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    28 Things To Upgrade Your "Temporary" Work Station To A Legit Home Office

    Your back will thank you.

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    1. A cascading wall organizer with six removable folders if your WFH station is drowning in papers that you're very scared you're going to lose.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing was a fantastic find. I have a decent-sized desk but have a lot of papers to reference frequently. I’ve tried all kinds of ways to organize them so I don’t have to flip through every single one to find the one I’m looking for, but nothing worked. I bought this and hung it on the wall next to my monitors, and now I can see everything I need at a glance! It has made my workflow so much more efficient and it also added some color to my wall! I’ve recommended it to everyone in my office" —Lauren_Schuby

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18+ (available in seven styles).

    2. A cooling memory foam seat cushion that'll make you feel ~supported~ even on your longest days.

    a reviewer photo of the cushion on a black desk chair
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    The velour cover zips off for easy cleaning in the washing machine.

    Promising review: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantine-at-home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95 (also available in black)

    3. A desktop whiteboard designed to fit comfortably between a keyboard and a monitor where you can write out all your absolutely-cannot-forget reminders instead of hunting down that sticky note from this morning's meeting.

    The dry erase board with the words "Isn't this fabulous?!!!" written out on 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 $19.99+ (available in seven styles).

    4. A slim laptop stand for raising your laptop closer to eye level, naturally forcing you to sit up straighter and prevent painful hunching.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This stand fits any laptop from 10" to 15.6" and can be easily disassembled into three parts for easy transportation.

    Promising review: "This has helped my neck pain and workflow. I'm used to working in an office with monitors and this made a big difference in my work from home experience by putting my screen at a comfortable eye level. The material is good quality, feels sturdy, and was simple to assemble. It comes in three pieces and is intuitive to put together without looking at directions. There are pads on the top to keep your laptop from sliding. I'm using it with a 15-inch laptop and it's a good fit. I did get a wireless keyboard to use with it, which I would recommend. If you were to try to type on your laptop keyboard with this, it would be uncomfortable. I bought it for the ergonomics, but as a bonus, I am liking how it helps me keep my desk organized with the extra space beneath. Great product!" —M

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    5. A sleek mug warmer so you can actually sit through your meetings instead of making constant trips to the microwave to keep your coffee at juuuust the right temperature.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough about how much I love this warmer! I’ve been asking for one for a couple years. I take my coffee into my home office and it gets cold way too quick. I usually have to reheat it 3–4 times before I drink it all. This warmer kept it at the perfect temperature! Just hot enough that it does not burn my mouth but hot enough for me to enjoy it! Gee, I sound like a commercial. LOL. Seriously it does do this and works great!!! The size is nice too. The circle in the center is about the sizes of my coffee mug. So I could put a larger mug on it if I wanted. Maybe a soup mug! I absolutely love this warmer and the price was right!" —TAW229

    Get it from Amazon for $22.94+ (available in eight styles).

    6. A hilarious "You're on mute" mug because Mike just never remembers to turn on his mic, and it's about time you come up with a system to let him know when only the cat can hear his Excel presentation.

    Mug on kitchen table
    DesignsCustomByAmber / Etsy

    DesignsCustomByAmber is an Austin-based Etsy shop selling a wide range of personalized goodies from mugs and wine glasses to bachelorette-ready T-shirts and tumblers.

    Promising review: "Sent one to everyone on my team. Everyone loved them. Nice heavy, good quality mugs." —triciabunten1

    Get it from DesignsCustomByAmber on Etsy for $11.16+ (available with or without personalization).

    7. A pack of adhesive cable clips if you're tired of crawling under your desk yet again to fetch fallen charging cords.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Fixes a problem I didn't know how to fix! Keeps cords where I want them and prevents them from falling behind my nightstand. Especially helpful with working from home. Get them! You won't be disappointed." —Ally

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.96.

    8. And an adhesive monitor clip that can hold up to 30 sheets of paper, making data entry and note taking a breeze while clearing up loads of desk space.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I always buy one when I move into a new office. It’s basic, but it works. Clip adheres very well to my computer monitor when both services are clean and dry. Use some rubbing alcohol to clean both services before trying to adhere it. I like this document clip because it helps me be more productive. I also use it to hold papers that need my immediate attention if I am not doing data entry. In summary, I’ve purchased this product many times for a reason. It does the job with no frills and it’s a great value!" —Cassidy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    9. A discreet webcam slide cover that fits on almost any device to ensure your privacy and the peace of mind that you're not being spied on — through your camera, anyway.

    A reviewer photo of an open laptop with a camera cover applied with cover slide open for use
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    This pack of six is universally compatible with laptops, tablets, and phones of all kinds!

    Promising review: "Have worked from home for years, but in the crazy days of 2020 our company decided to do video calls regularly for the first time. With that, I needed a solution that made it easier to continue to block the webcam on my computer most of the time while not being a hassle to remove for these calls. I had been using a folded piece of paper, which was certainly easy and effective — until the wind from open windows would blow it away. So, these little guys perfectly solved the problem — it's tiny and subtle (much better looking than a folded piece of paper ;) and so easy to open/close as needed." —Hope

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $4.49 (available in two styles).

    10. A colorful wireless keyboard and mouse set for adding some joy-inducing color to your workspace without any bothersome cords to tie you down.

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    The set includes a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse with a USB receiver. Pick up some AA batteries — both will need them!

    Promising review: "Every time I walk into my red office and see this beautiful keyboard it makes me happy. It looks just like it does in the photo. It's such a jolt of color and with its cool circular retro buttons, it's just a pleasure to use. If you need a pick me up (and who doesn't this year?), I can't recommend this highly enough." —CA-girl

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in 12 styles).

    11. This super cool faux book display made out of reclaimed materials that's sneakily hollowed out so you can transform rather-ignore eyesores into look-I-read decor.

    amazon.com

    Covogoods is a Utah-based, woman-founded small business that specializes in storage solutions crafted from up-cycled books.

    Not every display will have the exact books shown above but if you want to check out the titles ahead of time, select '"YES, preview books" when checking out and enable Amazon notifications so the seller can send you a pic!

    Promising review: "This is perfect for hiding our router and accessories in our bookcase. Love it!" —supergirl

    Get it from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade for $29.

    12. A mesh metal multi-drawer monitor stand with plenty of space to stash office supplies because your monitor is already hogging 75% of your desk's real estate space, might as well get a riser that can pick up the slack.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought this to elevate my HP Envy 5660 printer, which fits across the entire top of the stand — tired of having to bend over it. There is absolutely no bowing of the top shelf it rests on. The drawers open and close with ease. The bottom drawer holds a good amount of extra printer paper and the top divided drawer (you could stack them either way) has three large sections for storing ink cartridges, various office supplies or other miscellaneous items. Although a little pricey, this unit should last about forever." —michigan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two colors).

    13. An adjustable phone stand to keep your workplace right-hand man (your phone) at your desk and by your side — plugged-in, charging, and ready for action!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just love this mobile holder. I have spent some hours video chatting and this helps me to chat easily without holding and stressing my hand. Very durable and moves up and down. You can put it anywhere, which is especially good for me when I'm cooking and chatting with family and friends. No more stress of keeping the mobile anywhere and have scratches on it." —Sia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in seven colors).

    14. Or an adhesive under-desk phone holder for upping your productivity by keeping your phone out of sight and hopefully out of mind without worrying that you might miss a call.

    Seekon Solutions / Etsy

    Seekon Solutions is a Boston-based Etsy shop run by Jake — an engineer by day who creates useful gadgets at night to solves those little problems in your office and home.

    Promising review: "This is definitely a hit! I installed it horizontally because my desk has a square frame under it that I couldn’t put it on as the instruction, but it still does its job. My screen time has decreased a lot during day time. I work remotely from home, this really helps in terms of being more efficient that I can finish my work early and get more me-time back at the end of the day. Highly recommend it if you want to be less distracted while working!" —Shelby Cedrone

    Get it from Seekon Solutions on Etsy for $9.88 (available in six colors).

    15. An ultra-thin socket cover with an attached power strip so you can actually push your desk up against the wall instead of dealing with that awkward gap caused by the bulky plug for your powerstrip.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is awesome! We bought one in the office to stop a nearby chair from continuously hitting the outlet plugs. It solved the problem right away. So we ordered three more to use anywhere there is bulk on the wall. It saves space, makes arranging furniture and desks easy, it's clean looking. Someone is a genius. Thanks so much!" —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in five sizes).

    16. Plus, a set of zippered cable sleeves because the mess of cords under your desk makes it feel like you're sending your feet into a den of snakes every time you sit down.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got tired of looking at the 15 cords leading from my computer tower to my desk. This does the job of hiding them under one nice cover. I've actually had several people ask where I bought these at, so I know I am not the only one that gets a little crazy over the cord mess." —Charlene Roberts

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.98.

    17. A lemon-scented cleaning gel if you haven't cleaned your keyboard since...well, ever, and it's covered in over a year's worth of stuck lunch crumbs and dust you'd rather not live with for another year.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! What happened was the opposite. It cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with too; you can squeeze it between your fingers!" —ZZZZZZ

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A memory foam lumbar pillow you can strap on to just about any chair to help alleviate back pain and improve posture. Side effects may include your mom not telling you to "Stand up straight!" next time you see her.

    A reviewer photo of a black leather office chair with the lumbar support pillow strapped to the back
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    Promising review: "Since COVID started, both my fiancé and I work from home. He has a proper office and office chair and I work at our dining room table. I figured it was time to invest in something to help my back while sitting all day. Works really well! I should have done this months ago." —Emily Racioppi

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95 (available in five colors).

    19. A plug-in Wi-Fi extender that'll eliminate internet dead zones and put an end to the constant housemate battle for conference room space (aka the living room) with a signal strong enough to handle a video call.

    Reviewer holding their phone up to the rectangular-shaped router that's plugged into the wall
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    Promising review: "This is a great product. We live in an old farmhouse and even though we have the fastest and highest internet service, we just couldn't get the signal throughout the entire house, or even our upstairs. But once we plugged in this range extender, we now have our 5G throughout the entire house and even the garage! It was super easy to install. No hassles. Easy to follow instructions." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    20. A set of window cat suncatcher stickers so you can bask in sunny rainbows even if you're stuck inside working. Who can't help but smile at a rainbow!?

    The Prism Emporium / Etsy

    The Prism Emporium is an Arcata, California-based Etsy shop that sells a wide array of unique prism window clings and hanging suncatchers to match nearly any taste.

    Promising review: "I love these and they stick well and restick well. I got these so my cats could bask in rainbows and one loves them, and the other is hellbent to rip these off of the window. I rinse them and restick them often and they still work." —Amanda

    Get a set of nine from The Prism Emporium on Etsy for $16.

    21. An adjustable standing desk converter for transforming any table or desk into an ergonomic workstation. Sit, stand, skip — work in a way that's comfortable for you without the investment in a brand-new desk.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It assembled in minutes. It’s so easy to go from standing to sitting. Every time I let a co-worker try it, they decide to keep it. I think I’ve bought six so far. Everyone loves it!" —W2

    Get it from Amazon for $109.95+ (available in four sizes and in four colors).

    22. Or an electric standing desk that's got easy, motorized movement without the usual bank-breaking cost. Plus, you can program four presets to ensure it's at the right height for you every time.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought this desk for my wife. She was surprised to get this. Working from home and using the dining room table causes back and neck pain. The desk was very easy to put together (took approximately 30 minutes). With only one motor, movement is smooth. Easy to program settings. I would not put anything very heavy in the drawer, but it’s very handy and my wife loves it. The USB for phone cord on the controller switch is a great idea! So far she really likes it. There is enough room for the cat to lounge as well as ride up when the wife needs to stand. Wasn’t clear that the top of the desk is in two parts, but wife doesn’t seem to care. It has four memory settings which is nice." —SCrisp

    Get it from Amazon for $254.99+ (available in three sizes and in four colors).

    23. An elegant desk lamp because this one feels decidedly NOT like the one you had in middle school and really ties the whole space together, don't cha think?

    Novogratz

    FYI — the 40W light bulb is sold separately!

    Get it from Novogratz for $39.99.

    24. A set of stackable clear drawer organizers if you're afraid of getting snapped by rubber bands and pinched by paper clips every time you stick a hand in your desk drawer.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    In the six-piece set you'll get two 3"x3" bins, two 6”x3” bins, and two 9”x3” bins.

    Promising review: "Great product! I bought these to put in my nightstand drawer to store small things, as the drawer is very deep. I've got ChapStick, hand lotions, a small flashlight, and other bedside items in them so they're not just rolling around the drawer. I just bought some more for my bathroom vanity. They fit together nicely but also lift right out of each other. The plastic is sturdy, and they came individually wrapped to keep them from scratching." —Sparkyj

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. An under-desk bike for anyone who struggles to squeeze a workout into their busy schedule. Now you can flex your multi-tasking muscles and pedal the day away while you work.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It works with desks as low as 27 inches. If you're tall or you have long legs, you can still use it while working from the couch.

    Promising review: "Really perfect for me. I have averaged about 50 miles per day and have lost four pounds in one week. Really well built and totally silent. I'm 5'8" and I do have to sit in a low chair but it works well and I do computer work and talk on the phone while burning about 1,000 calories a day! You can't beat that. I was looking at more expensive solutions but I won't look anymore. Completely satisfied." —Phil

    Get it from Amazon for $189.

    26. A portable mini humidifier that can plug into your computer and sit right on your desk to help combat allergies and parched hair and skin, all while being quiet enough to leave on during your morning meeting without causing a disturbance.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Hey Dewy

    Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable humidifier that could be used anywhere. The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight and is powered by an included USB cord.

    This baby humidifier has genuinely made my mornings SO much better! For months, I would wake up with my nose and lips painfully dry until I started plugging this little guy into my laptop on my desk while I work. Not only are my skin hydration levels waaayyy up, but I really enjoy leaning over to feel the cool mist on my face for a few deep, cleansing breaths throughout the day. It's incredibly refreshing and I already know is going to be a lifesaver in a future where travel is a thing. Dry plane and hotel room air is a thing of the past!

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in two colors).

    27. A 3D-printed office sign to really round out the set of your own workplace sitcom (paper-themed or not), even if the cast mostly consists of you and your dog, with some Zoom guest stars.

    a black sign that says "The Office" sitting next to a pen and a stapler
    3DPrintedProjects / Etsy

    3DPrintedProjects is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based Etsy shop run by Jake Dvorak who creates 3D-printed decor inspired by video games and pop culture.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! I purchased this for my husband's office and can't wait to give it to him. Perfect subtle fan art. It came quickly in the mail too!" —McKenzie A

    Get it from 3DPrintedProjects on Etsy for $12.

    28. A compact mini fridge for days when you have A TON to do, and even a trip to the kitchen feels like too much of a distraction. It can keep snacks and drinks warm or cool, has a removable shelf, and can hold six 12-ounce cans!

    amazon.com

    You can charge this using an adapter in your car or a regular outlet, and if you unplug it and take it on the go, items will stay cold for several hours as long as you don't open the door.

    Promising review: "I bought this refrigerator because I recently started working from home because of the COVID-19 quarantine. When I’m working during the day, I have to keep myself locked up in the spare bedroom so my toddler doesn’t realize I’m home. Otherwise, she would be trying to come see me all day. **Disclaimer: I don’t just lock my toddler out and leave her alone, there’s someone here taking care of her! Anyway, since I can’t really leave the bedroom, this fridge has been great to keep some drinks cold while I’m working. I put them in already cold and they hold the temperature as long as they are in the fridge." —Aratay

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in five colors).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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