It doesn’t take much to have a functional home office, but you have to put in a bit of work to get the most out of it. This weekend, check out these tips and tricks to supercharge your workspace.
Build Yourself a Better Desk
Maybe you have a great desk already, but maybe you could have a better one. If you fall into the latter category, you have plenty of options. We’ve devoted an entire Weekendhacker to building a standing desk, so you have plenty of options to start with if you’d rather not kill yourself sitting all day long. Before you decide, however, you should figure out the right situation for you by reading our guide to choosing or building a desk. They come in all shapes and sizes and can include lots of built-in organization, so it helps to figure out the basics of what you want before you dive right in.
We’ve featured some interesting desk builds to inspire you. Here are some favorites:
Regardless of what you choose, you have plenty of options for most any kind of home office. Just don’t forget about cable management!
Set Up Those Multiple Monitors
Not everyone needs more than one display. You’ll find good arguments for and against it. Nevertheless, an array of monitors looks pretty awesome and can aid in your productivity, so as long as we’re supercharging our workspaces we might as well consider two or more screens.
First, make sure you have a graphics card that can handle two or more displays. Most can, but not all integrated GPUs (and older discrete ones) manage high-resolutions screens well so check first. Second, you need to pick a good display and get as many as you need to complete your setup. Third, hook them all up, configure their settings (on Windows or Mac), and download a good tool to help manage them.
That doesn’t take much work if you have a desktop, but what if you have a laptop or a desktop with limited ports? While no great option exists, you can get USB displays and USB docking solutions that add ports for additional monitors. Thunderbolt-equipped machines (which means Macs, for the most part) can get Thunderbolt docks and daisy-chain many displays. Again, just make sure your GPU can handle it.
Keep Your Home Office Well-Stocked
An office without supplies is just a desk in a room. We love minimalism, but only if it solves a problem. Most offices need a few helpful supplies to function at their best.
If you want the best, start by checking out our favorites. Also, don’t forget that several items intended for other parts of your home work great in the office, too. Make sure you have plenty of binder clips, as they make for one of the most versatile tools you can buy. We post a lot of great new office supplies from time to time—and even rank them—so watch our tag page for lots of great options.
Personalize Your Workspace
Design plays a large role in an awesome home office. You don’t have to do much to add a lot of character and fun. For inspiration, check out the most popular Lifehacker featured workspaces from 2012 and 2011, and read our apartment design guide for helpful suggestions. (While an office isn’t an entire apartment, much of the same advice applies.) The New York Times has a few helpful tips as well. Once you’ve got everything functioning well and looking great, you’ll have a fantastic workspace.
Have a great weekend!