In partnership with IKEA
Whether you’ve got an entire room to yourself or simply designated a corner of your living room as your home office, creating a WFH space that works—and that inspires you—is crucial to getting the job done.
However, setting up a home office requires a little more strategy than you might apply to your office cubicle. This space is embedded into where you live, 24/7, and the real estate it takes up needs to be as functional as it is beautiful. More than ever, our homes should be places that fill us with joy. And nothing sucks the cozy out of a room like stacks of reports and wild tangles of computer cords.
Enter Ikea. From clever storage solutions to eye-pleasing accents, here are 10 pieces that will make your WFH space an inspired one.
1. A proper chair
Do your back a favour: set yourself up for success with the Odger swivel chair. Not only can you adjust for height, but its ergonomic seat and back are engineered to maximize comfort, all day long. ($129)
2. An actual desk
No matter what corner of your home you tuck it into, the sleek and understated Micke desk will fit right in. ($99)
3. A “work” coffee mug
Much like heading to the office coffee machine always felt like a ritual that started the day, sipping on this Strimmig mug (in mood-boosting pink!) will click your brain into Productivity Mode. ($4)
4. A place to put all that paper
Not only does the Skådis pegboard give you a place to post important info (think passwords, phone numbers) it’s also a great way to zone off your WFH space from the rest of the room. Plus, pin up a few art prints to inject some personality into your workspace. ($24)
5, 6 and 7. Decorative touches to make this space feel like you
Speaking of personality, these added touches—a no-maintenance Fejka artificial plant, a pop of colour from the multi-functional Anilinare desk organizer, and the softness of the Ingabritta throw over your chair—are sure to bring a smile to your face whenever you sit down to work. ($10, $4, $30)
8. A rug to ground everything
Put down this Rens sheepskin underneath your workspace and watch it do double-duty: Not only does it visually create a sense of separation from the rest of the room, it will warm your toes during those endless Zoom calls. ($40)
9. A way to play some energy-lifting tunes
The Symfonisk wi-fi bookshelf speaker is a seamless way to get your favourite productivity-boosting beats pumping throughout your space—and can also function as a shelf. ($149)
10. A light source that works over time
It’s an interior design cliche, but the right light really does set the mood for a space. Even better, the Riggad LED work lamp also doubles as a wireless phone charger. ($80)