My Work From Home Setup

Work From Home WFH Setup

Working from home (WFH) has suddenly seen a surge in popularity for various reasons. I’ve seen all kinds of cool and creative setups, from converting a wine shelf, to creating a make-shift standing desk by way of a laundry basket on top of a counter.

I always thought it would be nice to have a dedicated room for a home-office since most of my time is spent on a computer. While my setup may not be as creative as some of the other setups out there, I do find it comfortable, and good for my productivity. I thought I would share my setup for those of you looking to create a dedicated home office of your own. The following lists everything I use, with product links where available.

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Desk

My desk is an Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Business Edition (which appears to have been replaced by the Premium edition). When I was in the market for a desk I kept seeing ads for Autonomous. I have to admit, at first they seemed too good to be true. I have a different brand standing desk at work, but the size I needed to fit my space was only available from Autonomous. They offered a 30 day trial, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I assembled it mid-2019 and so far it’s been great! The operation is smooth, and I like the programmable memory buttons.

Desk Accessories

I think accessories and a little customization are a must to get the space just right. Here are the products I used to make a nice, clean setup.

  • Cable Tray: The cable tray is available as an add-on from Autonomous. I use it to hold a surge protector and stow away any extra cable length. It keeps the desk looking neat.
    cable tray
  • Vertical Cable Manager: For height-adjustable / standing desks, you can’t go wrong with this Vertical Cable Manager. I have one on this desk, and also my work desk. You can add/remove segments to it as needed to adjust the overall length, and it neatly folds / unfolds as you change your desk’s height.
    vertical cable organizer
  • Under Desk Pencil Drawer: One thing Autonomous doesn’t offer for their desks is underneath storage. I found this storage tray to be the perfect size for this desk (the way the frame mounts to the desktop leaves little room for a drawer, but this one fits perfectly).
    desk drawer

Computer

My previous computer was about 7 years old, so I used some guidance from Steve Smith’s (aka Ardalis) Ultimate Developer Rig post to build my own workstation.

front pc tower

Computer Case: Thermaltake Core G3

Due to my space limitations, I wanted a small / slim form factor tower that could still handle an Intel i9 processor. It took a little bit of work to get everything in there, and some creativity with fans, but it works well and stays cool.

Even though my configuration is not visible, there is a see-through window so you can enjoy everything in its RGB glory!

Parts Breakdown

Other Things

File Storage

I don’t have a ton of files, but needed some filing storage. I found these cool decorative hanging file boxes that work really well

WiFi

I’ve been a huge fan of Ubiquiti products for a long time. I’ll save the review for another post, but recently upgraded with the UniFi In Wall HD paired with a UniFi CloudKey Gen2 Plus

About the Author

FranksBrain

Frank is an experienced IT director of 15+ years who has been working with computers since the age of 13. While hardware and networking were the base of his career, he also enjoys programming, and is currently focused on .NET Core, Angular, and Blazor. He enjoys constantly learning something new, and helping others do the same.

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