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    34 Products People Who Work From Home Actually Use

    Tried-and -rue products reviewers who work from home swear by.

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    1. A bamboo two-tier monitor stand that not only brings your computer to a better height (to help you avoid neck and eye strain) but also has convenient storage space for the random things on your desk.

    Reviewer pic of the bamboo monitor stand on a desk with the lower shelf, five compartments, and a groove for a cellphone and pen filled with office supplies
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    Plus, the side compartments are adjustable, meaning you can make it work for whatever supplies you have.

    Promising review: "I ordered this monitor stand because I've recently been relegated to the dining room for work from home. All I have is a Microsoft Surface Pro, so no external monitor or anything. To get the screen at a proper ergonomic height I had to put the computer on a shoebox, which rendered the type cover useless. The table was completely cluttered and every time it was needed for something besides my office, I had to move everything piece by piece. Today my monitor stand arrived. It took me all of 10 minutes to assemble. The directions were clear and easy to understand, and it came with all the necessary hardware. It's sturdy and solid, and has room for everything I need to have at the desk with me. I can even keep my tea someplace where it's unlikely to get knocked over or bumped into. If I need to move things off the table, I can just pick up the whole thing and get it out of the way. It also looks nicer than I expected it to. I'm very pleased with this purchase." —J.C.

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    2. Or an adjustable wood shelf to put next to your computer and keep any books or materials you need close by and at the ready.

    The shelf in black with books organized in two shelves on the right and small plants, a clock, and other trinkets in shelves on the left
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    Promising review: "I needed some extra shelf space for my home office, especially now that we are working from home for the rest of the year. This was so so simple to set up and holds everything I need without any issues. You can also assemble it as you please which is a great feature!" —TanzA

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in four colors).

    3. A USB-powered cooling pad for anyone whose laptop starts to sounds like a plane is taking off after working for, oh, approximately five minutes. This gadget has three fans in it to keep your computer calm, cool, and collected, so you can get your work done without much of a hassle.

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    Promising review: "Best purchase I have made in years. Only had it two days, but the first words out of my mouth to my wife were, 'I can work for hours like this.' If you work from home and like to work on the couch, recliner, breakfast nook, patio, etc, and you have your computer in your lap, this is an absolute must-have. Not only does it keep your legs and lap cool, but it also keeps your computer cool and able to process much more efficiently." —Trent Thiel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors).

    4. A wall charger with six outlets *and* two USB fast-charging ports to keep all your devices and accessories at 100% and not die in the middle of that team meeting.

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    Promising review: "I work from home in a small apartment, and this really made my setup work the way I want it to. I need to use all six plugs, plus I like to keep my phone and Mi-Fi charging while working, too. This was the perfect thing for me to get everything plugged in and essentially retrofitted into a built-in apartment wall desk setup that was intended for the large desktop towers of the late '90s. I’m ordering a second one in hopes it transforms another part of my weird floor plan. Bonus: The USB ports seem to fast-charge my iPhone XS Max. I can go from dead to fully charged in about 90 minutes." —Moose

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    5. A Rocketbook smart–reusable notebook that takes your handwritten notes and makes them digital so when your boss asks for a recap of that meeting in your one-on-one, you can send it as an attachment and look super on top of everything.

    Reviewer pic of the notebook open on a desk with notes neatly written on either side and two pens sitting next to it
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    Promising review: "Why did I not know about this before now??? I am a travel agent working from home and take loads of notes. I am so happy to be able to scan phone call notes with clients into their trip records! If they do not book right away I can scan and save notes to another file and retrieve them without leafing through a load of paper! Woo-hoo! I can see so many uses for this product for just about anyone who takes notes or even journals regularly. I see that new version was introduced to the market that has lined pages...which I felt was the only thing lacking." —ellen

    Get it from Amazon for $26.80+ (available in two styles and nine colors).

    6. A sport-brella designed with SPF 50+ and a universal clamp, so it's actually a really great way for you to be able to work outside without your laptop overheating and the sun making it nearly impossible to see the screen.

    Reviewer pic of umbrella in which attached to a chair shading a laptop on a table
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    Promising review: "My husband purchased this umbrella for me as a gift. I work from home and love to work outside, but seeing my laptop screen can be a struggle. This umbrella is perfect for enjoying the outdoors while working. It is adjustable in three points, so you can maneuver it to almost any position you may need. I don't even have to wear a hat to see the screen because it blocks the sun so well." —NYRed

    Get it from Amazon for $21.81 (available in two sizes and eight colors and patterns).

    7. A glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard you can write your important reminders and "I CAN'T FORGET" notes on instead of using scraps of paper.

    Reviewer pic of the long rectangle-shaped whiteboard with groove across the top with markers in it in with a keyboard in front of it
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    The environment will even thank you for reducing your paper use. The whiteboard also comes with a dry-erase marker, accessory channel (to hold the marker), and a storage drawer.

    Promising review: "Never thought something analog would be SO useful in my daily routine. I work from home and am constantly project managing multiple complex strategic projects. Having pertinent information directly in front of me and top of mind has done incredible things for my productivity. Never would have imagined it would make such a difference. For a nominal investment, I highly recommend it if you have trouble keeping up with things."—Captainflapjax

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in seven styles).

    8. A Takeya cold brew maker so you can easily pour yourself a glass at 3 p.m. when you normally might have taken a trip to the nearest coffee shop.

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    Plus, it's so easy to make! Just add 6 tablespoons of your favorite coffee in the filter, fill it with water, and let it sit in your fridge for 24 hours. Then just take the filter out of the pitcher and enjoy your coffee!

    Promising review: "I love this! Working from home, I find this has saved me from going to Dunkin' every day." —Tiffany DL

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes and in black, gray, and white).

    And to learn more, read our full cold brew maker review.

    9. A standing desk converter to turn your desk (or even your kitchen table) into a workspace that works for you.

    A two-tier standing desk in light brown and black on top of an actual desk with a laptop and keyboard on it
    Fully

    Promising review: "When I transitioned to working at home full time, I knew I wanted to find a way to spend less time sitting. This converter is perfect — easy to move up and down, sturdy, and looks great. It's so nice to have the option of sitting or standing throughout the day." —Lyndsey S.

    Get it from Fully for $269.10 (originally $299; available in brown or black).

    10. A folding wall organizer you can put all your important documents in and then grab them when you need them, instead of searching through that pile that's been sitting on your desk for wayyy too long.

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    Promising review: "This is awesome and I love it. I work from home and I’ve been trying to keep my desk free from papers. This thing is awesome! The bottom pocket is large enough for me to store my day planner. I mounted it to the wall with a Command hook and it was easy-peasy! An attractive and functional way to sort and store paper. I love having all the papers I need readily available and visible so it reminds me that they're there, but not they are not overtaking my desk and irritating me." ⁠—Mandy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.40+ (available in seven colors).

    11. A privacy sign great for anyone working from a full house where people like to barge in even when the door is closed.

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    Promising review: "I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: Merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!" —Conscious Consumer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in black and white).

    12. A memory foam chair cushion with a nonslip rubber bottom to ensure you'll be comfortable all day long — it won't move around when you get up every once and a while to stretch your legs (and maybe pet your dog).

    Reviewer pic of the velvet-like cushion on the seat of an office chair
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    Promising review: "I work from home and sit at a desk in front of a computer for a minimum of 10 hours per day. I used to have to get up at least hourly for breaks that never helped to alleviate the 24/7 sciatica pain down my left leg. And long hours at my desk would leave my whole body sore. I've only had this cushion for one day, and my sciatica is barely noticeable, and I woke up today in no pain after using it yesterday. I'm a small person, so I can see how this might not be a good fit for everyone, but for me, it's already had a positive impact. I think because they are just cut foam with gel top and a thin cover that they will probably wear down easily, especially since I sit for so long, but it's a reasonable price and if I get six months at a time out of one, I'll consider that a pretty decent return on my investment. :)" —T. M.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95 (available in two colors).

    13. A selfie ring light for anyone who has found themselves working in less-than-ideal lighting during a marathon of Zoom calls. This small device will make a big difference so everyone can see your beautiful face.

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    Promising review: "I love this light and tripod stand. No, I am not a makeup or selfie influencer, but I do work from home and have found my office lighting is terrible. When I have conference calls it is impossible to not look like I work in a dark closet. I place this light up above my computer and it has been a real game changer for my at-home setup. The lighting options are great, and I love the use of the remote for when I make training videos." —Shannon Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    14. A velvet open-back office chair that'll not only add a sleek and sophisticated look to your office but also be a comfortable place to hang out in for eight hours a day.

    Pink velvet office chair with a rectangle opening in the back and five silver legs with black wheels
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    Promising review: "This is beautiful, easy to put together, and a light but sturdy chair. I love it, and it has already made working from home so much more comfortable." —Hailey

    Get it from Wayfair for $89.99 (available in seven frame colors and six upholstery colors).

    15. A mesh desk organizer with a three-compartment sliding drawer, tray, and five upright sections designed to fit SO much more than you think it can and make your desk feel clean.

    A reviewer's organizer with an assortment of desk supplies inside
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    Promising review: "As a teacher working remotely from home, I needed something to help me organize all of my files, teacher manuals, workbooks, and supplies! Now everything has its place! Not to mention how pretty it looks! Instructions were simple and easy to follow… Assembly only took a couple of minutes!" —Lori R.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.87.

    16. A two-tier folding desk perfect for anyone who doesn't have a ton of room for a desk but still wants a designated workspace. Bonus: This one can be folded up and stashed away easily after the workweek is over.

    Two-tier wood-top desk with black metal crossing legs
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    Promising review: "I ordered this desk in a pinch. I live in Brooklyn in a smaller apartment where I quite frankly have no space to have a freestanding desk with my other furniture. When my company implemented a WFH policy last week, I took a gamble and ordered this desk because 1) I could collapse it and tuck it under my bed when I wasn't using it, and 2) It was spacious and sturdy looking enough to actually do work on. I received it today, and I am beyond pleased. No setup required — quite literally took it from the box, slid it from collapsed to open, and began working on it. I cannot recommend this enough for the price, functionality, and delivery speed!" —Sydney

    Get it from Amazon for $72.99+ (available in two styles and seven colors).

    17. Or a hanging window desk designed to take a window and transform it into a standing desk — one that won't infringe on your space too much. When you live where you work, and work where you live, especially in a small space, you want a desk that won't take over the whole room. This will let you crush your to-do list and then move on. It's called work/life balance.

    A wooden desk hung up by ropes and suction to a window with a laptop on it
    Monkey Business Desk

    BTW — Monkey Business Desk is a Florida-based small biz that has been creating hanging window desks since 2020. 

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I needed — a desk solution for my studio apartment so I can teach remotely without feeling like work will take over the whole place. It's sleek, well made, attaches/detaches like a breeze, and shipped quickly. Communication was a breeze. So, so happy I found this!" —Diana

    Get it from Monkey Business Desk on Etsy for $93 (available in three finishes).

    18. ORRRR A lap desk if you don't have space for a desk at all. Or just want an option that lets you take your desk from the couch to the bed and back again. This one basically has all the cool features — a built-in mouse and wrist pad as well as a phone and tablet holder.

    The lap desk
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    Promising review: "This is a work-from-home game changer. I've been working remotely for most of the last two years, and this has been the single best purchase I've made toward WFH health. I previously used to cycle between my office desk and dining table, but since purchasing this I've been working wherever I want in my house. Anywhere I can be seated I can bring this surface and work. It's lightweight, the two pads are set to give lots of airflow across your lap (though shorts-wearers beware: The fabric may be slightly more coarse than you'd want against bare skin)." —TheWiseTurtle

    Get it from Amazon for $39.78.

    19. A weekly agenda pad designed with space to write down the tasks you have to do each day of the week, so you don't miss a deadline, which will *probably* lead to a promotion by the end of the year.

    The pad
    Ella Iconic / Etsy

    BTW — Ella Iconic is a UK-based small biz specializing in pretty planners and notepads.

    Promising review: "I love the layout and the 'tracker' section. Perfect for my working from home desk." —Lindsey

    Get it from Ella Iconic on Etsy for $14.38.

    20. Or a daily planner if you *really* want to get down to business and focus on what you need to accomplish every day. It has a place for your top priorities, to-do list, appointments, health and fitness, meal planning, accomplishments, and even a place to doodle during your longest meeting. So essentially this will be your new assistant.

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    Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

    Promising review: "These notepads helped me reframe and focus every day working from home during the pandemic. I used to use a daily planner, but working from home changed how I need to plan my work tasks and personal tasks. I found this helpful for both!" —kristenjoann

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A soundproofing strip to help block out all the surrounding noise so your coworkers can actually hear you speak instead of just the neighbor's dog barking.

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    PLUS: This also makes sure that your air-conditioning doesn't escape under your doors, thus saving you energy and money!

    Promising review: "This product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

    22. Or a white-noise machine that'll drown out any unnecessary background noise with a constant pfshhhhhh or nature sound.

    A hand-sized white noise machine on a bedside table
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    This machine has six modes: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. It can run continuously or you can set a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

    Promising review: "As we're all on COVID alert and working from home, I don't have a 'quiet space' from which to work. So I bought this to drown out the sounds of the TV and other every noise at home. Works great. Can just leave it on or switch to the time mode if using it for sleep. The sounds are pretty continuous so you can't easily identify when the loop starts over again." —db

    Get it from Amazon for $22.04+ (available in two colors).

    23. A laptop stand to take your productivity to ~new heights~. JK, we can't guarantee it will do that, but improving your posture and not straining your eyes as much will help you feel better at the end of the day.

    Reviewer pic of the silver laptop stand on a desk with a laptop raised on it
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    Promising review: "This is an absolute game changer now that I am working from home. It helps my posture and the colors match my MacBook Pro almost exactly if you don't hyper-examine it. It does have a little extra shine, but it is still matte. The stand is very sturdy and has quickly become a favorite to use any time I use my Mac." —Denisse Quezada

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90+ (available in two styles and in silver, gold, and gray).

    24. A sunlamp designed to mimic the benefits of sunlight to improve your mood and reset your circadian rhythm, if you work off hours or just can't seem to find time to be outside.

    The rectangle-shaped light sitting on the counter with a pour-over coffee next to it
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    Promising review: "I work from home at night. I never see the light of day during the winter. This light has been a joy to have and gives great light at my desk to work with with the benefit of mimicking sun exposure. It’s very easy to use and to replace bulbs." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    25. A double-sided electronics cleaning brush that'll give your computer a good deep clean because when you work where you live, sometimes your laptop becomes a movie screen at night where a few popcorn crumbs somehow get into the keyboard. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    The soft bristles help sweep away dust and crumbs. Plus, the bristles retract for optimal storage.

    Promising review: "I WFH, so my laptop as accumulated its fair share of crumbs, dust, and other debris. This was the perfect cleaning tool. The brush side easily sweeps away particles and the rubbery wedge side helps to scrub out gunk in-between keys. The best part is that it easily fits into the pen holder on my desk." —Andrea G.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. A portable dual monitor for anyone who didn't realize they'd be working from home this long and misses their dual screens dearly. This device attaches to your laptop so you have double the space to spread out your work. Plus, you can easily move it from room to room (or even from bed, to couch, to desk, back to bed) depending on how you spend your day.

    A laptop with a small black monitor attached to the existing monitor on a desk
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    You can use this with any Mac, PC, and Chrome laptop that's between 13 and 17 inches. It attaches with magnetic device-safe metal plates, so you can move it around from room to room. Plus, you can rotate the display to customize it to fit your workstyle perfectly.

    Promising review: "This product is worth the money. Because I'm working from home now, one laptop screen just isn't cutting it. Sure, I can hook my laptop to my TV, but then I'm stuck working in a room that isn't necessarily conducive to being productive. The SideTrak is lightweight, easy to adhere to my MacBook Air (and I didn't have to remove the protective case), and easy to set up. This was a great early Christmas present!' —AJ Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    27. A reversible waterproof desk mat you can put on your table if you really have no place at all for a desk so you can at least make it feel like you're working from one.

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    Promising review: "I'm an art teacher, and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak was going to put a lot of strain on my wood desk (which I keep mostly for show but now am forced to use for work). I ordered this desk pad because mint green is my favorite color, and I wanted something to protect my desk from paint and other art supplies. It arrived today, and it was so cute! It's exactly what I wanted. It's thin enough not to add too much bulk to the desk, the color is so fun, and it wipes off easily. I love that it's reversible, too, so I'll probably use one side for making tutorial videos for my classes and the other for when I'm painting. I was worried that it wouldn't lie flat because it came rolled up, but it lay flat immediately. And it came with a cute little belt in case I need to roll it back up again and store it!" —Jill S

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes and in six color combinations).

    28. A desk elliptical that'll help you get a workout in and stay active during the day, no gym required. Now you can spend your nights doing other fun stuff, such as bingeing your favorite TV show...again.

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    Promising review: "Worth the wait — took a little longer to get here than I'd have guessed for a Prime item, but the shipping details were accurate and this thing is AWESOME. I work from home and sit at a desk for eight hours a day. This thing does a great job keeping your heart rate elevated, and it's super quiet so you wouldn't be disturbing anyone even if you were in a crowded office. I would give it 6 stars if I could!" —Jon

    Get it from Amazon for $349 (available in black and silver).

    29. Or a rolling desk bike that's a viral TikTok sensation for a reason — it will keep you active and moving all day while saying comfortable enough to get your work done. Just imagine the places you'll go with this thing.

    Reviewer image of white bike desk in a home with laptop propped on the tray and drink in the holder
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    Not only is the rolling desk bike compact, but it's also heigh adjustable to make it fit perfectly for you. The pedaling is also quiet, there's eight resistance levels, and it will track your mileage, RPM, and more.

    Promising review: "I love it so much. Since I started working from home due to COVID, I’m less active than before. I used to go the the gym and join spinning classes two to three times a week and Zumba and walking one hour a day. This chair keeps me moving. Love it and recommended. It is very pricey but worth it. Very sturdy and good design. Look very classy in my office." —Julie Rust

    Get it from Amazon for $359.99 (clip the "$100 off" coupon on the product page for this price); available in five colors.

    30. ORRR a balance ball chair to help you ~balance~ it all (i.e., getting work done and strengthening your core without ever having to leave the house).

    Reviewer pic of a green balance ball with a black holder in front of a desk
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    Promising review: "I work from home and sitting too long in my ergonomic desk chair would make my back and hips ache. When I would use my standing desk adjuster and work from a standing position, it would be great for a while, but my knees would ache. When I ordered this, it comes with the small ball, I didn’t think I would be able to use it. However, all I had to do was lift the small ball off the base and put a large stability ball on the chair. I use it every day. It keeps my back and hips from aching. Very happy with this!" —Michelle K Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $69.98+ (available in seven colors).

    31. Some Monkey Noodles, which may sound and look like a toy, well, because they are. You can stretch, pull, twirl, wrap, and squeeze this sensory toy to help you stay calm and focused during long team meetings you just knowwww should have been an email.

    Reviewer holding five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors
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    The noodles are great for all adults (and children) but especially those with ADD/ADHA, OCD, autism, or high anxiety. They are said to help you not only feel calm and focused but also reduce stress and anxiety. They're recommended for ages 3+.

    Promising review: "After having to work from home for months and with my high-stress job, my anxiety has been through the roof. I opened these up and immediately fell in love with them, but what really shocked me was that my cat saw me playing with them and immediately ran over to come and play too. She played with them all day! I used them to help keep me calm before I had to give a Zoom presentation, and it worked. I did forget to hold on to it while actually presenting, but nevertheless, it eased my anxiety prior to having to speak." —Kelly

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A set of adhesive cable clips so you can organize all the cords you have on your desk and not spend 10 minutes fishing out your computer charging cord that fell behind your desk...again.

    A model showing the adhesive back of the small holder before putting it on a desk and putting a cable in it
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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! I saw them in a recent article on a list of must-have Amazon products and decided to give them a try since getting things cleaned up and organized is somewhat my thing, so any items that help me do that are always on the top of my list. These are so cool! My husband and I both work from home and have tons of charging cords for us and our kids and they’re usually just dangling around. This helps us keep those organized and neat, making them not only look better but easier to find. The adhesive seems good so it should last, but I got some extras just to have handy for the future. Highly recommend!" —Milica P.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.96.

    33. A charging dock with three slots to keep both your work and personal electronics organized and charging because they're all in the same place now.

    A wood charging station with three different-sized slots to fit electronics, including a phone, iPad, and laptop
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    Promising review: "I am not sure how people can hate this. It is so simple. It required no setup and the magnets that hold the bottom compartment on are strong. I literally did zero work for this product to help me out so much in my everyday life. It clears up my desk clutter and charges my electronics. Plus, it looks and feels quality for the price without paying a crazy amount for such a simple concept. I use an iPad Air, an iPhone 6S, and an iPhone 7. Because I work from home, my work and personal electronics have to mix but stay organized. This holds them all. I don't have problems with it not holding phones or anything like others have mentioned." —Rachel R

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four styles).

    34. And a high-tech office chair complete with adjustable lumbar support, a heating pad, and I can't forget the best part — MASSAGE SETTINGS!!! Yes, that means that this chair can work for you during the workday. How cool is that?

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    BTW — founder Anthony Mazlish started this small biz when he realized there weren't any businesses focusing on ergonomically designed chairs and other comfort products. Before you add this to your cart you can pick between the basic office chair or massage style, one of nine different fabrics, with or without a headrest, two seat widths, two foam styles, plus adding wheels and/or a footrest.

    Promising review: "This chair actually adjusts your back. You can feel your spine adjust throughout the day which is amazing. I work from home and in meetings all day, and this chair saves my back and rear end from fatigue." —Steve G.

    Get it from X-Chair for $1,149.99 (customization available).

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