster. An LED indicator tells you when your drink has reached your ideal temperature. It’s available in 10- or 14-ounce sizes and eight colors.

A tan leather chair in an office.

Willa Arlo Interiors Lundgren Leather Task Chair

With brass arms and legs and elegant midcentury-modern design, this chair is perfect for updating a contemporary office space. It features 360-degree swivel and its faux leather upholstery is available in seven colors.

A Sendowtek Bamboo 6 in 1 Charging Station is placed between bamboo and a basket.

Sendowtek Bamboo 6-in-1 Charging Station

This compact bamboo charging station can charge iPhones and iPads, as well as Air Pods and Apple Watch all at once. It comes with three charging cables and a dock for a watch charger. It can also be used to charge Android devices and Kindles.

A DOOKE Ergonomic Mouse Pad sits on a table with a laptop, cup of coffee and laptop wrist pad.

DOOKE Ergonomic Mouse Pad with Wrist Support

This mouse pad features a memory foam wrist support to elevate wrists without adding pressure. The larger size allows for more mouse maneuverability without taking over your desk. It’s available in more than 40 colors and prints and comes with a matching coaster.

The East Urban Home Lycra Desk Pad is placed on a desk in front of a desktop monitor, a plant and a cup with writing utensils and tools in it.

East Urban Home Lycra Desk Pad

The charming botanical illustrations on this extra-large desk pad can make your workspace feel cozier while improving functionality. The smooth Lycra surface aids mouse movement and the nonslip rubber base protects your desk from scratches.

The TRUSTODY Wire Hanging Wall Grid hanging on a wall behind a desk with a drinking glass, book and laptop on it.

TRUSTODY Wire Hanging Wall Grid

Organize papers, display mementos and more with this black wire grid. It comes with different kinds of clips and hangers to help show off everything from photos to houseplants. The 37.5 by 17.8-inch rectangle can be hung vertically or horizontally.

A beige Jerry and Maggie Desktop Office Organizer on a desk behind a cup and saucer, an open book and a pen.

Jerry & Maggie Desktop Office Organizer

This two-piece storage solution can be adjusted to take up as large or small a footprint as you want. It can even organize a corner — just rotate the two shelf units into your desired configuration. The wooden shelves come in six color options.

The AUQ Europe Plant Hanger hanging in a room with a chair, side table, wall art and a plant.

AUQ Europe Plant Hanger

Having houseplants in your office can improve focus and lower stress levels. Give yours a home in this macrame planter basket decorated with wood beads. It’s sturdy enough to accommodate a range of pot sizes.

A closed Chouky Large-Cable-Management Box and an open one sit on a desk with a laptop and a plant.

Chouky 2-Pack Large Cable-Management Boxes

Cable management doesn’t sound chic, but these Scandi-inspired boxes provide an aesthetically pleasing solution to tangled cables and exposed power strips. The set includes two ventilated boxes in different sizes, each with a stylish bamboo lid, as well as cable-organizing ties and clips.

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