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.

Home office with a desk, laptop, desktop computer, and decor.
White office desk with two drawers and two shelves from Wayfair photo

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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 pull-out shelf for your keyboard, along with a small drawer to hold important documents and extra supplies. It also comes with plenty of shelves that can be used as extra storage space to display family photos and other decor.

Buy It: Axess Computer Desk, $146, Wayfair

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Upholstered office chair in the color Mauve from The Home Depot photo

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Upholstered Office Chair

When selecting the right office chair for your space comfort is key, 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 also available in four other stylish shades.

Buy It: Avenue Six Lula Office Chair, $192, The Home Depot

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HP all-in-one printer, copier, and scanner from Office Depot 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 $50 off! Fill it with plain paper for regular printing or swap it out for photo paper to print pictures from your last family vacation.

Buy It: HP All-in-One Printer, $50 (originally $100), Office Depot

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Gold desk lamp with adjustable shade from Target photo

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Gold Desk Lamp

Ensure your work space always has proper lighting with this gold 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.

Buy It: Desk Task Lamp, $35, Target

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Black mouse pad with gel wrist support from Target photo

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Mouse Pad 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 $10, you can get this mouse pad from Target 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 also has non-skid padding on the bottom to ensure it won't slide around.

Buy It: Innovera Mouse Pad, $10, Target

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Rose gold office supplies from Wayfair 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, tape, a pen holder, two pens, and four binder clips. And they all have the same stylish design to make your desk look cohesive and organized.

Buy It: Eile Desk Organizer Set, $47, Wayfair

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Small acrylic desk organizer from The Container Store photo

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Acrylic Desk Organizer

You can never have enough storage space when working from home.. 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 clear acrylic 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.

Buy It: Acrylic Desktop Organizer, $12 (originally $15), The Container Store

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