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If Your Job Involves Sitting All Day, You May Want These 35 Products

Back pain, wrist pain,'s really time to upgrade your sitting space.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. An anti-fatigue comfort mat that'll help relieve foot, knee, and back pain while you're using your standing desk. When you need a good stretch (or two!) or a change of pace, get up and stand on this!,

Promising review: "This mat was woven by angels, sculpted by the reanimated corpse of Michelangelo, and sealed with Superman's laser vision. When I stood upon it, my feet no longer felt attached to my body. My physical form carried no weight. There was the sensation of floating, my body effortlessly held upright by the essence of time and space. My consciousness journeyed into a deeper level of meaning. Like a fledgling bird of the universe, I spread my wings and tested the limits of my transcendence. Nice mat. Very comfortable. Well worth the money." —JOE K

Get it from Amazon for $39.97+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

2. An orthopedic pain relief seat cushion for helping with tailbone pain, sciatica, leg and lower back pain, and encouraging better posture (I know you're guilty of slumping). It's made with memory foam too so it'll mold itself to the shape of your bottom!


The cover is removable and washable according to reviewers.

Promising review: "I have been using the seat pillow for two weeks now, and it has done what it advertises. It has reduced pain, held up up well, and maintained its shape. Given I am not sitting on it all day, which may impact the wear and tear, it still has provided an increase in support and comfort, and has helped reduce my dull sciatica pain when having to sit for extended periods of time." —Icarus Rising

Get it from Amazon for $38.95+ (available in five colors).

3. A lap desk to beat all lap desks. It has a built-in mouse pad, wrist pad, and a phone/tablet holder so wherever you are in the house, whether it's your couch, in bed, or at the kitchen table, your productivity levels will stay top-notch!

The lap desk

Promising review: "This has got to be the best laptop lap desk I have ever owned! The wrist rest is cushiony, and the cushions on the back are super comfortable on my legs. It has a slight incline, which is perfect. It's sturdy and light. Love the handle, the mouse pad with borders so the mouse won't fall off, and the tablet/phone slots. I don't write a lot of reviews, but I am so happy with this product that I had to give it a good review. Hopefully, this will help someone that is searching for the right lap desk. Recommend it to anyone." —J. Castro

Get it from Amazon for $39.78.

4. A collapsible floral file holder because henceforth, thou shall have no excuse to keep thy bills, mail, notebooks, and other documents in a place such that thou falters and flounders only to hit thine head.

Floral file folder on desk
Bloom Planners / Etsy

Bloom Planners is a woman-owned small biz based in Newark, Delaware.

Promising review: "This is perfect for the desk and assembly is incredibly easy. Just flip the inside base over and you get a sturdy folder holder." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Bloom Planners on Amazon Handmade for $12.95.

5. A leak-proof and time-marked water bottle to keep by you because I know you forget to drink water while you're sitting there all day. The time marker will conveniently remind you when to take another sip and keep you hydrated.,

This also has a little filter for you to put in fruit!

Promising review: "I want to marry this water bottle. I wasn’t a water drinker AT ALL. Then this baby arrived and changed the game! How could the sheer feature of knowing how much to drink by a certain time of day be so incentivizing?! All rave reviews are true. 1) The texture is nice to the touch. 2) The time labels help me a ton — very motivating to know exactly how I’m doing on my water intake as the day goes on. (I’m busy at work and would never be able to reflect back and calculate how much I drank or refilled my bottle) 3) The strap is convenient and I use it more than I thought I would, juggling a bunch of things in and out. 4.) The little fruit tray works great. I squeeze lemon in my water and cut a thin slice and put it in the top. 5) The mouth piece is comfortable. 6) The button pops the lid open, which happens without a sound (I can’t be screwing lids off and on in the car) 7) There is a little lock that provides extra security that it won’t leak if I toss it in my bag. It’s stupid how taken I am with a freakin’ water bottle." —L.G.B.

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

6. Or a Bougie water bottle that has double-walled insulation and a leak-proof flip lid (so you don't have to keep unscrewing the cap), which makes getting your daily dose easy. Plus, it doesn't do that thing where the water tastes stale after a few hours (GREAT). The peony bottle is from their new couture collection — gorgeous! Fun fact: this holds a entire bottle of wine if that's what gets you through the day. Bougie indeed!

mybougiebottle, @mybougiebottle / Via

It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. The straw allows you to sip instead of tilting the bottle, which comes in handy when you're busy doing something else! It comes with two straws, a pipe cleaner, and a protective bag. Plus, it's eco-friendly, rust-proof, and BPA-free.

My Bougie Bottle is a woman-owned small biz whose mission is to create convenient durable water bottles to combat plastic pollution and destruction of marine life due to it. Their bottle artwork is intended to raise awareness of the benefits conservation has on our planet.

Promising review: "I wash it EVERY DAY so I can use it at work. It's the only bottle I own that doesn't drip condensation all over my papers but yet stays icy literally all day. The ice cubes are amazing. I haven't tried it with wine yet but that day is coming. If you like icy cold water in a sweet bottle you can not go wrong with this beauty." —Emily

Get the peony bottle from My Bougie Bottle for $39.99 and get the flamingo design from Amazon for $44.99.

7. A mini fridge you will come to highly appreciate when you're ~in the zone~ and cannot risk a distracting trip to the kitchen. Stock your fave snacks for the day and you'll have all you need!

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).

8. A cool sitting ball that'll not only help relieve back pain but also engage your abs and core, promote good posture, and help you stretch. This is the easiest way to work out while sitting, I daresay!

Model sitting on the chair

Promising review: "I have to sit for nine hours a day, so this is nice to change things up a bit and engage my lower back more. It requires active sitting, so your feet and back will be moving around. Between this, a kneeling chair, and standing up at my desk, I can make it to the end of the day without back pain." —D

Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

9. An ergonomic mouse pad with gel support to minimize your wrist pain!

Reviewer photo of the mouse pad

Promising review: "I love how inexpensive this mouse pad is for what you get out of it. It has absolutely saved my wrists from working all day at a computer. I didn't want a mouse pad that was covered in cloth because the cloth tends to wear down and look bad, but so far the cloth on this still looks perfect after months of use. The bottom of the pad clings to my desk and does not move or slide around. Highly recommend." —E. McKillip

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 10 designs).

10. A water-tracking chart you can print out for hydration motivation. Fill it out each day to make sure you get your fill!

the chart
sabrinahudakdesigns / Etsy

Sabrinahudakdesigns is a small biz that creates digital downloads you can print right at home.

Get the digital file from Sabrinahudakdesigns on Etsy for $4.18.

11. A nonslip memory foam lap desk with a built-in light and foam wrist pad for when you work late into the night or early mornings — plus, it helps keep your laptop from overheating!

The lap desk

Promising review: "I work from home so it's used a lot. Great stuff about this: The top has a really pretty wood look and feel (though I think it's actually plastic). The plastic makes my PC no longer overheat and the texture makes the PC not slip around like the many awful other ones. Seriously, I can tip this almost sideways before the PC starts to move at all. The bottom cushion and wrist pad is thick and comfy. The wrist pad helps lock the PC in place too. The light is awesome! The actual light slips into the bottom cushion when not wanted (you don't even know it's there), but comes in super handy when extra light is needed. And if you're out of batteries or don't feel like buying any...the light can stick in your PC's USB port! My laptop is pretty big, and I still have room for a mouse or small notepad. It's simple and classy (not tacky)." —Nathan D.

Get it from Amazon for $42.78+ (also available in red).

12. A pair of elegant blue-light-blocking glasses so if you typically sit there staring at screens for hours, you'll be less likely to end the day with a blaring headache, strained eyes, and exhaustion. These will help protect your eyes and your mood, and they're nice enough to wear outside too.,

Promising review: "OK so I love these glasses so much! The quality is even better than I expected. They are simple enough to go with everything while still being so fashionable. Not to mention my migraines have decreased since I started wearing them. 10/10 would recommend." —Micaela P

Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in seven colors).

13. An owl eyeglasses holder to hold those blue light glasses so you don't end up saying "Where'd my glasses go?" a hundred times a day. This adorable buddy will wear your glasses for you and keep them nice and safe owl day.

the wooden holder
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "Dad said it is awesome in looks, design, quality, and materials. He likes that it is practical and holds his glasses and phone without tipping over. He considers himself picky, but says he gives this little guy a 10!" —Uncommon Goods Reviewer

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

14. And if that headache creeps up anyway, this roll-on migraine relief stick you'll cry over (and then smile). Loaded with therapeutic essential oils like peppermint and spearmint, this will help ease those headaches — they're not about to ruin your day, no way!

Katy Herman / BuzzFeed, Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

You can apply this to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. We here at BuzzFeed swear by this too! Check out our review of the Migrastil Migraine Stick Roll-on to see why we love it.

Promising review: "I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5." —Katie B.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

15. A digital wall print with a very important reminder that I know you sometimes forget! It's easy to get carried away so remember to take a breather every now and then.

sign that says "don't forget to take a break and just breathe"
Minna May Studio / Etsy

Minna May Studio is a Seattle-based small biz established in 2014 that specializes in hand-designed stickers, wall art, greeting cards, and more.

Get it from Minna May Studio on Etsy for $6.50.

16. A sleek air purifier that'll help trap smoke, pollutants, dust, and germs while circulating clean air around your space so you won't be breathing in anything nasty while you're sitting in one spot working all day. Protect those lungs!

the purifier

Promising review: "This is awesome! It is so super quiet and efficient! I did lots of research first to find the best quality but yet also affordable air purifier because I have horrible allergies and I can definitely say that I found the winner! I read in reviews about a plastic smell when first running it so I stuck the replaceable odor filter in it and probably smelled the plastic smell for the first few hours and then it was gone. And I can breathe again. I don't have to grab my inhaler first thing in the morning anymore! I definitely recommend this product and I will be buying another one!" —Jessica

Get it from Walmart for $132.

17. A standing desk converter so you can effortlessly go from sitting to stretching your legs in seconds.

Promising review: "I just assembled this before work, in less than 15 minutes, and have been using it all day. I am VERY pleased with it. It rises and lowers so easily and smoothly and there is plenty of room for my two monitors. The keyboard and mouse fit comfortably on the keyboard tray... Sitting at my desk all day was starting to really hurt my back and shoulders so this was necessary for me. I feel more productive and energized just from standing while I work!" —lauren

Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

18. An ergonomic office chair that offers lumbar support, padded seat and arms, and back angle adjustability to reduce disc pressure so sitting won't be all that sufferable for you.

the chair in black

Promising review: "My wife and I share an office/studio and we needed two comfortable office chairs that fit with the style and nature of our home. These also needed to be adjustable to accommodate our workspace. These chairs fit the need at a very reasonable cost. We’re pleased with our purchase and can really recommend them." —bobtx

Get it from Target for $136.99+ (available in 12 colors).

19. A compact heated massager to spoil your limbs because that's so much more preferable to the cramps and tight muscles that come from sitting all day.

the massager

My colleague loves this too! See what she has to say below:

"I recently purchased this bad boy as a birthday gift for my momma and after plugging it in and letting it get to work on her shoulders — which she's complained about having pain in for months — she immediately said her shoulders felt lighter. I tried this on my feet and honestly, it's sooooo relaxing! It feels like rolling your feet across tiny lacrosse balls but BETTER because all you have to do is sit there and let this contraption do all the work for you." —Jasmin Suknanan

Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in three colors).

20. An antique-style adjustable standing desk with storage that's both functional *and* eye candy. And when you need to stand, the top surface lifts up! A game-changer indeed.


Promising review: "Really like this desk! I needed something for the home office, and this desk was super easy to put together. The lift top is a game changer, so I can stand when I get tired of sitting. Others commented about how the drawers are smaller than expected, but it works great for me. I don't have much to store except stationery. Love the added gold handles. I recommend!" —Allie

Get it from Wayfair for $408.87+ (also available in pink).

21. But if you want something simpler, here's a clean, no-frills desk that'll fulfill your demands but still offers more than meets the eye — it has a power outlet and USB port built in and two drawers for storage plus a pop-up mirror! Now that's more like it.


Promising review: "Beautiful desk, well made and sturdy. The side outlet / USB ports makes charging devices very convenient. Love that it's solid wood and minimal parts to assemble. Perfect!" —Kay

Get it from Wayfair for $269.99 (available in three colors).

22. A zero-waste hand balm bar with vitamin A because it'll deeply hydrate your hands and defend against blue light so you get the softest, most holdable hands ever 😇. No single-use plastic bottles needed and the natural lavender scent is so calming. It's super fun to use!

the hand bar

Just rub the bar between your dry hands to warm it up and the perfect amount will come off for you to massage into skin. It's really moisturizing!

This is plant-based, vegan, silicone-free, and plastic-free. It's wrapped in reusable wrapper made from biodegradable and home compostable cellulose and packaged with nontoxic inks and water-based adhesives.

Superzero is a zero-waste, plastic-free small biz specializing in hair and body products.

Promising review: "This bar is a total dream! I am so obsessed with it!! I keep it at my desk and use it like 100 times a day. My hands are actually the softest they've ever been. Also the fact that it's vegan, cruelty-free, and plastic-free has my heart so happy." —Erika

Get it from Superzero for $22 (available in two scents).

23. A height-adjustable laptop desk if you don't feel like getting out of bed that day, or you're working from your couch. No more precariously balancing your laptop on your lap and setting your thighs on fire from the overheated fans. This fits your laptop along with snacks, tea, books, and more!


Promising review: "I work from home a lot, and sometimes I love working on my couch. My legs were starting to get sore from the weight on my laptop and cooling fan, and I couldn't use my mouse of course. This little laptop tray is the best $30 I've spent in a long time. It makes working on the couch SO much easier. Thank you!" —T. Taylor

Check out our full review of this laptop desk to learn why homebodies like us need it!

Get it from Amazon for $29.53.

24. And speaking of setting your thighs on fire, this nonslip laptop cooling pad to help prevent your laptop from overheating right when you're in the middle of a very important meeting. Its two built-in USB-powered fans are up to the job!

Promising review: "This thing is a game-changer...literally. I use my laptop for gaming. I like to run games with high-quality graphics, and thus, my computer heats up. In the past, I would put my knees up to give my laptop some breathing room, which is very uncomfortable for long term use. This cooling pad allows my legs and computer to stay cool for long periods of computer usage. The sticky band on the bottom keeps my laptop in place even when I'm moving around. I highly recommend this to anyone that hates their laptop burning their legs." —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

25. A coffee warmer you can keep on your desk so you never have to worry about your morning coffee or afternoon tea ever going cold or even lukewarm if you often get so caught up with work that you forget about it. Plus, it has auto shutoff!

the warmer with a beverage in it

Promising review: "I had gone through two other coffee warmers in a month, both of which got raving reviews on Amazon but barely kept coffee warm for 30 minutes. So I decided to splurge on this more expensive one, and BEST DECISION EVER! Not only does it keep your coffee warm, it keeps it HOT on the highest setting. It does an excellent job at keeping your coffee hot for as long as you want, PLUS it is super easy to turn on and off. When you turn it off, it displays the lowest hot setting light to show you the plate is still hot so no unsuspecting burns. This is hands-down the best option on the market." —Elizabeth Harris

Get it from Amazon for $20.59+ (available in eight colors). 

26. A small sound spa to calm you with soothing sounds like ocean waves, rain, and wind when you get fidgety from sitting for too long or to block out loud noises from annoying neighbors when you're trying to concentrate on work. With 20 sounds and 30 volume levels, you'll def find your sweet spot!

reviewer photo of white sound spa, showing its small size next to a photo frame

This is portable and has continuous play and an auto-off timer between one and seven hours.

Promising review: "This was originally purchased for my husband who would be sleeping during the day while the rest of the family would be up making noise. I now use this myself for sleeping every night. I also take inbound calls for work from home and it is now being used every work day in my office. The white noise blocks all of the household noise! I wish I'd had this 10 years ago when I started working from home! Love all the different sounds, the volume levels, and timers, and memory." —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (also available in blue).

27. A soft and supportive drafting chair that's nice and tall, adjustable, and super stylish so it'll look nice in your space too!

the chair

Promising review: "I bought this chair to use in my kitchen while cooking because I can't stand for long periods. This works well for the high countertops. It also goes low enough to sit at my dining room table as well. It is really comfortable and great for people that need a chair with good/great support. It was also incredibly easy to put together. I would recommend it to anyone." —Jessica

Get it from Overstock for $173.49+ (available in four colors).

28. A wireless ergonomic mouse because it puts less strain on your wrist, reduces cramping, and allows you to go about your work in peace!

Infographic showing that the vertical mouse holds the wrist in a straighter position to alleviate pressure on the wrist joint

Promising review: "I bought this mouse because I have wrist and lower arm pain. I can't actively use any regular mouse more than one hour at a time without getting some pain... It's comfortable, and this is the most important thing, because so far I can use it for hours and don't have any pains. The wrist isn't twisted like on a regular mouse and I can feel this, for the better. Took me under a day to get adjusted to this angle. An interesting thing about this design is that you feel more inclined to use your whole arm to make mouse movements, which is a good thing, since doing so puts less stress on the wrist." —Dan

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

29. A back brace to wear over or under your clothes because it'll help fix your posture and ease back, neck, and shoulder pain. We're all guilty of slumping, aren't we?

the back brace on a person

Promising review: "I ordered this posture corrector because I slouch too much, and when I try to stand up straight i feel like i overcompensate and it gets tiring. the reason I like this product is that when i have it on, it doesn't restrict my movements like a brace with a plate might, I don't feel like I'm having to put effort into standing straight so I'm not getting fatigued even after wearing it for a full 8 hour day. I'm really pleased with my purchase; it's well designed and easy to use, and I think will eventually fix my bad posture." —mdantes

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

30. A cool mist humidifier that'll freshen up the stuffy air in your work space, banish dryness, and get you that nice dewy skin while you're hard at work!

the humidifier

Promising review: "I've never used a humidifier before, so the whole experience is new for me. Within an hour I noticed the air felt significantly different in my apartment. I live in the northern US, so I'm used to dry, cold winters and the dry noses / skin that accompanies them. However, since using this, every night, I've noticed the cracks are healing and not coming back! I'm also impressed by how silent the machine is. We put it in our bedroom, and I have no problem falling asleep. There is a blue light that can be turned on, but I found that to be too bright for me to sleep, so I simply turned it off. I've become used to buying mediocre products because it seems as though no one takes the time to design a quality product, but this humidifier proved me wrong. 10/10 would buy again, and I've recommended it to my family and friends." —Chandler 

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

31. A memory foam lumbar pillow to help relieve back strain and get you that back support and pain relief you need.

the pillow on a chair

Promising review: "I drive a Prius and the seats are notoriously uncomfortable. Combine that with my 12 hours a day in my car and my bad lower's not a good combination. I was a bit skeptical. I couldn't have been more wrong. I have been using it for several days now and my back hasn't felt this good in a very long time. The lumbar support is perfect. The strain on my lower back is gone and it has made me feel much better. I hadn't realized how much my back pain was causing me to feel worse overall until I was free from it. It seems to be very well made. So far I couldn't be happier. I am an avid gamer and i am going to test it on my gaming chair to see if it helps me out there as well. If so I will be looking to buy another." —Tangent 

Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in seven colors).

32. An under-the-desk memory foam foot rest for relieving pressure on your feet and legs, improving posture, and increasing circulation in your legs.


Promising review: "I started a full time desk job and wanted to make sure I had correct posture as I had heard you can really injure yourself over time. When I put my chair up higher, I noticed my feet barely touched the ground. I didn't think much of it until I started to notice I would get odd leg numbness and tingling at night. I did some research and saw that if both feet aren't flat on the ground you can experience lack in leg circulation. Once I started using [this], the leg numbness and tingling I felt at night went away in about a week and I haven't experienced it again (and I've been using it for three months now)! I love having it at work because it is so soft and squishy (but still has a nice density), super comfortable. You can flip it upside down and do a rocking motion with it if you get restless at work as well. I love it so much, highly recommend!" —Emily

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

33. A computer document clip so you don't have to keep looking up and down when writing down notes or reminders (AKA no more neck pain). Plus, it frees up desk space because you can just hang up the notes instead of having them scattered all about!

Promising review: "THIS stopped all my frequent head and neck aches caused from looking too far down while using the computer at work. Love it." —Dustin Vargas

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

34. An adjustable under-the-desk keyboard tray to alleviate carpal tunnel and wrist pain, and optimize comfort while helping keep your desk clutter-free so you have more space for your coffee and stuff.

The tray, which has a retractable mouse pad

Promising review: "I have had terrible luck with the type of keyboard drawers that need to be screwed into the bottom of a desk. Then I found this Mount-It! keyboard drawer that didn't need screws at all! I wasn't sure what to think, but figured it was worth a try. It took literally three minutes to install and voila — I had a sturdy keyboard drawer! It has a rounded edge which is really comfortable for resting your wrists and there is also plenty of room for a mouse." —Linda

Get it from Amazon for $32+ (available in two styles).

35. A set of two memory foam armrest pads that'll support your wrists and relieve tension in your elbows and forearms. Pain has no place here.

Reviewer photo of the armrest pads on a desk chair

Promising review: "I started getting elbow pain a few months ago and thought it was due to me commuting by bicycle every day. My brother told me it could be my armrests of the chairs I sit in because he had the same pain and these Aloudy [armrest pads] made his pain go away. I ordered them straightaway, installed then on my Aeron chair and was blown away with how much more comfortable my elbows felt." —Joseph

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors).

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

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