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Once upon a time we probably thought of a home office as a grand library within a mansion or, on the flip side, a kitchen table with papers permanently strewn across it.
But times have changed, and continue to do so, and for many of us the concept of a home office has become a very real one.
Creating a space where we can cut off from the siren-call of other tasks, activities and family members is one thing, but turning this into a productive working zone is another.
Because let’s face it, furniture is expensive and now isn’t a time where we want to be dropping extra money on items that we might not always have a use for.
However, creating a home office doesn’t have to cost the earth, you can design a space that inspires productivity, calm and comfort for under £200 (or £197.50 to be precise).
From the desk to the wifi booster, we’ve curated an affordable collection of home office essentials that will see you through the summer.
Who knows, you might find you don’t want to switch off.
How to create a home office for under £200
Simone Desk | £98.99 from Wayfair
The desk, the centrepiece of any home office, is always going to be the biggest expense, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be value for money.
Available in a range of colours, this stylish desk from Wayfair features a clean modern design with a geometric frame that doubles as extra storage - ideal if you’re home office isn’t the roomiest.
Or, if this one is too big for your space, Wayfair’s mid-season currently has a variety of computer desks and standing desks with prices starting at just £35.99.
Plastic Office Chair | £35 from Argos
Not only does this mustard yellow chair look stylish, but it’s also on wheels so you can easily maneuver yourself around the room.
It also a mesh covered padded seat and shaped backrest for comfort and is height adjustable.
Tony Task Lamp | £25 from John Lewis
A desk light is paramount for when working late nights or shedding some extra light on a, particularly complex work project.
This versatile version from John Lewis has an adjustable arm and head meaning you can direct light exactly where required.
BT Essentials Wi-Fi Extender 300 | £19.99 from Argos
If your office is away from the main router or everyone in your house is on the internet at once then it’s likely to slow you down.
This Wi-Fi booster allows you to extend the range of your existing Wi-Fi to provide greater coverage, improve connectivity and help eliminate Wi-Fi black spots.
White Planters on Legs | From £12.50 from Marks & Spencer
Plants are shown to help keep us calmer and improve productivity, so no home office should be without one. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to blooms but, whatever you choose, pop into this white planter on stylish wooden legs to add an extra-calm atmosphere.
Bamboo Pen Pot | £6 from John Lewis
A tidy office is a productive office, or so they say. Which means that having somewhere to store your pens is not only a great way to prevent them going ‘missing’ but also pretty practical.