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Desk - but if you have a particular space you need to fill (and don't have pallets handy) then can be hard to get the right size. We ended up finding some kitchen tables from Ikea which were perfect for us (and a hell of a lot cheaper).
Chair.
If you're going to be putting your home office in a carpeted room, you might want something to stop you knackering the carpet. Can I suggest the Ikea Kolon? Added advantage - you can claim to have been sitting on your bum all day. HAHA.
Enough plug sockets nearby.
A monitor so you're not trying to do everything on a little laptop screen.
Printer?
Our work demanded that we had a lockable cabinet and a shredder too.

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hadn't considered a monitor - but that's spot on.
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A window to stare out of.

An annoying colleague who keeps popping over and interrupting you!

A blooming comfy, fully adjustable chair with arm rests
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Plug in air freshener. You're going to be in there.

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A plant. Soothing clean air. (See first point)
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A stock of chocolate bars.

A coffee machine that makes 'coffee' that tastes like dishwater.

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Give yourself plenty of work surface.

We did a home office/study this time last year. Looks a bleddy treat with fitted shelves, cupboards etc but the area designated as "desk" hasn't ended up being big enough. And because it's all fitted in we can't do anything about it.

A desktop monitor, keyboard, mouse and somewhere to keep your bits take up a lot of chuffing room so don't skimp like we did.

And as mentioned - the SOCKETS!! - Jebus - I put 4 sockets underneath the desk area but between printer, monitor/PC (iMac), phone charger and (in our case) a plug in Ethernet extender - and we are full. On the other wall we have the boys PS4 and TV and an Apple TV box and the OTHER wall we have the answerphone, router and Ethernet extender plugged in there too. That's 10 devices...... Hence the pigging space you need! (the shredder and daughter 2s electronic keyboard are in there too but have to swap in and out with other stuff as needed).

Oh and all those cables.... *sigh*
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hadn't considered a monitor - but that's spot on.
On the same ergonomics basis, a proper keyboard and mouse are a big improvement on using the laptop controls.

I have my laptop opened beneath the monitor too, so I can have it as a second screen. Can be very handy.

Oh, don't forget a "You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps" poster.
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Here's a pic of two of our home office when we first went home based, and then the improved version when we moved house.

That 3rd desk which we can both spread out on to a little is a big improvement, although we coped OK before. I just had to be super tidy (because I drew the short straw and had the printer on my desk).
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As I walked past the french doors looking into our study I noticed another issue with it.....

It's always full of bastid kids
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Every home office needs a dog, of course.
Do you use the whiteboard for debriefing the dog on his walking performance?
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If your desk at work is the right size, measure it and see if it fits, then track down something similar for at home. I have a desk big enough for 2x24" widescreen monitors, an A3 All-in-one and wireless mouse/keyboard. Underneath is the big tower (quieter and faster than a laptop) and a NAS box. I have too much stuff I need to tidy but there is plenty of stretch space, and I bring home my wrist wrest cushion as an elbow rest. There is also a separate drawer unit. The vast majority of my work is IT-based so I don't need space for files etc. so consider what you need around you/access to. Consider the light on the screen and avoid any glare. You need natural light available if possible. A door to close off the rest of the house, access to a nice bean to cup coffee machine. Oh and ensure the temperature/ventilation works for you.

I got a Dams Maestro that is perfect for me - not the cheapest option but built to last for what I need. Oh and a comfortable, supportive chair.
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The thing that I don't have in my home office (that I really need to address one of these day) is proper lighting.

More desk space would also be nice, which is kind of a laugh if you see just how much desktop real estate I actually have. The problem is, however, that I've got non-office related stuff that needs a place and sadly, my desk is the only suitable location.

More room for files would be helpful. More shelving would also be great.

The one issue I've run into a few times is that because this isn't strictly an office, the decor isn't really officey. While I personally don't care the vast majority of the time, I have found a couple of times when I've been forced to be involved in video/Skype calls, I've had to relocate to to a different room with a much more neutral background.

As people have said, make sure you've got plenty of outlets and that they're located in places that are actually useful and accessible.

While bazza mentioned not ruining the carpeting, you also have to worry about not ruining the hardwood flooring (or other type of non-carpeted flooring like tile). Sadly, I didn't take this lesson to heart soon enough, and the hardwood under my chair definitely shows more wear than the rest of the floor. I've got a run now, but the damage is done.
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We got Ikea Markuses. Markusii. Markusus?

Anyway.

They're comfy enough in my opinion. If you do any searching online though, the recommendation you always see is a refurbished Herman Miller off eBay.
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The comfiest office chair I've ever sat in (not necessarily the best ergonomically mind you, or in terms of quality) was a Staples Kashmir. Named after an awesome song too.
But they've stopped doing them, and the chair I bought last year from Office World which is supposed to be pretty much the same is a pale imitation.
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I'm gonna make a desk out of some plywood and a set of hairpin legs off tinternet. I can ensure it fits the little bedroom,and the hairpins ensure there is plenty of legroom, and it looks airy. I've got a single socket at the wrong end of the room, so something is needed there. I'll be using a surface pro, and a monitor/mouse/keyboard as suggested by Gazza. will need phone charger stuff, and might also put a usb fan in there. Inspirational wall art also.
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I don't think it's been mentioned but what about separate phone, internet, wifi and networking....unless you intend to use your home setup?
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If it's your own business don't forget to tell your accountant so you can claim home office allowance..
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