Building out your dream desk? Starting the work-from-home dream? Don't miss out on these desk accessories!
You've built your new PC, you have a beautiful desk from IKEA, and your home office is slowly coming together. One by one, you'll gather new accessories for your desk setup that make it feel more complete. But are you feeling stuck and need some suggestions? Here are 10 of the most useful accessories we recommend for your desk setup.
There are a couple of different versions we recommend. First is the LaMetric TIME, an LED Smart Clock for anywhere in your home. It only comes in black, so it will beautifully fit any room's aesthetic. The clock connects via Wi-Fi and has an abundance of features, which include custom animated clock faces, elegant time display, weather, and incoming calls, and even works as a Bluetooth speaker. It can also control your smart home lights, such as Philips Hue.
It's a little pricey at around $200, so if you're into it mainly for the aesthetic, the Divoom TimeBox has many similar features for just under $70 in a smaller package.
If you're like most people, your over-ear headphones get stuffed into one of your desk drawers or laid somewhere on your desk, taking up space until they're needed again. A better solution may be to make or buy a stand for your headphones. It can come in the form of a stand or a clip-on hook located on your desk's back, side, or underside. It's such a small feature but gives you slightly more desk real estate than before.
Something simple such as the Lamicall Headphone Stand would work beautifully for any setup.
Once you have your desk laid out how you'd like, you may find it looks slightly empty. If you want to spice up your set up a little bit, desk mats are a perfect way to do so. They come in an abundance of colors and styles and are a great way to keep your keyboard, mouse, and phone from sliding away.
A good size to look for is 18x24 inches, which would fit any size keyboard, a mouse, and a few other accessories fairly easily.
This is one that not a lot of people think of but is more useful than you imagine.
Content creators mainly use acoustic foam panels to decrease echos, making recorded audio sound just a little cleaner than before. Even if you aren't making YouTube videos or podcasts, having foam panels near your desk in your home office is a great way to make your room slightly quieter, as well as make your voice sound much nicer when talking to friends on Discord.
These foam panels come in a variety of shapes and colors as well, so you're bound to find some that fit your home office well.
No gaming desk is complete without some additional colorful lights to accentuate your nerdiness. If you want to spend an arm and a leg, you can go for Philips Hue Lightstrips, which work wonderfully with all your smart home gadgets and fit any setup well. However, if you're on a budget, Govee's Smart LED Strip Lights are far cheaper and work well with its mobile app and various smart home voice assistants.
LED light strips are perfect to put behind your desk, monitor, or around your room; they provide lots of extra light and, of course, increase your gaming performance.
For when RGB lighting simply doesn't cut it, a beautiful floor or desk lamp will do the trick. Edison lamps provide warm, bright light and don't take up much room; getting one that is dimmable with USB plugs built right in, such as this one from Bosceos, would be a perfect fit.
If you're more of a wireless charger person, Belkin makes some pretty great ones for both Android and iOS. The one linked here works for Samsung, iPhone, and Google Pixel devices and charges at around 10 watts. Although some people like to create gorgeous, cable-managed charging stations right by their desks, a wireless charger can be a convenient and aesthetically pleasing solution as well.
For more options, check out the best Qi-certified wireless chargers for both iOS and Android devices.
A boring but much-needed accessory, a quick, easy way of organizing notebooks, pens, and other quick access office supplies is a must. There are a couple of ways to go about this, and a monitor stand with drawers below is a great solution. However, if you already have a monitor stand, Lipper's bamboo organizer is a more compact and affordable option as well.
Especially if your monitor doesn't have built-in speakers, some high-quality external drivers will be very useful. The Creative Pebble Plus received MakeUseOf's Editor's Choice for the best affordable PC speakers. The Creative Pebble Plus retails for just under $50, is powered by USB, comes with a subwoofer, and has great sound quality for watching movies and listening to music.
While over-ear headphones are better for immersive gaming experiences and editing audio, a good pair of computer speakers always comes in handy.
Personalized decor is where your desk setup really comes to life, showcasing your passions to the world. This could come in the form of figurines, such as Nintendo Amiibo or Bionicles, your favorite art and photography on the wall, or a fake plant or two for a more minimal design.
The possibilities are endless, and this is where you can have the most fun.
Once you find all the things you need for your home office, you'll reach a certain comfort level. After a while, though, you may get a new game console, a second monitor, more art, and so on, causing you to want to buy more or get rid of certain pieces of your desk setup.
Your room will always be an ongoing project, and that's okay. As we evolve as humans, so do our surroundings, and change is always good.
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Justin is a writer and photographer from Plymouth, Massachusetts. He has a lifelong obsession with Pokemon and Tetris.
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