10 Nifty Work-From-Home Essentials That Aren’t Gadgets

You don't have to splurge to improve your home office!

Work From Home Essentials
ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) If you’re thinking about leveling up your home office for a hassle-free work-from-home experience, then it might be time to add a few things to your workspace that’ll improve your workflow. And no, you don’t even have to splurge on high-tech gadgets with hefty price tags to spruce up your home office! From finds that’ll help prevent body pain to items that’ll keep you organized to things that’ll inspire you, we round up 10 work-from-home essentials that you can buy right now that aren’t gadgets.

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Spruce up your home office with these 10 practical Work From Home Essentials:

Laptop Stand

Plastic adjustable laptop stand (P150) from On Lemon
Plastic adjustable laptop stand (P150) from On Lemon
PHOTO BY On Lemon
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A laptop stand can help reduce eye strain and neck pain since it positions your laptop’s screen on eye level, preventing you from slouching all day long. Apart from that, it helps keep your laptop and the surface beneath it cool. Without a laptop riser, the bottom of your laptop and the table can get hot, which may affect the performance of your computer.

Available online.

Backrest

Memory Foam Seat Cushion (P950/gray; P977/purple, blue, or black) from Wonderland PH
Memory Foam Seat Cushion (P950/gray; P977/purple, blue, or black) from Wonderland PH
PHOTO BY Wonderland PH
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Suffering from chronic back pain? We found something that’ll help relieve that: a memory foam seat cushion! This set from Wonderland PH can make any seat more comfortable in an instant—just put the bottom cushion on your seat and strap the back cushion to the backrest of your chair. Plus, the seat cushions feature memory foam that offers support and that’s soft to touch. Goodbye back pain!

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Available online.

Laptop mat

Personalized Laptop Mats (P480/each) from Tali Ti Amianan
Personalized Laptop Mats (P480/each) from Tali Ti Amianan
PHOTO BY Tali Ti Amianan

A laptop mat is one easy way you can spruce up your home office without doing anything too drastic. They come in a variety of colors and some can even be personalized with your name for an extra special touch! These laptop mats from Tali Ti Amianan each come with a belt, so you can bring it with you whenever you have to work somewhere else. We love how it comes in a wide range of colors, too.

Available online.

Mouse pad

Pink Comfort Mouse Pad (P75) from RTBO Mall
Pink Comfort Mouse Pad (P75) from RTBO Mall
PHOTO BY rtbo mall
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This mouse pad has a built-in cushion that offers a soft yet ample support for your wrist, preventing you from straining your hand while working. Plus, the mouse pad is made from neoprene rubber material, which keeps it from sliding around your desk!

Available online.

Wrist rest

Keyboard Wrist Rest and Mouse Pad Wrist Rest (P125 to P258)
Keyboard Wrist Rest and Mouse Pad Wrist Rest (P125 to P258)
PHOTO BY Victsing

If your wrists end up hurting after a long day of work, it might be time to get a wrist rest. We spotted wrist rests that you can use while you’re typing and one for when you’re using your mouse, so you can be sure that your wrists get the support they need to avoid getting strained. These pieces have soft memory foam which offers comfort even as you spend the whole day typing away on your laptop.

Available online.

Moodboard

The Basic Waffle Set (P650) from Dreams for Breakfast
The Basic Waffle Set (P650) from Dreams for Breakfast
PHOTO BY Dreams for Breakfast
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When work gets a little too much, it’s always good to have something inspiring in your workspace to help you recharge—and one way you can do that is by having a moodboard nearby. The Waffle, as Dreams for Breakfast calls it, can be used to hold photos, postcards, notes, and more! It’s compact, too, so it’s perfect for small spaces. A set includes one pegboard, five metal hooks, five wooden hooks, a dowel stand, and a canvas pouch. You’ll go crazy over their wide variety of prints and colors!

Available online.

Cable organizer

Cable and Cord Organizer (P269) from Louiebelle Collection
Cable and Cord Organizer (P269) from Louiebelle Collection
PHOTO BY Zalora

Seeing all your cables scattered all over your desk can be an eyesore and even add to your stress levels, which is completely unnecessary. Get yourself a cord organizer like this one from Louiebelle Collection so you can keep all of your wires and chargers all in one place without making your workspace look chaotic. It comes in a faux leather burrito-style wrap that can hold three cords and a pocket for adapters or flash drives—it’s great for travel or even your everyday bag!

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Available online.

Desk calendar

2021 Bagasse Desk Calendar (P175) from MUJI
2021 Bagasse Desk Calendar (P175) from MUJI
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Lately, the days just seem to blend together and you find yourself thinking it’s already Friday when it is actually only just Tuesday. It’s a good idea to have a desk calendar you can easily look to when you suddenly forget what day it is tomorrow. You can also use the desk calendar to jot down important reminders so you won’t feel completely lost when you sit down and start working. This minimalist calendar from Muji will fit right in most workspaces!

Available online.

Planner

Focus 2021 Journal (P550) from Belle De Jour
Focus 2021 Journal (P550) from Belle De Jour
PHOTO BY Jamie Sanchez
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Get your life together with the help of a physical planner like this one from Belle De Jour. We know you probably feel like journals aren’t essential anymore since the universe can really mess up your plans in a snap, but hear us out: writing everything you have coming up, even one day at a time, can help you get a sense of control over your life. This planner has a weekly layout with unruled pages and ample writing space so you can use it to see all your important events, deadlines, appointments, and more. You can even use it as a little diary, if that’s more your style.

Available online.

Coffee cup

Kinto To Go Tumbler 240ml (P1,400) from CATO
Kinto To Go Tumbler 240ml (P1,400) from CATO
PHOTO BY Cato

Yup, a tumbler or a cup is totally a work-from-home essential. It’s important to have water in your workspace so you’re reminded to stay hydrated throughout the day! If you’re a coffee junkie and would rather drink coffee than have water (please don’t do this), then this #aesthetic coffee cup from Kinto is perfect for you. It can keep things hot and cold for up to two hours and it comes in a pretty cream color.

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