My home office has taken many forms over the last 14 years, from an apartment dining room to a closet with the doors removed. Since 2020 provided us with so much time to think, I decided to invest some time, energy and money into creating an office that I enjoy spending time in.
When I was looking for information about home office and desk set-ups on the internet, most of them were just staged photoshoots promoting an overpriced, and unnecessary set of accessories. In the end, I did find a lot of inspiration from YouTube gamers, tech reviewers, and content creators whose setups were more in line with what I needed for my home office.
I typically spend my days studying/testing, working with clients, reading articles, watching tech videos, listening to podcasts, and working on various side projects. It was important to me that my office is comfortable and functional, but it should not feel like I am going to the office.
HOW I SET UP MY HOME OFFICE
I’ve finally put together an office that I can’t wait to walk into every day. The following is a gallery of images and affiliate links to where you can find the equipment and accessories I use. I’ve also added some notes on how it all works together. This will hopefully give you some ideas for creating a home office of your own.
Desk Set Up
I’ve owned many cheap “for now” desks over the years that I never really liked. This time I needed a desk that was strong, roomy, and that could support various mounts, and clamps for my gear. Instead of a traditional “desk”, In the end, I decided to go with a Husky 6 foot adjustable work bench.
Husky workbench desk : Husky Ready-to-Assemble 6 ft. Adj. Height Solid Wood Top Workbench in Black
Mac: Apple M1 Mac Mini 8 GB/256
Mac hub: Type C Docking Station with SATA SSD/HDD Slot
Additional storage: ADATA SU760 1TB 3D NAND
Mac mini mount: HumanCentric Mac Mini Mount
Keyboard: Keychron C2 Full Size 104 Keys USB Mac/Windows
Trackball: Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball
I needed to improve my Zoom calls & virtual meetings. As a result of watching many hours of tips and reviews, I decided to buy a used Sony a5100, and invest in a quality lens that could be used for years to come when I upgrade to a newer version of Sony. As well as good video, good lighting is essential.
Webcam/Video: Sony A5100
Lens: Sigma 16mm F1.4
Capture card: Elgato Cam Link 4k
Camera mount Neewer Z Flex Tilt Head
Camera slider: Neewer 39.4 inches/100 Centimeters Carbon Fiber Camera Track
Tripods: Neewer 3 Pieces 6ft/75 inch/190cm Photography Tripod
Tripod adapter: CAMVATE Light Stand Mount
Desk Mount Stand (2): 14-25.5 inch Tabletop C Clamp Mount Stand,
Video light #1 (not pictured): Neewer 14-Inch Round LED Video Light
Video light #2 (not pictured): Neewer LED Bi-Color Studio Round Lighting, 18-Inch
“Hair” light: Woods Clamp Lamp
Macro controller: Elgato Streamdeck
2nd camera (plug and play) : AKASO V50 Pro Native 4K30fps 20MP WiFi Action Camera
Small tripod: Phone Tripod
Good audio is essential for good video. The clarity of my voice is essential to making sure that my clients can hear me. It was important that I had a good mic set up that I wouldn’t have to fiddle with during video conferencing and podcasting. Furthermore, I needed a headset to take calls both at my desk and away from it.
Wi-Fi is something I only use when necessary. The fastest and most reliable speed and connection can only be achieved using Ethernet. In my office, there is no internet connection, so a power line adapter was needed. In addition, I needed a small office server for backups and storage, as well as a cloud storage solution.
Powerline Adapter: NETGEAR PowerLINE 1000 Mbps WiFi, 802.11ac, 1 Gigabit Port
Router: ASUS N900 WiFi Router (RT-N66U)
Network switch/splitter: TP-Link TL-SG105
Ad blocker: Raspberry Pi 4 4GB running Pi-hole.
While I am at work I listen to music constantly. Additionally I needed a television that could double as a third monitor so I could watch tech videos, listen to podcasts, or play video games (don’t judge me). Having a couch to relax on when reading a book or working on a laptop is a huge perk. It was important that the space was comfortable, as well as functional, and not staged.
TV: Hisense 50-Inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV
TV stand: 5Rcom Tall Swivel TV Floor Stand with 3 Shelves
Receiver: Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver, 5.2 channel, 4K Ultra HD Audio and Video, Home Theater System
Speakers: Klipsch R-41M Powerful Detailed Bookshelf Home Speaker Set
Subwoofer: Klipsch R-100SW 10″ Subwoofer
Drawers: Ikea Alex drawers
Floor lamps: (2) Simple Designs Home LF1014-BLK Etagere Organizer Storage Shelf Linen Shade Floor Lamp
Smart bulbs: WiZ Smart Wifi Connected LED Light Bulbs/Compatible with Alexa and Google Home
Smart plugs: Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Outlet Socket Work with Alexa and Google Home
Kraftwerk poster: (no longer available)
New Order poster: (no longer available)
X-Files wall art: Nagoul Abstract Canvas Picture Frame – My X Files I want to believe poster (Delivery took forever).
Carpet: Got it in the Home Depot discount bin, and cut it to size myself.
- I use Synergy to share the keyboard and mouse across the Mac, and PC.
- Camera, video lights, and camera monitor are on smart plugs so that I can turn them off and on at a moment’s notice for video calls.
- These LG monitors have multiple inputs. The PC uses the display ports, the Mac uses HDMI-1. I switch the inputs on the monitor, so I can use either on both, or one on each.
- Flat white sound panels are also great for bouncing light for even more diffused lighting.
- Receiver is Bluetooth connected to the Android tablet for streaming music. It also controls the lights and smart plugs via Google Home.
- The desktop studio monitors are connected to the PC, Mac, and Rodecaster through various inputs including 1/4-1/4 (Rodecaster), USB B-USB A (Mac), 3.5 mm – RCA (PC).
- Every computer, networking equipment, TV and so on is protected by a UPS. CyberPower devices have served me well over the years.
- These clamp on stands have come in handy many times to hold cameras, lights, and other things.
- Keyboard wrist rest, and trackball wrist rest.
- To use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera as your webcam, it needs persistent power. This adapter works for the Sony Alpha series.
- Laptop stand for when I need to use my Chromebook or run labs.
- This is the laptop holder that is underneath my desk.
- Having some velcro is invaluable to keep cables managed, and cords stored.