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25 Products to Make Your Home Office Feel More Like Home

Putting the ‘home’ in home office.

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Like most of the world, Gear Patrol is currently working from home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Not all of us have dedicated home offices, instead refashioning our dining table or bedroom corner into a makeshift workplace. Even though these “offices” are inside our home, they can start to feel detached. If you’re looking to spruce up your home office to be more personal, here are 25 products to get you started.

Delfonics Rollbahn Notebook

Courtesy Delfonics

Delfonics, a Japanese stationery brand, makes a great array of notebooks, pens and other desk essentials. The Rollbahn notebook, named to sound like a European stationery brand, is in a league all its own. We love the perforated pages, the 70 GSM yellow-hued paper and the assortment of colors the books come in.

BUY NOW: $13

Flock Foods Chicken Chips

We miss our office snacks. Satisfy your salt cravings with these keto-friendly fried chicken skins, available in flavors like BBQ and salt and vinegar.

BUY NOW (8-Pack): $24

Hasami Porcelain Mug

We rave about East Fork’s mugs all the time, but sometimes they’re a little hard to come by (though their presale option, which makes it easier to scoop up as many as you want, just went live). Hasami Porcelain’s mug is just as well-crafted, but much easier to find.

BUY NOW: $24

Hay Bottle with Cork Stopper

Keep a bottle of water by your side to stay hydrated throughout the day. Hay’s bottle design is more sophisticated than a Brita pitcher, and popping off the cork stopper is foreshadowing what’s about to go down at happy hour.

BUY NOW: $50 $30

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Once the clock strikes 5, whip out a Glencairn glass (our favorite whiskey glass) and pour yourself a dram.


Sri Lanka Print by Chris Delorenzo

For our Journey art print series, we worked with photographers to get shots like this one taken in Sri Lanka. You’re not going on vacation any time soon, so bring a bit of the outdoors inside.

BUY NOW: $29+

Yamazaki Tower Deskbar

Clutter can really dampen the mood. Yamazaki’s Tower Deskbar will keep your paperclips, phone and other miscellaneous scraps in order so you can hunker down and get to work.

BUY NOW: $30

SmartSweets Gummy Bears

SmartSweet makes reduced-sugar versions of your favorite childhood sweets. Eat a whole bag and feel about 75 percent less guilty.

BUY NOW (12-Pack): $33

Bloomscape Red Prayer Plant

If you’re living alone, get an indoor plant to keep you company. The Red Prayer Plant from Bloomscape is one of the easiest plants to care for; just give it somewhere sunny to sit, keep the soil moist and spritz it weekly to let it thrive. Plus, caring for a plant can jumpstart a new gardening hobby.

BUY NOW: $35


Anything is better than the industrial coffee maker in most offices. The Chemex is a sound choice for making a bigger batch of pour-over coffee than a Kalita Wave or Hario V60. Because the Chemex produces less coffee than a drip coffee machine, you’ll have to brew more often, which means you’ll have more fresh cups of coffee.

BUY NOW: $40

Umbra Shift Junip Waste Can

A waste basket holds garbage, but it doesn’t need to look like trash. The matte body is offset by a chrome trim, and Umbra’s use of contrasting shapes makes for a functional, yet beautiful, waste can.

BUY NOW: $40

Gideon Dagan Perpetual Calendar

We’re all a little confused as to what day it is. Created for MoMA, Gideon Dagan’s Perpetual Calendar is a beautiful and minimalistic way to keep track of the days. No more waking up on Sunday thinking it’s a workday.

BUY NOW: $67

Vitra Rotary Tray

While Vitra’s striking furniture collections get all the airtime, its smaller housewares are slept-on. Take the rotary tray, which features a tiered shelving system with a rotating top shelf. It’s simple, intuitive and contemporary.

BUY NOW: $45

The Home Upgrade

Doctor’s orders: take a break from the screen every 20 minutes. Instead, flip through the pages of The Home Upgrade. Published by Gestalten, The Home Upgrade is a photo book of renovated homes that defy standard convention. Use the book when you’re not reading it to prop up a desk monitor so it’s closer to eye level.

BUY NOW: $60 55

Purple Royal Seat Cushion

Whether you’re using a stool, dining chair or office chair, your rear could use some extra cushioning. The Royal Seat Cushion supports your backend for up to eight hours of comfort, and the cushion is engineered to support your body like those fancy office chairs we write about.

BUY NOW: $79

Schoolhouse Concrete Tape Dispenser

No one wants to see your plastic roll of Scotch tape on your desk. Add some Brutalism to your office with this sturdy concrete tape dispenser. It makes a stellar paperweight, too.

BUY NOW: $79

Ferm Living Shay Quilt Cushion

If you’re a fan of Hay (or new Scandinavian design in general), Ferm Living is a brand to know. The Scandinavian interior design experts make enviable home furnishings like this color-blocked cushion to give you a little extra back support. It makes a great nap pillow, too.

BUY NOW: $89

Vitruvi Oil Diffuser

We didn’t rank Vitruvi at the top of our list for oil diffusers, but its looks make it one of the nicest diffusers we’ve seen. It’ll make you wonder why you’ve stuck with candles so long.

BUY NOW: $100

Grovemade Walnut Monitor Stand

Grovemade makes beautifully crafted home goods, and we really dig its monitor stand made from American black walnut. The design allows for additional storage underneath your monitor, which will clear up desk space. It also has serious Eamesian vibes.

BUY NOW: $120

Anglepoise 90 Mini Mini Desk Lamp

Anglepoise makes one of our favorite desk lamps, and every size version of it is a winner. We’re a big fan of this anodized brushed aluminum, and we think you will be, too.

BUY NOW: $120

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Cabin Throw

Perfect for chilly winter days and A/C-induced ice ages, Faribault throws are durable and reliable for camping and indoor office work.

BUY NOW: $200 $150

Sonos One SL

Some people like to work in complete silence, but others need noise in the background to get things done. If you’re the latter, the Sonos One SL is the perfect speaker for your home office, with impeccable sound and ease of use. Dish out an extra $20 for the Sonos One, which has a microphone for voice control.

BUY NOW: $179

Dims. x Gear Patrol Utility Cart

We collaborated with Dims. to revamp their Barbican Trolley with a dark blue powder-coated steel, all-weather wheels and drain holes. The utility cart works great as a bar cart but we’ve also seen some people fashion it into a temporary desk.

BUY NOW: $399 $319

Revival Rugs Rojda

A rug can really tie the room together. Artisans in India hand-knit this rug from 100 percent New Zealand wool, and the plush pile feels great on bare feet.

BUY NOW: $389

Herman Miller Sayl Task Chair

Invest in a good office chair. Your productivity, posture and over well-being will thank you. If you can’t splurge on the $1,000 throne, the Sayl task chair provides great bang for your buck, even if you never work from home again.

BUY NOW: $545

Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s Associate Staff Writer.
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