Whether you’ve been working from home for a while or are a total newbie to WFH life, the adjustment from an office building to your home office can be a big one. While things like mapping out a daily schedule and figuring out how to coexist with family and roommates during office hours are important, the first step to a successful home/work balance is creating the ultimate workspace. We’re talking desk essentials, tech accessories you probably can’t live without and items that will attempt to keep you calm. Here are the seven best work from home upgrades. Let’s get shopping!
1. Best Portable Monitor: ASUS ZenScreen
Missing that second monitor? Looking for an easy way to see all those tabs without taking up valuable real-estate on your home office desk? The ASUS ZenScreen portable monitor might be just what you’re looking for. Lightweight and compact, this tablet-like monitor can be set up anywhere and features a rotating stand that lets you pick the viewing mode: portrait or landscape. Best of all, with its built-in eye care technology, your peepers won’t feel fatigued after eight hours of staring at a screen.
2. Best Mug Warmer: BESTINNKITS Gravity-Induction Mug Warmer
It’s a fact: No one likes a cup of coffee that’s gone cold. Keep your cup (whether it’s housing your favorite dark roast or a delicious tea blend) hot all day long with a mug warmer. When you feel your beverage cooling down, simply place your mug in the center of this device and let gravity do the work. A weighted sensor will turn the warmer on and voilá! No more cold coffee!
3. Best Stand Up Desk Convertor: RIF6 Adjustable Height Standing Desk Converter
One of the downsides of working from home is how sedentary it can make you. Give yourself (and your work station) a boost with a standing desk converter. It can turn any surface into a standing desk; simply lift the workstation to adjust it to your preferred height. Complete with a beveled edge keyboard tray and enough room for your computer and a monitor, this is one essential you can be sure we're adding to our cart today.
4. Best Under Desk Elliptical: DeskCycle
If standing desks aren’t your thing, there’s another way to get your blood pumping (that has nothing to do with rushing to get those expense reports done). An Amazon Choice best-seller, the DeskCycle has legions of devoted fans for a reason. An easy way to burn calories during your nine-to-five, this under desk elliptical features eight resistance settings and a quiet operation for a distraction-free cardio session.
5. Best Timer: TimeCube
Ask anyone whose ever worked from home what the hardest part of it is and you’re bound to hear two words: time management. With distractions abound (and no one but you keep yourself accountable) having something to help, like the TimeCube, is essential. Great for everything from monitoring how long you’ve been working on a project to how long you’ve been enjoying that break, simply flip this block to the time you want to track (it comes with five, 10, 25 and 45 minute intervals) and you’re on your way to a more efficient day.
6. Best Laptop Lap Desk: LapGear Home Office Lap Desk
While working at a desk or a table is always preferred, let’s face it: there are days where it’s going to be damn near impossible to separate you from your couch. Stay productive and comfortable with a laptop lap desk like this one from LapGear. With a supportive cushion, a slot for your phone, and built-in mouse pad, what’s not to love?
7. Best Wireless Printer: HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean the paperwork stops. Make sure you’re still able send out all those important documents with a wireless printer, like this one from HP. Offering more than just printing capabilities, the OfficeJet 3830 comes with a built-in scanner for easy copies and computer transfers, a fax function and AirPrint connection for printing from any device.