10 Work-From-Home Upgrades to Get You Through the Day in Style
Related: The Best Perks of Working From Home
I've been (mostly) commuting to the couch for the past 14 years. And though work-from-home experts will say to set an office space and office hours—and to get out of your PJs—I say that you can do what makes you really happy when you work remotely. So whether you're camped out on your couch for a short spell or you're hoping to make work from home more permanent, try these finds to make your new work life more satisfying—along with my can't-work-without-it gear to get me through the day.
Channel Your Inner Barista
Can't start your workday without a frothy cappuccino? Splurge on an upgraded coffee maker to create your own mini Starbucks in your kitchen. The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System comes with a built-in frother, and lets you whip up anything from a whole carafe of cold brew to a pretty decent cappuccino—and tea drinks, too. (I'm a big fan of the timer to make sure my coffee's ready and waiting.)
To buy: $159, amazon.com.
Keep It Cozy (and Chic)
Yeah, working from home means you can work in your PJs. But why do that when you can slip on a pair of these (even comfier) leggings and still look stylish enough for company or a video meeting? (I pair them with soft sweaters in the winter, dresses in the summer.)
To buy: $35, bodenusa.com.
Pick a Posh Office Chair
When you work from home, you aren't stuck with the company's standard-issue desk chair. Pick a color (like this pretty dusty rose) and a material (mine is velvet!) that'll make you happy. (Bonus: Your home office will look super stylish, too.)
To buy: $399, pbteen.com.
Get Fit While You Work
You'll likely need to give your fitness tracker a little extra love if you're no longer running for the train or taking the stairs. The FitDesk lets you strap in your laptop and start multitasking your way to a little extra fitness while you're working remotely. (The pedals are so quiet you can even do it while you're on a meeting—so long as you're not trying to kick it up to spin class speed.)
To buy: $250, amazon.com.
Add a Little Hygge to Your Home Office
A supersoft throw blanket is essential for when you're curling up on a couch to read through a report—or just need a little extra comfort to get you through the workday.
To buy: $60, crateandbarrel.com.
Make It Easy to Work Elsewhere
A lap desk is essential for those days you want to stay cozied up on bed—or if you don't have room for a whole office setup. Look for one that's big enough to hold your laptop—and has a ledge to keep it from sliding off.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Tune Out When You Need To
Working from home is usually a nice, quiet affair. But if you've got a whole crew home, thanks to self-isolation or spring break, it can make it hard to focus. My Beats help cancel out the sounds of squabbling and make sure I'm heard loud and clear on every Zoom meeting.
To buy: $100, apple.com.
Splurge on Something Soft
They'll never see your shoes when you're working from home, so go for something cozy. These AllBirds Wool Loungers hug your feet in the comfiest possible way—they're like cute slippers you can totally wear around town.
To buy: $95, allbirds.com.
Upgrade Your Home Office Supplies
Pretty office supplies—like this blooming task lamp—make working from home seem a lot less like work. (Skip the plain manila and opt for colorful file folders, notebooks and pens, too.)
To buy: $248, anthropologie.com.
Don't Forget the Snacks
Working from home may mean you miss out on your office mate's birthday cake or the Monday morning bagels, but you get to pick what's in your snack jar. Bokksu's monthly Japanese snack delivery adds a little adventure to my afternoon snack time.
To buy: $37, amazon.com.