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How to set up a home office

Where do you work best? Do you need the peace and quiet of the bedroom, or do you prefer to combine work with family life in the living room or kitchen? Whatever your preference, the tips that follow will help you to set up a sustainable home office (and perform like a pro).

A home office spot with a BEKANT desk in white and a LANGFJALL swivel chair.
A home office spot with a BEKANT desk in white and a LANGFJALL swivel chair.

1. Choose your work spot

You can carve out a workspace you'll feel good working at practically anywhere in your home, all you need is a proper desk, a comfy chair, some storage and a lamp. Choose colours and materials that match with the rest of your deco for a chic, coordinated look that blends right in.

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A LISABO desk in ash veneer behind a sofa, a FORSÅ work lamp and the back of a GUNNARED swivel chair.
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2. Think ergonomics

Taking a minute to check your posture can really improve your well-being and productivity at work. An office chair that offers good support and is height adjustable is essential even when working from home, or try a sit/stand desk and get some bonus movement into your day too.

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A beige office chair with black legs and castors beside a white  desk, and drawer units in white and pale wood.
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3. Select smart storage solutions

It’s hard to keep a clear head if your desk is a mess. De-clutter with small decorative boxes, a desk tidy, or a drawer unit on castors that can be wheeled out of sight at the end of the day. Add a cable tidy or a work lamp that doubles as a charger to keep your workspace clear while powering your tech.

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A white MICKE drawer unit on castors has white desk organisers on top and stands next to a black table.
A black chair beside a storage unit, drawers open, holding files  and items with various office supplies on the top.
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4. Create calm with organisers

Keep everything organised for a smoother workday, then make it easier to pack up and switch off at the end of the day too. The right organisation is key in every workspace, whether you’re searching for a file of papers or the perfect paint colour to finish off your canvas.

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5. Source tools for working

A few small tools can make a big difference to your workday, like laptop and phone stands, wireless chargers, and USB ports.

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6. Focus with light

Be kind to your eyes and illuminate your workspace with the right light. Some even have built in wireless chargers, keeping you charged up and cable-free.

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7. Manage cables and accessories

Are your cables running wild? Investing in some cable management accessories will help you get them under control, and even if you’re only working from home temporarily, they can come in handy behind the TV bench or under the dinner table.

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8. Improve your air quality

Did you know that air pollution is one of the biggest health challenges of our time? Improve your indoor air quality by adding lots of leafy plants, or try an air purifier. The FÖRNUFTIG air purifier is an affordable way to reduce unpleasant smells and remove airborne particles such as dust and pollen. Simply plug it in and press the start button!

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9. Establish focus and privacy

Are you trying to work in peace in a shared space such as your living room? A sound absorbing desk divider can create a secluded and quiet zone where you can work undisturbed, just about anywhere.

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10. Set the mood for wellbeing

It’s easy to forget to take regular breaks with no colleagues around to remind you, which isn’t good for creativity. Create atmosphere in your office by having plenty of plants around.

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