It’s likely fair to say that work-at-home offices are not only here to stay but will continue to be established wherever people dwell. It’s time for full- and part-time work-at-home folks to create efficient, appealing spaces, even if that place is a corner in a guest room.
Many people don’t realize that they don’t need to abandon their thrifty ways to boost their rooms’ cool and their own productivity. We’ve found 15 highly rated gadgets, devices, decor and furniture that are bound to appeal to almost anyone.
15 Clever Things That Make Work From Home Life Better
You deserve a work-at-home space you look forward to visiting. The 15 products below are sure to boost your mood, add to your creativity and just keep things humming along. As always, the prices listed may fluctuate over time.
Go ahead and admit that you spend some (ok, maybe most) of your workday on the couch or in your favorite easy chair. So make yourself as comfortable as possible when you’re there. Set your 13.75-inch by 17.75-inch LapGear Designer Lap Desk with the conforming cushion (choose from among seven colors/patterns!) against your legs for comfort and protection from nasty burns from an overheated computer. The hard area where you set your desk has a built-in edge to ensure your computer doesn’t slide off. There’s even a phone slot. Now you can take your couch and chair workplaces to the next level.
Speaking of sitting, working from home makes many of us feel as if we’re glued to a chair (or couch!) all day. If you think a standing desk isn’t right for you, you likely haven’t tried the Jarvis L-Shaped Standing Desk. The difference between this and its competitors is that the Jarvis fits your work style.
First, the desk is L-shaped, so you have plenty of room to spread out your work. It’s also very stable due to upper and lower crossbars and lifting columns that widen toward the body. And the one-touch height adjustment means you don’t need to waste valuable time fumbling to lift or lower it. Jarvis desktops are made from sustainable bamboo and are available in right- or left-facing configurations. Choose the size and color that fits your lifestyle.
Yes, you’ll find mattresses, pillows and even bed frames at Purple, but work-at-home types should pay attention to Purple Double Seat Cushion. Set it in your office chair and work in comfort for eight hours or more. It’s made with two layers of “Purple Grid,” a hand-washable material that cradles your tailbone, is temperature neutral and makes the cushion last for a long time. It’s covered in a removable, washable cover so you can keep it fresh. The cover even has “grab-and-go” handles so you can take it where it’s needed.
If you’re an iPhone, or AirPods Pro, user you don’t want to miss Satechi Aluminum Type-C Wireless Charger that also works with Samsung and Android phones up to 10W. The wireless charger has a sleek, aluminum finish and an LED indicator light shows when it’s in use. It’s fast, reliable and adds an extra bit of style to your at-home workplace.
Ever look closely at your keyboard? We didn’t either because the crevices were often filled with dust, dirt and who-knows-what-else? We tried ColorCoral Universal Dust Cleaner, and now we look without fear or disgust—yes, the keyboards are that clean. All you do is take the gel, roll it into a ball and press it onto the keyboard—no more yuck. You can use this gel on car vents and deep, hard-to-reach surfaces, too. It doesn’t leave residue and can be used numerous times.
The FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0 means you can work and still get in that cardiovascular exercise you crave. It even has resistance bands that allow you to stretch those aching arm and back muscles as you ride. Worried it will be uncomfortable to work and ride? Fear not. As you ride, a massage roller comforts your back, and you adjust the bike’s resistance with the simple twist of a knob.
The bike measures 26 inches by 16 inches by 45 inches and comes with a tablet holder with an easy-tilt top and an easy-access storage drawer. It’s quiet, so you can talk on the telephone or Zoom without everyone knowing you’re riding a bike. It also tracks resistance, calories, time and mileage. When not in use, fold the 47-pound bike for easy storage.
Many of us have looked at ourselves on Zoom and other video calls and been horrified by our image. The low camera angles on laptops make many of us look, well, older and slumped. Fellowes Smart Suites Laptop Riser is a budget-friendly tool that boosts your laptop. Choose heights from 6 3/8 inches to 7 1/2 inches, so you not only look better but your posture is corrected. That likely equals fewer backaches and arm craps. The 10.63 inch by 13.13 inch by 7.5 inches fits neatly on a desk and gives you a dedicated accessory try and a four-port 2.0 USB hub that’s vented to aid cooling. Convenience never made you look so good.
You may rightfully think that a power strip isn’t a clever product, and we won’t argue about that. What we do know is that if there’s a power surge that fries your computer, printer, phone, lamp and other electronics, you’ll wish you had invested in one.
This highly rated Tripp Lite Surge Protector Power Strip is 6 feet long and boasts six outlets and a LED light that shows the strip is protecting your devices. That’s clever!
Office chairs are great until you realize they scrape and scar your expensive hardwood floors. And who wants to pay for carpeting or add an area rug that can scrunch up at the most inconvenient time. Ablegrid Floor Mat For Hard Wood Floors is a budget-friendly, highly effective way to protect your floors while enjoying a chair with wheels. Even though you’re not gaming (at least during work hours, right?), the bright blue or red color (you choose!) of this mat is sure to boost the look of your office and lessen the noise as you swivel on casters. The sewn edges keep the 25-inch by 45-inch by .16-inch mat from curling.
Many of us, especially those of a certain age, spend precious time searching their office for our second pair of glasses. The About Face Eyeglasses Holder cleverly keeps them front-and-center. The holder is a hand-carved shisham wood figure. It measures 5.75 inches by 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches, so it doesn’t hog precious space as it makes an eye-catching statement.
No matter how business-like you try to be, all of us slip from time to time. Why not add some cheerful decor to your home office that’s also a reminder to see, hear and speak no evil? That’s just what the Winston Porter Monkey Trio does while adding a dose of whimsey to your workday. It measures just 5 inches by 7 inches by 3.5 inches but weighs 3 pounds so that it won’t tip over.
Yes, you have your digital watches and computers and phones and more, but why not have some fun as you check out the time, so you’re not late for that next Zoom meeting? Kit-Cat Klok Gentlemen is a plastic working clock (runs on two C batteries) with plenty of whimsy attached. The Kit Kat measures 15.5 inches ear to tail and features rolling eyes, a wagging tail and a big, happy grin. Does it look familiar? This clock is a vintage piece, first manufactured in 1932. It’s available in classic black and white and eight other colors. We think this is one great example of how vintage just might beat out contemporary competitors.
Add more color to your workday with Post-it Super Sticky Notes Holder Cube. This 3- inch by 3-inch holder holds six pads of six different colors. Grab the color that best suits your mood. And, of course, it’s refillable.
Just because you work at home doesn’t mean you should spend your time sitting in a less-than-comfy chair. The PU leather upholstered, contemporary styled Wrought Studio Penkridge Task Chair has an arched backrest for lumbar support, hooded casters for swift mobility and a lever-operated pneumatic life column. Dimensions are 22.8 inches by 23.62 inches. Choose from among six colors. The chair holds up to 200 pounds.
Let’s be honest, no matter how much we stretch, working on computers can leave the best of us with sore necks and backs. That’s why Sharper Image Heated Neck Wrap Massager is a must-have. Use the push-button control to operate the heated, massaging nodes that soothe your aching muscles. It runs for three hours at a time after charging for 30 minutes. Takes some of the stress out of your workday with this massager.
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