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    24 Things To Upgrade Your Home Office In Honor Of Back-To-School Season

    Turn your home office into the desk you dreamed of but that Mrs. Hatch never let you put in her classroom.

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    1. An adjustable standing desk for anyone who never dared raise their hand in class but will happily take a stand now that they're getting paid for it.


    Promising review: "This desk is exactly what I needed for my home office. I love the presets, it's very smooth and pretty fast. I find myself standing for almost half my day now. I have my monitors mounted and it still seems very stable." —Eric Detweiler

    Get it from Amazon for $238.87.

    2. A hanging wall file that's sure to keep you even more organized than your AP art teacher did, no matter how often your creative mind still seems to be bouncing off the walls.


    Promising review: "This is an EXCEPTIONAL product and beautifully streamlined for filing in areas with limited space. Such a beautiful alternative to bulky file cabinets. The system is very well constructed with quality materials, easy to mount, and very convenient to use. Just lift the vertical bracket above the file you need, and... VOILA ! You have easy access to the file you need. I love this product and have ordered three of them for my small loft." —Therese Desormeaux

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in four styles).

    3. An aluminum laptop stand that'll be an A+ way to lift your computer *and* the look of your home office.


    Promising review: "This is elegant, sturdy, easy to transport, and the perfect height. I use it daily with a 15" Mac laptop and love it. The extra height has helped a lot with the neck problems I was having before from looking down at a laptop for hours on end. The little rubber grips keep everything steady. At least once a week a stranger asks me where I got it (I work in coffee shops a lot). There are other (and cheaper) laptop stands out there but they're for the most part pretty ugly and unwieldy. I realize looks aren't everything, but since I use it so much I'd rather look at something pleasant or at least unobtrusive. This silver aluminum stand is really beautifully designed and worth every penny. I'm sure I'll have it for many years." —Dana Scully

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in three colors).

    4. A Dyson table fan that's sure to help keep you cool when you feel the pressure of a deadline blowing in.


    Promising review: "Truly remarkable. I can't have noise in my home office. We were having a sweltering summer and I had to keep my ceiling fan off. A standing fan was too loud, a desk top fan was too loud, but this fan is stellar. I can place it high and rotate it to cool down an entire small room or keep it stationary on the floor to blow directly on me. It's the most efficient fan I’ve ever owned. It has 10 speeds and it’s also quietest fan I’ve ever owned. It looks cool too. Worth the splurge!" Yet another Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A framed chalkboard that'll give your office some darling dorm room vibes while making taking notes, saving dates, or writing inspirational messages easy as ever.


    Promising review: "I wanted a board in my office where I could write on and post important flyers but I didn’t want a dry erase board. This is such a beautiful board that meets my needs. It is a perfect addition to my office. It's sturdy and beautiful." —Viv

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors and three sizes).

    6. A brown leather desk chair – a serious step up from the plastic chairs that were at your university, so you can live the life of luxury even when you have to work for a living.


    Promising review: "This modern, 360 degree swivel office chair is perfect for a home office. It's a sleek piece of furniture and pretty comfortable for long periods of time. It's both solid, sturdy, and easy to put together. I'm happy with my purchase." —Feng

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    7. Or a tufted one that's gonna give your space a soft touch when you're working through hard deadlines.


    Promising review: "This is a fantastic chair. It gave my office the look I was trying to achieve. Very comfortable. It's the perfect chair!" —CB

    Get it from Amazon for $188 (available in four colors).

    8. An all-in-one printer, scanner, and copier for making your studio apartment far more efficient than the FedEx near campus you basically lived in Junior year.


    Promising review: "My husband bought this printer for work. He works from home, so I've been able to use it frequently as well and so far I'm loving it. I love the borderless printing option, it really does print all the way to the edge of the paper with excellent quality. The ink is super easy to load, and will save us a bundle of money over the life of the printer. You get a LOT of ink! The scanner is so good! We were both impressed with how well and clear the scanned images are. Same with the copier. I have no complaints whatsoever about this product and would absolutely recommend it without hesitation. Once you have it set up, everything is very easy to use. The printer basically walks you through everything. If you can read, you can use this printer. I've been at my parents house over 100 miles away and can print things as if I were at home where the printer is. My only regret is not buying it years ago." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99.

    9. A bunny lamp that'll brighten your day when you're on the ~tail~ end of a project and need some silly inspiration.


    Promising review: "This is perfect! It's shiny, works beautifully, and I LOVE the packaging it came in! Five stars." —Jenny

    Get it from Amazon for $54.98.

    10. A customized embosser to make your office library personalized and particularly im-press-ive when you finally get to own books you won't sell back at the end of the semester.


    Promising review: "This was a surprise for my spouse. It arrived sooner than expected, and it's a big hit. I ordered adhesive gold foil stamps which can easily be embossed and then placed on the page. If you want to forego the stamps, the design looks great on the page as well." —jamesosews

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    11. And a contemporary bookcase so you can display your favorite novels while writing your own.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a nice, modern looking, white bookshelf and chose this one. I am glad I did. The assembly process was fairly straight forward and took me a little over an hour. It's a pretty good size piece of furniture and ultimately will require two people to move into position. It arrived in one box (has a bit of weight to it) and was very well packaged. If you're looking for an out of the ordinary bookshelf, this is nice." —Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $210.68 (available in two colors).

    12. Or an abstract bookcase if you don't have a ton of books, but still wanna work in a creative space with a striking style.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this bookshelf. I was worried that it would be flimsy but the vertical supports are made of metal, so it actually holds a lot. I have a ton of books on mine AND a three gallon fish tank and it's still holding steady." —Joy Houston

    Get it from Amazon for $135.48+ (available in two colors).

    13. A paper shredder that'll help dispose of paid bills, old credit cards, even CDs. Because it's finally time to clean out your car and tell your high school sweetheart's mixes "bye bye bye."


    This also has a reverse function to clear jams and protect it from overheating.

    Promising review: "I am *impressed* with this little shredder. We had several months backlog after unexpectedly having to cancel our quarterly shred service. I was expecting to spend hours catching up. Boy, was I wrong! This little dude ate envelopes full of credit offers, balance transfers, and every other annoying POS junk mail we get. I got through it all, including one time to empty it, in less than an hour. Never jammed, never overheated. I can't say enough good things about this little guy! Just buy it!" —Jenna H

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in four types with different paper-shredding abilities).

    14. A marble step trash can so that even the bad ideas that *do* come from your brainstorms can end up somewhere beautiful.

    Urban Outfitters

    Mr. Dearden was wrong. Brainstorms are almost nothing but bad ideas.

    Promising review: "This came as pictured and I've had no problems. It's cute!" —Miriam Mac

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24.

    15. A Baron Fig rollerball pen for making your sketches and designs as silky smooth as the excuses you came up with after missing class for a week.

    Baron Fig

    This was our top-tier choice for best writing pens on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Baron Fig for $55 (available in five colors).

    16. A lovely filing cabinet that'll give you control over stunning storage after years of seeing industrial lockers everywhere you looked.


    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this file cabinet. I put it in a bedroom and it doubles as a night table. It arrived quickly, it was well packaged, and it had good assembly instructions. It took about 90 minutes to assemble. The paint coating is nicely finished and it's plenty sturdy for its intended use. The drawers slide great on the easily installed rollers. This is a well crafted, functional piece." —Howard Brynin

    Get it from Amazon for $76.20+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    17. A sitting ball so you can get on a roll with all the projects heading your way without destroying your posture, something the public school system didn't seem to consider.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a yoga ball to replace my office chair. I was close to purchasing the yoga ball chairs, but was really turned off by the appearance. I'm not a big fan of the plastic cradle, just doesn't do it for me. I came across this and I am so glad I did. The felt material is modern and very well made. I also love that I have the flexibility and mobility to twist and roll while I'm sitting, something I would not be able to do with the yoga ball chair. Very pleased with my purchase." —A. Minton

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in 11 colors and two sizes).

    18. A fancy paper weight — a useful desk accessory that's gonna be a true gem to have on hand.


    Get it from Amazon for $36.30 (available in two colors and four sizes).

    19. A hand-crafted ceramic essential oil diffuser so you can cover up the smell of your coworker/roommate (who just happens to be a bulldog) and breathe easy when your landlord comes over and says, "That's a dog...gone beautiful diffuser you have there!"


    Promising review: "After researching, this diffuser cost a little more than others, but the design and quality more than justified the price difference. I've seen other diffusers and they are all plastic and feel/look cheaply made. The Vitruvi model really is stone, which adds value and appeal to my whole apartment. Also, it's smaller than other brands out there, so fits in well as an accessory. We ordered the peppermint oil and the diffuser worked great in our home. Great product and would recommend!" —Deanna

    Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in three colors).

    20. An Eiffel tower blade letter opener — a clever piece of desk decor that's sure to be worth writing home about... which is something you must be doing if you feel the need to own a letter opener.


    Promising review: "This is much heavier and sturdier than expected. It has pretty details. I love that there is print on the blade." —The Ward Zoo

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    21. A faux cowhide rug for cowpokes who went to school in Montana and end up stuck in the city after graduation. Thanks a lot, advertising major.


    Promising review: "I grew up on a cattle/horse ranch and have had real hides in the past. They are heavy and time-consuming to properly care for. This one is a very nice. It's a realistic synthetic, which I prefer these days, but good ones aren't so easy to come by. When you unpack it, there will be fold creases, as there are often in real ones that have been folded. They did a good job by putting the main fold down the center, which is realistic in a true cowhide. Just put it on the floor and let it smooth out. I would spot clean it, and vigorously shake it out as I would with a real one. I would hate to see it loose its realistic appeal by washing it!! I hope this helps whomever else buys one of these. The pattern was just like in the picture." —Victoria

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A Kodak photo printer that'll give you professional-quality prints right at home, from your phone. Your sorority sisters may live on the other side of the country now, but that doesn't mean you can't still see their smiling faces every day!

    Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

    The Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi photo printer is compatible with iOS and Android, and prints photos directly from your phone's camera roll. (It can also print from your iPad, USB stick, and digital camera.) Once you've set up the printer with the photo cartridge and paper, which is super easy and takes just a few minutes, all you need to do is download the free Kodak Photo Printer app. Plug your phone, then via the app choose what photo you'd like to print, and watch it do its magic. The photo passes through four times, laying down different colors, until the image is compete, and let me tell you: I was seriously impressed with the quality rendered! If you're in the market for quality photos you can print right at home, I highly recommend this fab little printer! —Emmy Favilla

    Get it from Amazon for $137.99.

    23. A geometric grid panel to keep the photos, notes, and trinkets that accumulate in your office in a stunning spot you're gonna want to ~hang~ onto forever.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect size for my office wall space (it would also look great in a cubicle) and comes with four gold clips and four tiny wood clothespins. It's a fun geometric accent that works like a bulletin board, but it's more classy." —Rachel Royer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (available in three colors).

    24. And finally, a dolphin throw blanket you can leave on your desk when you need a little friend *and* wrap around yourself when you want to cozy up and appreciate the moments when life after school is going swimmingly.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.99.

    When you realize the place where you work needs some... work:


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