9 stylish WFH essentials for a happy and hyper-focused setup

Enter your most productive era yet

WFH selection of products on pink background
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The WFH lifestyle can be tricky. On one hand, it’s an incredibly convenient, modern luxury that some of us are lucky enough to experience. On the flip side, working from home can cause the lines between career and play to become increasingly blurry.

Apartment living adds another unique layer: limited space to do said work and limited space to relax. It’s essentially the perfect design storm.

Challenging floor plans and modest square footage can make it difficult or impossible to set up a proper office, and if you're mostly decorating and editing an apartment on a budget, that can be even tougher! So, what’s left? Resorting to your couch can be too tempting (hi, Netflix!) Your bed is supposed to serve as a dedicated space to unwind. Sitting in your dining chair all day gets uncomfortable. What’s a girl supposed to do?

Bright WFH setup with white desk, neutral chair, roses and a large print

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Home office essentials that work hard

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Before you get frustrated and claim that your WFH situation and apartment living just don't jive, consider more out-of-the-box solutions. Designing a productive space is possible if you take some time to get creative with it — no corner office needed.

Use these tips, tricks, and helpful finds to craft the workspace of your dreams, all while sticking to a budget.

What should every home office have?

Bright WFH setup with colorful desk organizers, a white desk and chair in front of a pink color block wall

Setup by @twinflair

(Image credit: @twinflair)

It really depends on how you work and on your existing environment! If you need a desk, one that suits your space will be essential. And if you need it to work double-time as an island, that's no problem as there are a ton of portable (and cheaper) kitchen island picks, ripe for slotting into small spaces. 

Alternatively, if you're planning to use your kitchen table or breakfast nook as a proper desk, opt for cozy accent chairs made with fabric rather than basic wood to make your seating arrangement feel extra inviting, and focus on those little extras like lighting and time-management props for a super cozy setup all day long. Your WFH space needs to help you feel grounded and inspired, so don't be afraid to try different things until you find the perfect layout and environment for you to do your best work ini!

Kara Thompson

About me: 

Kara Thompson is a Denver-based journalist with over five years of experience writing lifestyle content. She has written for a variety of publications, including townandcountrymag.com, elledecor.com, goodhousekeeping.com, and Parents, where she covered all things home, food, fashion, travel, and holidays. During her time on staff at Parents, Kara launched her own home decor and organization column named Save My Space. In 2022, she left her full-time job as an editor and started her own writing, editing, and social media firm, Kara Thompson and Co.

Tennis, New York City, bourbon cocktails, and her sister's German Shepherd are a few of her favorite things.