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Lots of us have settled into working remotely as a new norm, but if you’re still hunched over a kitchen table, the holidays are a good reason to treat yourself — or someone you love — to a proper desk. From carving out a dedicated WFH nook to setting up a corner office in a spare room (or your garage), these boss moves will improve your home office. And, if you’re self-employed, they’re tax deductible.
Get a stylish office chair
Ergonomic chairs can be pricey, but a good one is worth the investment. You can adjust for personalized comfort and get lumbar support, which definitely beats hunching over in a dining-room chair.
Create a versatile workstation
A sit-stand desk is a way to switch up your routine and help you think more productively, especially after lunch. The shape-shifting design will still have utility beyond these strange times.
Choose a reliable laptop
Without an in-house IT department to make computer issues go away, a durable, business-ready laptop is key. ThinkPads offer solid construction and an uncanny ability to withstand falls or coffee spills.
Increase flexibility with a tablet
A tablet can provide a convenient second screen for conference calls or a handy way to edit pics or send emails when you’re taking your home office on the go.
Streamline with a wireless, all-in-on printer
These multifunctional machines can print, scan, copy, and fax from your computer or smartphone. You can buy a basic inkjet model with color printing capabilities for under $100.
Maximize desk space with a lamp/charger
We love this bright idea: a cool-looking lamp that doubles as a charger for your devices. You can plug into a USB port or use the wireless charging pad.
Organize with colorful cord ties
Wireless tech is amazing, but we still need cords to charge desktops, laptops, and printers. Keep messy cables neat with flexible, rainbow nylon tie wraps.
Make your own boardroom
A good, old-fashioned dry-erase board is still one of the easiest ways to keep track of projects — or your department’s sports pool.