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It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the U.S. went into lockdown. When news hit of COVID-19 in March 2020, many companies declared employees would work-from-home indefinitely, until it was safe to return to the office.
Now that it’s been a year, a majority of those same companies still have remote work situations.
If you’re one of many who had to quickly adapt to a “new normal” that included working from home, you might remember desks were even hard to come by at one point, due to production shutdowns and a string of shipping delays.
Among the many “quarantine purchases” workers were buying, hundreds flocked to office furniture and other must-haves that would help turn any makeshift office into a productive work space for the foreseeable future.
To help our readers flesh out a fully functional office area, we found some of the most useful accessories, including this seat cushion we’ve sold more than 2,000 times, and this affordable computer monitor that sold by the hundreds.
1. An inexpensive office chair that’s actually comfortable
Even though this office chair is one of the cheapest online at just $54, it’s been proven to be comfortable for sitting multiple hours at a time. With more than 32,000 reviews, shoppers swear by this simple chair for ample back support.
2. This super necessary seat cushion to comfort your tailbone
The simple-yet-super-effective seat cushion has racked up more than 42,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Made with pure memory foam, you can immediately feel the difference when you sit down — the foam responds to your body heat and molds to your body’s shape. For those who might be searching for seat cushions to help with coccyx, tailbone or sciatica pain, this will be your new best friend.
Everlasting Comfort Seat Cushion, $39.95
3. Plus extra lumbar support to go on your new office chair
And to make your office chair that much more comfortable, don’t forget to complete it with this lumbar support pillow. The pillow is 100 percent memory foam, and its ergonomic design make it a comfortable option to help reduce pain points in your upper to lower back. It’s ideal accessory for long hours of sedentary work.
4. An actual computer monitor so you stop hunching over your laptop
Say hello to an actual desktop setup and goodbye to hunching over your laptop on your couch. Marked as an Amazon’s Choice product and known as one of the best computer monitors available on Amazon, HP’s 23.8-inch LED computer monitor is a no-brainer for increasing daily productivity.
5. Or a laptop stand if you’re still #workingfrombed
But if you do love the comfort of working from your bed or your couch, there’s an easy solution for you. This $50 bamboo laptop tray is both foldable and portable, making it easy to transport from room to room, if needed.
Garbani Laptop Tray, $49.99
6. Noise-cancelling headphones to drown out your partner’s meeting in the next room
To get in the zone, a high-quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones can help do the trick. More than 18,000 shoppers love this Bose pair because of their chic look and “epic” sound quality. One shopper even says “the world’s noise clutter instantly dissolves” when using them.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299 (Orig. $379)
7. A desktop sanitizer to clean your germ-infested phone
While hand sanitizers and other tech UV sanitizers quickly went out of stock in spring 2020, if you got your hands on a PhoneSoap sanitizer, you know it was key for keeping your phone germ-free. In just 10 minutes, it’s said to kill 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria.
PhoneSoap Smartphone UV Sanitizer, $119.95
8. This chic acrylic organizer to corral all that miscellaneous stuff on your desk
If you’ve recently found yourself organizing every inch of your home, don’t forget about your desk. This desktop acrylic organizer was a popular pick among our shoppers since it comes with four different inserts that are interchangeable and stackable.
9. A multi-purpose power cube to power all of your devices
Messy cords on your desktop are no more! Thanks to this small power cube that features three outlets and three USB ports, you can power and charge multiple devices at a time without cords tangling.
10. Blue light-blocking glasses to minimize eye strain
To give your eyes a rest while staring at a screen for hours on end, these glasses — now with more than 13,000 reviews — are a top seller. They block blue and UV light, prevent blurry vision and help reduce headaches.
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