So maybe it’s been a year since you last set foot in the office. Working from home has started to feel normal. You’re organized. You’ve set your routines. You’re making a go of this ever-changing world. And let’s face it. Sometimes, you even did it with pants on.
But now that you’ve had a little time to settle in, how’s your home office or workspace panning out? If it feels a little lifeless or lacking, maybe it’s time for a change. Here are four great ways to help spice up your home office.
Ditch Your Desk (for just a little while, anyway)
We know it pays to have a dedicated workspace set up, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from your usual desk, even when you can’t take a break from your job. Solution? Make your workstation portable with a sofa or bed laptop desk. Here are three of our picks:
SONGMICS Multifunction Lapdesk
Made from durable bamboo, this attractive laptop desk lets you work comfortably from anywhere in your home for about $40 on Amazon.
SAIJI Adjustable Laptop Stand
Enjoy working on the couch or even at the kitchen counter with this sleek, adjustable laptop stand that folds flat when you need it out of the way—about $100 on Amazon.
TaoTronics Lap Desk
This simple and spacious laptop desk lets you make height adjustments with the touch of a button for about $55 on Amazon.
Choose a New Chair
Tired of back pain, poor posture or any number of strange sensations in your neck and shoulders brought on from long hours in your computer chair? Try mixing it up with one of these:
Build core strength and sit up straight with this wobbly, active-sitting office chair for about $100 from Walmart.
DRAGGON Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
With an angled seat and thicker-than typical padding, you can work for hours in comfort and with improved posture in this knee chair, available for about $130 on Amazon.
Royal Purple No Pressure Seat Cushion
If your seat is giving you a sore bottom, Purple’s 2-inch honeycombed gel cushion is sure to bring some relief—and you can even use it in your car on those long drives that aren’t to the office. You can pick one up from Bed Bath and Beyond for about $80.
Let There Be Light
We know. Your computer monitor glows. But if it’s the main source of light at your home workspace desk, consider one of the following lamps to help brighten things up. Additional lighting will help you stay organized at your desk and can even help improve mood.
George Oliver Cleary Charge Desk Lamp
Clean and stylish, this modern desk lamp also offers a wireless charging pad and USB port. Your workspace will be well lit, and you can charge your devices at the same time. Get it for about $120 on wayfair.
Room Essentials LED Task Table Lamp
Simple and no-frills, this small goose neck lamp will light your way without breaking the bank—and it even has an AC outlet to help with your charging needs. Pick yours up for about $12 from Target.
BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp
Bright enough for almost any desk-time task, this lamp’s color temperature adjustment and auto dimming features deliver the right amount and type of light any time of day—going for about $230 on Amazon.
Try Some Comforting Computer Accoutrements
There are lots of little computer-related products that can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. Here are several of our favorites:
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business
Give your wrists and hands a break from that carpal tunnel syndrome with this ergonomic keyboard, designed to keep your wrists and forearms in a more natural position. Get one now on Amazon for about $65.
HARApad EMF Protection
It’s called a laptop computer for a reason—it easily fits in your lap. But that doesn’t mean you want yours there for extended periods of time, as laptops are known to emit electromagnetic radiation. Protect your health with this military-grade laptop and radiation heat shield, available on Amazon for about $85.
Roy Lichtenstein Mousepad
Worn through that old gray mousepad yet? Add a splash of color and design with this fantastic mousepad homage to artist Roy Lichtenstein. This artsy desk piece, available through the Museum of Modern Art, will set you back about $8. Click here to read more about this important artist.