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This Overlooked Gear Is Your Key to a Home Office That Does Double Work/Play Duty

published Dec 10, 2021
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Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael Moutela; Stylist: Margaret Ward

In an ideal world, your home would come with dedicated spaces for both work and leisure. Of course, homes weren’t designed with WFH in mind, and people often end up eating, sleeping, and watching TV nearby or right at their home office area. To be able to focus on work when you need to and focus on yourself when you want to, you’ll want to think creatively and strategically.

One of the most impressive areas to look for double-duty equipment is in gaming furniture and accessories. (Yes, we said gaming.) The tech and non-tech products are all built for extended use, and because of that, they’re often more comfortable than traditional-looking office equipment. See the upgraded setup we put together with gear from Staples Connect™, the go-to place for home office essentials, and visit your local Staples Connect for inspiration to look at your workspace a little differently.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael Moutela; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Versatility is the name of the game

If you log a lot of hours in front of your computer, you’ll want to choose furniture that understands that. This L-shaped gaming desk can be an extension to your current desk or an easy way to designate one part for work and one part for play. It’s especially helpful if you want a special space for hands-on hobbies or crafting. A supportive gaming chair also serves as a comfy office chair during the day — plus you can pick one with subtly colorful details to match your personal style.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael Moutela; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Tech that works (almost) as hard as you

A fast computer is essential for work time and free time — especially if you want to try unwinding with a little PC gaming. During the day, link your work laptop to a wireless mouse and high-res LED monitor, then swap out your personal computer for a more powerful tower — we like this desktop computer, which has plenty of storage and a graphics card for gaming or streaming — when it’s game time. A gaming keyboard with mechanical keys (the old school ones that make clacking sounds) adds a certain satisfaction to typing emails, plus its color-changing backlight makes you feel like you’re in a completely different space when work is over.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael Moutela; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Fun with finishing touches

In order to fully enjoy what you do at home outside of work, you need to find ways to disconnect at the end of the day. Make that mental transition easier by adding a few special touches that you can switch on when it’s time to clock out. The Echo Glow LED desk lamp lets you swap your normal light for mood lighting — whatever your mood may be! And when you want to put on some music for hanging out, connect your phone to a Bluetooth lava lamp speaker (found in-store at Staples Connect) and enjoy the retro vibes.