Remote workers are quite good at being productive with only the essential supplies: laptop, Wi-Fi connection, good to go. But if you are spending most days in your home office, it’s nice to have more than the bare necessities. These eight ideas will take your remote workspace from essential to extraordinary.
Based on reader ideas and additional research, we’ve compiled this list of ways to take your home office to the next level. Below are eight of the best-reviewed products, so you don’t have to waste time researching.
Create a next-level home office with these eight items:
By now we’re all well aware that working while standing is better than working while sitting. But what’s even better than that? Working while walking. Treadmill desks allow people to work while walking at a very slow pace (or faster if you’re up for a challenge!), so that after just a few hours each day, you may walk an extra six miles or more.
- LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk ($1,499): Amazon’s highest-rated treadmill desk may not have a snazzy name, but it does come with a 38-inch work surface and bluetooth capabilities to track your progress over time on an iPhone or Android device.
Adjustable-Height Standing Desks
Did you know you can convert your existing desk into a standing desk? And we’re not just talking about the stack of cardboard boxes you may already be using. This stylish alternative makes raising and lowering your desktop a breeze.
- VARIDESK 49900 ($395): Probably the best-known standing desk brand, the VERIDESK adjustable-height standing desk is one of the few to come in several different colors: black, butcher block, darkwood, and white. If matching your current home office decor is important, then this is the option for you.
Home Office Chair Alternatives
Office chairs are comfortable, but not exactly stylish or good for your health. As it turns out, there are healthier options available:
- Safco Zenergy Ball Chair ($124): Love the idea of an exercise ball chair but don’t love the look? This eye-catching alternative is rated 4.4 stars on Amazon and comes in eight different colors, from classic gray or black to colorful orange, crimson, and grass.
Heated and Massaging Seat Pads
Turn your current office chair into a heated massage chair and feel like you’re working from the spa.
- Belmint Massaging Seat Cushion ($70): This cushion pairs well with most chairs in your home, and offers heat, vibration, shiatsu rolling massage, and customizable massage programs.
If you’re spending hours upon hours in your home office each week, creating a healthy atmosphere is vital to your own health. One way to do that? Invest in a high-quality air purifier. Be sure to pay attention to the square footage covered by each so you get the right size for your home office space.
- GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Purifier ($85): With over 7,400 reviews, this “Amazon’s Choice” air purifier helps filter out mold, dust, germs, and all sorts of other nasty things within a 150-square foot room.
Anti-Fatigue Foot Rests
Whether you’re sitting or standing, a foot rest is designed to keep you comfortable without taking up much space.
- Rest My Sole Ergonomic Footrest ($27): Most of the under-desk foot rests on the market are made of harder plastic, but this plush version is a great alternative for remote workers who don’t wear shoes, well, ever.
While natural light is wonderful in a home office, we’re not all lucky enough to have a bank of windows near our desk—or to live in climates where sunshine is abundant every day. To make sure you have enough light at your desk, no matter what time of day or which climate you’re working in, try this:
- Lightblade 1500S by Lumiy ($70): The pivoting head, brightness control, and color temperature adjustments on this lamp make it a solid choice, with 87% of reviewers giving it five stars.
Do you work best with some relaxing background music? Perhaps you feel motivated by more upbeat tunes? Whatever the case, you may want to invest in a great speaker.
- Sonos Play Compact Wireless Speaker ($149): The Sonos Compact Wireless Speaker can sync to your phone or Alexa device, takes up very little room, and is known for its high-quality sound.
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