10 work-from-home products for staying productive in small spaces
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Working from home has now become the norm for a lot of people and with that in mind, more folks are putting more of a conscious effort into making their at-home workspaces more inviting and optimized.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or cohabitate with roommates, having a designated space dedicated to your productivity is key. Also, just because you don’t have a lot of space to work with doesn’t mean you’re out of options.
There are a few products that easily transform tight work-from-home spaces into refined productivity havens. Below, we’ve listed our 10 favorite products that fit the bill.
From a slim wireless keyboard and an extremely affordable ergonomic office chair to an almost razor-thin portable touchscreen external display and a laptop riser with built-in back storage, check out our top products for refining a tight work-from-home space below.
1. Logitech K585 Slim Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, $49.99
This wireless keyboard is one of Logitech’s newest releases. Its ultra-slim design makes it perfect for tight spaces and minimal clutter and bulk. The keys are also extremely quiet and shoppers love that it connects with up to two different devices. For example, a press of the Easy-Switch button switches seamlessly between your computer and your phone.
It comes in three colors: Graphite (pictured above), Off-White and Rose.
2. Logitech Pop Mouse Wireless Mouse With Customizable Emoji, $39.99
Logitech’s new wireless Pop Mouse is one of its most playful and compact computer accessories to date. In addition to its standard left and right-click and scroll functions, this sleek mouse has a top button (the circle located under the scroll wheel) that opens an emoji menu for you to use during chats, emails, text threads and more.
This mouse is also lightweight and connects with up to three different devices. Just press the button on the back to switch between them.
It comes in five different colors: Cosmos (pictured above), Blast, Heartbreaker, Daydream and Mist.
3. Furmax Ergonomic Office Chair With Lumbar Support, $24.98 (Orig. $30.97)
Ergonomic office chairs are usually pretty expensive, with most costing $100 and up. This best-selling option on Amazon is on sale for just $25 and thousands of shoppers say it’s just as comfortable as its pricier counterparts. Choose from 10 different colors to make sure you pick the right out that matches your setup’s aesthetic.
4. espresso Displays Portable Touchscreen External Monitor and Stand Bundle, $559 (Orig. $568)
Depending on your responsibilities, you may need an extra screen to boost both your productivity and performance speed. Using an external screen helps you keep things organized more easily and this one from espresso Displays is one of the most revolutionary and space-conscious options we’ve seen and used.
It has a minimal yet robust design that’s easy to carry around and, after using it myself, I’ve even noticed that it’s actually lighter than an iPad Pro while providing almost twice the size in screen real estate.
It’s also made for easy portability, so when you’re ready to leave your desk and move to another room or location, just pop off the screen from the stand (it attaches magnetically) and you’re on your way.
This version also doubles as a touchscreen, which works seamlessly with the espressoPen, touch gestures and palm rejection. Unlike other external monitors, the espresso Display works in portrait and landscape modes. It’s compatible with Mac, PC and mobile and gaming devices.
5. Cyezcor Video Conference Clip-On Lighting Kit, $21.99 (Orig. $26.99)
A ring light is one of the most underrated work-from-home tech accessories out there. If you have lots of video conferences and meetings throughout the day, this clip-on ring light is a must-have. It doesn’t have the usual bulk that comes from standard ring lights and their intrusive stands.
Just plug this one into your laptop’s USB port and clip it onto the top of your screen or monitor. It has different lighting and brightness settings and is easy to stow away when it’s not in use.
6. Logitech Brio 300 Webcam With Auto Light Correction and Noise-Reducing Mic, $69.99
If you want to ensure that your video quality is top-notch and perfectly lit without the need for a ring light, Logitech’s new Brio 300 Webcam With Auto Light Correction and Noise-Reducing Mic is the game-changer you need.
It streams a crystal-clear, high-resolution picture while keeping you perfectly lit, even in low-light settings. It also has controls that let you customize your picture to your liking and has a built-in mono noise-reducing mic that captures and transmits your voice while suppressing background noise so you’re heard clearly at all times.
This webcam is also made of 48% recycled plastic and comes in three colors: Graphite (pictured above), Off-White and Rose.
7. Grovemade Wood Laptop Riser, $180
You may not think you need a laptop riser/stand until you get one and see how necessary it actually is. Your laptop forces you to look down for hours on end when it’s not elevated. This eventually leads to neck and back strain with long-lasting effects that are hard to correct. A laptop riser perfectly places your computer at eye level to prevent this from happening.
Not all laptop stands are created equal, though. Many are bulky, cheaply made and lack the sturdiness you need for extensive use. This one from Grovemade is slim, has a durable walnut or maple wood finish, aluminum braces and it rises your laptop to the perfect height. To reduce clutter, there are also back holes for feeding your charging cords and cables.
The back also doubles as a shelf for hidden storage! This is an investment you’ll be glad you made.
8. Grovemade Small Desk Shelf, $240
It’s important to elevate your external monitor for the same reasons as your laptop. Grovemade’s Small Desk Shelf is the perfect width for small desks and rises your monitor to just the right height for all-day comfort.
It’s also designed to last a lifetime and is made from solid American hardwood, aluminum and natural cork hand-stained with Japanese calligraphy ink.
9. Grovemade Desk Tray, $150
Complete the Grovemade Small Desk Shelf with this desk tray that slides perfectly into the built-in space under the shelf. This tray keeps all of your essentials organized and accessible. Store your pens, pencils, sticky notes, paperclips and notepads right where you can reach them. Best of all, they’re out of sight and hidden at all times.
10. Autonomous SmartDesk Pro, $649
Lastly, not all standing desks are massive and swallow a lot of space. Autonomous is one of the few office furniture brands that created a standing desk that’s the ideal size for rooms with limited space.
This one is just 43 inches wide and has four programmable settings. It’s height-adjustable from 26.2 inches to 52 inches and has an upgraded electric dual motor, so you won’t be waiting forever for it to rise.
It has a load capacity of 310 lbs and has a natural wood top with a solid steel frame, and you can choose from seven desk-top colors and three frame colors. This is a standing desk you’ll have forever — and it won’t be in your way.
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