Everything You Need to Build a Home Office on a Budget (for Less Than $500)

According to some studies working from home can benefit you and your employer, but before going remote you'll need a space where you can focus and stay on track. The good news is creating a home office doesn't have to cost you an entire paycheck. With these seven budget-friendly items you can skip the commute and stay in your pajamas while you work.

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Office Desk

To start your home office, clear out a room that will function well as your new work space. Then the fun part, choosing a desk! We suggest picking a desk with a simple design like this one from Wayfair. It features a pure white finish that won't wear and is stain resistant. The desk also has two drawers to store important documents and extra supplies, or use the larger drawer as a keyboard tray to save space. In addition to the two drawers, it comes with two open shelves that can be used as extra storage or to display family photos and other decor.

Price: $187 (usually $229)

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Upholstered office chair in the color Mauve. photo

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Upholstered Office Chair

Comfort is key when selecting the right office chair for your space, but you can't forget about style and affordability, too! This upholstered chair has soft fabric with a curved backrest that will give you support without feeling stiff. With a swivel motion and cable control height adjustment, you can move freely without having to worry about it being too tall or too short for your desk. We love this chair in blush pink, but it's available in teal, too.

Price: $135 (usually $145)

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HP Officejet all-in-one printer, copier, and scanner. photo

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All-In-One Printer

When you add an all-in-one printer to your home office you'll no longer have to make a special trip to the office or the library just to scan a few documents. This wireless printer connects to your laptop (or desktop computer) and will print, scan, or copy anything you need—and it's on sale right now for over $35 off! Fill it with plain paper for regular printing or swap it out for photo paper to print pictures from your last family vacation.

Price: $40 (usually $99)

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Brass Desk Lamp

Ensure your work space always has proper lighting with this brass desk lamp. Its sleek design will give your desk a modern look, and thanks to the adjustable shade you can direct the light wherever you need it. Bonus: This lamp comes with an LED bulb, so all you have to do is plug it in and it's ready to go.

Price: $29 (usually $30)

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Mousepad with Wrist Support

Sure, you could use that free mousepad you got at a conference, but when you're working at a desk every day you're going to want one that supports your joints. For only $7, you can get this mousepad from Amazon that features special gel padding designed to support your wrist as you work, which can decrease pain and reduce the risk of developing carpal tunnel. It's available in seven colors and has nonskid padding on the bottom to ensure it won't slide around.

Price: $7

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Rose gold office supplies including, paper clips, pens, scissors, a stapler, a pen holder, and clips. photo

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Rose Gold Office Supplies

The cost of office supplies can start to add up after a while, but when you opt for this rose gold desk set you'll save yourself money and get everything you need in one trip. It comes with a stapler, scissors, a pen holder, three pens, eight binder clips, and 30 paper clips! And they all have the same stylish design to make your desk look cohesive and organized.

Price: $27

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Mirror and metal desk organizer with four storage slots. photo

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Desk Organizer

After working from home for a while you'll soon realize you can never have too much storage. Organization is key to having a functional work space (in and out of the home), and this desk organizer is the perfect place to keep everyday items on hand for easy access. The glass-and-metal design will be a unique addition to your desk. Use the top dividers to hold bigger items like scissors and the smaller dividers to keep your paper clips and binder clips in one place.

Price: $24 (usually $40)

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