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Adjustable Desks, Headphones, and Other Ways to Make Working from Home Easier
More people than ever are working from home due to the Covid-19 crisis, and the trend doesn’t show any sign of stopping yet. As we wait for a vaccine for Coronavirus and a return to normalcy, many of us are stuck working at home. And when you don’t normally have an office or work set-up, it can be quite frustrating to find the right way for you. We’re here with our picks to help you create a system that works for you whether you work from home in a studio, house, loft, or just a bedroom. All of these work from home accessories are available on Amazon and will help you make sure you can work as comfortably as possible in these trying times.
Sofia+ Sam Multi Tasking Laptop Desk
So you don’t have a desk to work from home? No problem! Get a lap desk that will turn your bed into a work command center. This lapdesk is ideal for working, eating, reading, and anything else, sized for 13” and 15” laptops. Adjust to the perfect viewing angle and work in comfort for hours. The desk only weighs 5.5 lbs and can stand 9” when legs are fully extended. There’s even a built-in mouse pad, plus a ridge at the bottom keeps your computer from sliding off.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
We’ve already shared our picks for the best wireless headphones under $100, but if you’re working from home with kids, you need a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. We’re a big fan of the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. Offering 40 hours of non-stop playtime, they’re perfect for call after call and will deliver them in crystal clear audio thanks to the four microphones. Up to 90% of low and mid-frequency sounds are removed from your environment, so you won’t have to hear those episodes of Sesame Street looping in the background. There’s also an included AUX cable so you can listen in wired mode when you’re short on a charge. Best of all, they’re comfortable to wear and have a design that fits your ears well. When you’re ready to listen to some music instead of a work call, hit the BassUp button on the headphones to get 100% bass.
UNICOO Height Adjustable Sit Stand Workstation, Mobile Standing Desk
Missing your standing desk? Yeah, me too. I typically use a standing desk in my office, but I have to get creative now that I’m working from home. I’ve chosen to purchase an ergonomic standing desk that won’t take up much space but still is functional. The UNICOO Mobile Standing Desk can be moved to any corner of the house or apartment, and I get to take my work where there’s, well, room. Adjustable from 28.3 inches to 44 inches, it goes from a sitting position to standing. The handsome design features MDF and steel for durability to hold up all of your typing, plus you can lock the wheels to stay in place.
Zinus Jennifer Modern Studio Collection Soho Rectangular Dining Table and Desk
As the owner of a Zinius bed frame, I’m disappointed I never invested in a Zinus desk, but I didn’t have the space. Regardless, the Zinus Jennifer Modern Studio Collection Soho Rectangular Dining Table and Desk is a great pick. The modern design lets it fit in any nearly design scheme or style and it comes in 3 heights plus 3 color options. You can assemble this desk in less than 20 minutes and then you’ll be working from home in style.
BestOffice Ergonomic Desk Chair Adjustable
Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or already had a comprehensive desk setup at home, you probably don’t have the best computer chair. Spending a few hours on a hard kitchen chair can make you miserable and sore, so it’s time to invest in a decent desk chair. A good desk chair for working from home needs to be ergonomically designed and offer adequate support for your back. An option like the BestOffice Ergonomic Desk Chair features lumbar support, something that’s needed if you’re going to spend 6+ hours in front of a computer. It’s designed with mesh so that you don’t get overheated and offers quick assembly in under 15 minutes. A 360-degree wheel axis lets you turn any which way and the adjustable height can fit nearly any frame.
Tessan Power Strip Tower
When you’re working from home, you’re often plugging in all kinds of things: your phone, your computer, your printer, lights, etc. Make sure that you have your devices receiving the power they need with a Tessan Power Strip Tower. This power tower features 8 AC outlets plus USB ports (1250W ~ 125V / 2500W ~ 250V. 4 USB charger). You’ll be able to charge your iPad, Kindle, laptop, phone, and anything else you need for the long day ahead. The built-in circuit breaker protects your devices from a power surge, and cuts off charging when a surge is detected. You can also save energy when only a few outlets are in use, as the Tessan Power Strip Tower offers 2 switches to control front and back outlets. Finally, the outlets are designed with 1.5 inches in between to accommodate cords of various widths and sizes. And if your space lacks a lot of outlets, and you need to be across the room, don’t worry, because the power strip tower comes with a 10-foot long extension cord. One of the best parts of the Tessan Power Strip Tower is its simple design, so you can place it on a table, a desk, a kitchen counter, or anywhere else where there’s a wall outlet.
French Koko Large Desk Mouse Pad
Working from home on the kitchen table can put scratches and dents in the wood, and it’s often hard for a mouse to move along these surfaces. Make your space look pretty and functional with a desk blotter. Featuring an array of beautiful designs, this large desk protector is perfect for work or gaming. The desk pad comes in a variety of designs and measures 31 x 15. Constructed of durable eco-friendly rubber and cloth, it’s easy to clean and wipes off. Choose from a dreamy marble pattern, a modern geometric design, or one of several florals.
When working from home, good WiFi is a must. There are a number of WiFi extenders on the market and we’ve even written about a few, such as the Deco Home WiFi System. If you want to keep up with your Zoom calls, Skype chats, and anything else, you need a great WiFi signal. Unfortunately, not every home can offer strong WiFi signals in every room. Investing in a WiFi extender is a smart decision even if you aren’t working from home, because it lets you enhance your Wifi signal radius so you can work or stream your favorite shows while in the backyard. There are multiple options for your WiFi network and your budget. The Netgear EX 3700, for example, will cover up to 1,000 square feet and 15 devices. TP-Link N300 has a smaller radius, but still offers up to 800 square feet of coverage. Some, like the Galaway G1208 WiFi Extender, also feature ethernet ports.
While you fill your cart with everything you need for working from home, why not add some other good buys, such as a HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 inch desktop PC, or anything else in our Stuff You Want picks.