Everything You Need To Create The Perfect Home Office

Home office tech and furniture


A recent study found that at least 70 percent of professionals are working from home one day a week. In reality, that means at least 70 per cent of people are laying in bed for 9 straight hours with a giant bowl of Coco Pops nestled precariously on their laptop, half-watching Netflix and getting absolutely nothing done.

Remote working is only going to grow more popular, so it’s about time you built your own space and got the most out of your days. Here are Esquire’s essentials to the ultimate home office.

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Whether it’s whale noises or industrial death metal that gets you in the zone, you deserve top-notch sound. The Sonos Play:5 is frequently ranked as one of the best home speakers on the market, and its sleek black design means that it’ll fit into any set-up and aesthetic. It even connects to your Amazon Echo.

Sonos, £499


Don’t mistake the Pixelbook’s sleek, ultra-thin design for style over substance. With a 2,400 x 1,600 pixel display and powerful processor, Google’s laptop truly competes with Microsoft and Apple’s high-end alternatives – and that’s without mentioning the fact that it doubles as a touch-screen tablet.

Google Pixelbook, £999


ENZO 3 Drawer Walnut-Stained Desk


A simple desk that will keep the room looking tidy and stylish. The retro-inspired pedestals leave plenty of room for a printer/faithful dog/foot jacuzzi, and the three drawers will keep unnecessary hoarding to a strict minimum.

Habitat, £550


Montblanc + James Purdey & Sons Meisterstück Great Masters Fountain Pen


Picture the scene: you’re hammering out a business deal with Pauly Deep Pockets . You slam a ludicrous contract on the desk and ask – nay, tell! – him to sign here, here and here. “Uh, well… okay”, he whimpers. “Have you got a pen?”. You pull out the blue ballpoint you nabbed from William Hill. He stares in disbelief. He does not sign the contract.

Don’t let that happen. Buy a Montblanc and keep it close for the rest of your days.

Mr Porter, £2,615


There truly is no better way to unwind after a long day of buying low and selling high than with a game of chess. Even if you don’t know how to play, a strategically-placed Cubitts walnut and maple wood set will still impress the hell out of friends and terrify business rivals.

Mr Porter, £225


Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)


Install the right apps, and Alexa will serve as a trusty personal assistant throughout the working day. You can ask your Echo Plus to conduct research, work out travel routes, make calls, stream audio and tinker with smart home devices around your property, as well as much, much more.

Amazon, £109.99


When it comes to lamps, you don’t want a big cranking monster taking up valuable desk space/clattering into your head. This concrete-based, brass-plated effort from Swoon is the perfect understated option that won’t make your room look like a Pixar pre-roll.

Swoon, £89


Bottega Veneta Leather Letter Holder


A scattered pile of papers will really mess with the fengshui of your desk. Maintain order with this Bottega Veneta brown letter holder, woven with the label’s signature Intrecciato technique. You’ll never want to open an envelope again (and we’re not just talking about those ‘FINAL WARNING’ ones).

Matches, £595


Canon Selphy CP1300 Printer


One of the worst aspects of working from home is wrangling with a printer. Save yourself the stress by going for something compact and straight-forward, like this Canon Selphy CP1300.

Selfridges, £139.99


Smython’s Panama Notebook


With its cross-grain leather skin and pale-blue featherweight paper, Smython’s black Panama notebook is a classic and refined way to keep track of your plans, scribble down ideas and plot revenge on your countless enemies.

Matches, £45


Connolly Leather Pen Pot


You might know Connolly as the famous upholsterers of the first luxury cars, including Rolls Royce, Bentley and Ferrari. They’ve branched out since then, pivoting into the fast-paced world of pen containment. This pot, made in Spain, is crafted from the same vegetable-tanned hide as those classic cars, and is detailed with three silver hex rivets.

Mr Porter, £310


Olmstead Mid-Back Desk Chair


This diminutive Eames-inspired mid-century modern desk chair is a great alternative to the tatty fabric recliners you see hogging up office space across the land.

Wayfair, £238.21


Nespresso Magimix Citiz Coffee Machine


One of the advantages of having an office to yourself is that the coffee machine doesn’t conk out every 2 days. This compact Nespresso Magimix Citiz will be there for all your frantic, deadline-dawning espressos, with a fast heat-up time of just 25 seconds.

Nespresso, £159.99


Sonic Editions 1968 Muhammad Ali Print


You and peak Muhammad Ali have a lot in common, really, in that you both work topless and spend most of your day sweating. Celebrate this fact by adorning your whole with this classic 1968 photo of the late great outside New York’s Alvin Theatre.

Mr Porter, £200


Spending the whole day staring at a laptop isn’t ideal. Doing it with your chin pinned to your chest is downright injurious. Do yourself a favor by investing in an adjustable laptop stand. This aluminum option has the added benefit of cooling your whizzing machine.

Bestand, £32.99


Tom Dixon Tank Striped Whiskey Set


Channel Mad Men with this lovely retro whiskey set from Tom Dixon. Take a furious nap at midday. Moodily stare out the window for hours at a time. Comb your hair for the first time in decades. You are Don Draper, and for better or worse no one’s here to tell you any different.

Mr Porter, £200

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