25 Essential Products to Increase Home Office Productivity And Prevent Body Pain

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Have you heard (prolonged) sitting is the new smoking?

Sitting for too long can weaken your large leg and gluteal muscles, cause hip and back pain, gain weight, stiff neck and shoulder, and increase the chance of having many different types of diseases.

Since COVID start, many people started to work from home. A lot of companies (big or small) have adopted dynamic working which allows their employee to work from home regularly or even full time. Dynamic working seems to be a new way of working as it would save overhead costs.

With people working from home more, the time of sitting has increased. I have been working from home most of the time since COVID started. It saved commute time and cost, but also caused back and hip pain and weight gain.

I wish I knew the danger of prolonged sitting earlier, and adopted working station or tools that would help me from having all sorts of back, neck, hips, and legs problem.

I learned my lesson through lots of pains and many physiotherapy sessions.

If you work from home a lot, remember the below tips:

  • Remind yourself (or set a reminder) to move around from time to time.
  • Design your workstation and invest in Ergonomically designed furniture (such as a standing desk and comfortable office chair) to align your body to maintain comfort and reduce injuries.
  • Position your monitors and computers at a position to ensure your neck and eyes are at a comfortable level.
  • Support your elbow (resting on the desk or elbow support). Do not let your wrist and elbow be hanging without support.
  • Choose Ergonomically designed keyboard and mouse to improve posture and prevent wrist pain.
  • Take regular breaks, go for a brisk walk or some yoga, or even cook lunch for yourself
  • Try to stand up when you are on a conference call. That way, you can ensure yourself have some stand up time (unless you never get on call😬).
  • Try to look far away or at greenery every 20 minutes of screen time.
  • Do stretching.
  • Practice self-care.

Check out the below products that help me thrive at home office – increase work productivity and reduce pain and injuries.

Get yourself or your loved ones these products as gifts or rewards (instead of spending more money on physiotherapy bills)!

1. Monomi Ergonomic Electric Standing Desk

Standing desks reduce back pain (for me, also hip flexor pain), improve posture, promote blood circulation, burn calories, and prevent prolonged sitting. This is the most important furniture in my home office.

Why I love this product?

✔ Electric – adjust height with fast lifting speed by just pressing a button. There are 4 preset buttons to customize your desired heights. I have used a manual adjust desk before. It was a lot of effort. I was lazy most of the time and ended up just sitting down instead of rolling the desk to stand up.

Heavy duty – industrial-grade steel frame combined with a durable desktop that can support a 188 lbs weight capacity for your ideal workspace setup.

✔ Flexible – the swivel casters rotate 360 degrees, which allow desk to turn easily. Casters could be locked for safety.

Anti-Collision Technology – the built-in sensor to detect any solid object when the lifting column goes up or down.

2. SHW 36-Inch Height Adjustable Standing Desk Sit to Stand Riser Converter Workstation

If your working desk has been fixed or you do not have enough space to put an electric standing desk (usually an electric one requires at least 1200 cm width), consider getting this SHW Sit to Stand Riser to put on your desk.

Why I love this product?

✔ Adjustable height – between 4″ and 16″ high. The two class 4 pneumatic cylinder can hold up to 60 lbs.

✔ Easy to operate – simply rotate both levers all the way to the end. Maintain pressure on the levers until you reach your ideal height.

Durable – made with strong steel. The X-shape design moves the riser vertically straight up and down and a stable manner.

✔ Convenient – the monitor riser can be used separately.

3. Duramont Ergonomic Lumbar Support Office Chair

Ergonomic Lumbar Support Office Chair is a lifesaver for me. It helps posture, provides support to lumbar and reduce back pain. It let me adjust the height of the chair to my height. The adjustable armrests enable me to position my elbow and shoulders at the right level.

I have changed many different chairs throughout the life of my home office days. In the end, I had to get an Ergonomic to save my back!

Why I love this product?

✔ Recline at any angle – besides fully recline and sit up, this chair has a second lever that allows you to lock in your desired recline angle at any degree. 

Find the best position for your back – adjustable lumbar support that goes in and out, up and down. The recline feature lets you tilt the backrest back or sit straight.

✔ Breathable mesh back – enable cool air circulates and prevent you having a sweaty back and help you sit comfortably.

5 years warranty and 100% money-back guarantee – it has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. You can return if you are not happy with it within 90 days.

4. FORTEM Lumbar Support Pillow for Chair

Sitting too long also causes a sore bum. My bum is painful when sitting on a chair with no “bum support 😅).

Why I love this product?

✔ Ergonomic “U” Shaped Cutout (recommended by orthopedic experts) – the shape alleviates pressure on the sciatica nerve to reduce back, leg, and butt pain.

100% pure memory foam – absorbs some of the pressure against your body and helps to maintain a healthy body posture. The cushion seat and back cushion mesh covers are removable and washable.

✔ Adjustable elastic straps on lumbar support cushion – allow you to strap on the back of the chair conveniently.

5. Giecy Adjustable Ergonomic Arm Rest Support for Computer Desk

This is another item which I cannot live without working at home. If your elbow is not being supported, your neck and shoulders would adjust themselves automatically so that you can type on the keyboard. However, it put strains on your neck, shoulders, and arms.

Why I love this product?

✔ It extends elbow support and flush with the desktop so that you don’t need to sit very close to the monitor and prevent short sightedness and strain your eyes.

Foldable to 90 degrees – to prevent taking up space if you are not at your desk.

✔ Sturdy – it could lift up to 13kg.

Premium quality leather – that are water and grease proof, dirt resistant, and easy to clean.

6. Everlasting Ergonomic Pain Relief Memory Foam Foot Stool

When you are sitting down, if the position of your arms are comfortably supported, elbows not dropped below the desk, your shoulders and neck are at the right level, arms are also in the right position, ut your feet don’t touch the floor, then the posture is not ideal and would put pressure on thighs or back.  In this situation, you would need a footrest.

Why I love this product?

✔ Unique teardrop design – to accommodate most any leg length and enhances ergonomics and contours to the curves of your feet arches.

✔Heat responsive technology and high density pure memory foam – to adapt to the shape of your feet and arches. It supports your weight at the same time.

✔ 2 in 1 design – flip the footrest to have a rocking exerciser to increase circulation, relieved stiffness and relieve tired foot.

Safe material – lab tested by OEKO-TEX, the footrest has earned the coveted STANDARD 100 label to confirm material is safe and harmless for human health.

7. Ergodriven Not-Flat Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat with Calculated Terrain

Topo is the first anti-fatigue mat designed specifically for standing desks. It has been on the Wirecutter’s top pick since 2016.

Why I love this product?

✔ Anti-fatigue Calculated Terrain Cushioned – drives subconscious movement, stretching, and massage. It is not just a normal standing mat.

Move to standing made easy – just reposition Topo with just one foot, grab the mat’s unique indentation with your heel or toe to pull the mat out from under your desk. Then just push forward to slide it back.

✔ Create new dynamic position – thanks to the infinite possible micro- and macro-movements.

7-year manufacturer’s warranty and 100% full-refund satisfaction guarantee – what’s better than that?

8. SAMSUNG 27-Inch CF39 Series FHD 1080p Curved Computer Monitor

Do you know a curve screen monitors are more comfortable for your eyes?

If you use a flat screen monitor and if the screen exceeds your natural field of view, it would cause eye strains.

The curvature of a curved monitor allows your eyes to take in everything at once so you don’t need to strain your eyes.

Why I love this product?

✔ Ultra Slim Immersive Viewing – measures less than 0.5 inch thick, yet able to enjoy a big panorama view. Great for work and play. For me, I need a big screen to view Word docs, Excel, and PowerPoint at the same time.

4ms response time – allows fast, clear, and smooth on-screen motion without blurring, juddering, and ghosting.

✔ Eye-saving mode – most important if you need to look at the screen all day. Just press a button to reduce blue light emission and flickers.

Eco-Saving Plus feature – saves power by reducing screen brightness and automated screen transition fluidly. The monitor is also made without PVC.

9. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

If you type a lot and do not use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, you may put stress on your tendons continuously. After a period, you would have a really painful wrist. If it is untreated, it might cause long-term damage (think about the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).

Why I love this product?

The Logitech Constant Curve layout – designed to ease the stress on your wrists.

✔ Integrated palm rest and adjustable keyboard height – lessen wrist fatigue and let you type for a long time without strain.

Precision laser mouse enables faster navigation.

Pretty quiet keyboard.

10. Suturun Ergonomic Detachable Computer Stand for Laptop Riser for Desk

Different sizes of laptop and monitor could strain your eyes or neck and shoulders. In order to align your laptop and monitor in a better level position, a laptop riser is imperative

Why I love this product?

✔ Wide Compatibility – fits all tablets and laptops models and sizes from 10-17 inches. It can fold flat for easy storage.

✔ Wide range angle adjustment from 0 ° to 90 ° allows you adjust your laptop to a comfortable position.

Durable and sturdy – made with super aluminum alloy, this stand could support up to 13 lbs. The silicone pads on the holder are non-slip to keep laptop in position and not slide off.

✔ Ventilation hollow design to cool computer and prevent overheating.

11. BenQ ScreenBar Monitor Light

We all know poor lighting in our workplace or home office is bad for your eyes. Monitor light bar provides better illumination but would not increase screen glare compared to traditional desk lamps.   

Why I love this product?

✔ No desk space required – this BenQ Light Bar stays on top of the monitor. 

Fits nearly all monitors – the weighted clip rests on nearly any monitor with thickness from 0.4″ To 1.2″ (1 to 3 cm). Please see products specific for compatibility measurement. 

✔ Smart design – flexible lighting angle, non-slip hanging design to gently hang on your monitor, easy touch sensor on top of the light bar.

Convenient – USB powered, simply plug into any USB outlet on your computer, charger, etc.

Adjustable color temperature – from warm to cool for your different needs.

12. 1500J Surge Protector Power Strip Tower

Have you run into situations where you always feel you are running out of plug space?

If you have a lot of computer equipment and electronic devices, this 1500J Surge Protector Power Strip Power will work really well for you.

Why I love this product?

✔ Space saving – power over 17 devices at the same time in these widely spaced and convenient angled outlets in this column power strip tower.

✔ Charge more devices faster – a total power output of 30W to support 12 A/C outlets, 3 USB-A, and 2 USB-C.

✔ 1500 J Power Surge protection – safeguards built in to protect your devices against overloading, short-circuiting, overcharging, overheating, and excessive current.

✔ Safe material – it uses fire-prevention materials and tested for flame retardant at 1382℉.

13. Doxie Go SE Wi-Fi Wireless Document & Photo Scanner with Portable Scanning

I used to have boxes and boxes of documents and they are really consuming space. Digitalize your documents and free up your space for better things.

Why I love this product?

✔ Scan docs anywhere without the computer – insert your paper, photos, receipts in this portable scanner to scan, archive, and share.

✔ Easy to send to your local or cloud apps – such as Photoshop, Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, & iCloud Drive.

Crisp scanning quality – in full color at up to 600 dpi. The Auto Adjust function applies smart cropping, de-skew, and automatic contrast to scans.

✔ Integrates award-winning ABBYY OCR technology – that makes organizing easy by recognizing the text in your documents and creates searchable PDFs.

Rechargeable battery – each charge can scan up to 400 pages.

Compact size – like a rolled-up magazine so you can easily tuck it away.

14. Jabra Speak 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for Softphone and Mobile Phone

Have you ever gone on a conference call with more than 10 people and feel you can’t hear people speaking clearly on your iPad even if you have already turned the volume to the maximum (some people just always forget to mute and you can hear the background noise)?

This Jabra Speak 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker could solve your problem.

Why I love this product?

✔ Clear conversation – Crystal clear HD voice without echoes and distortion even when on max volume.

Easy and quick to set up – compatible with all UC platforms and connect in seconds to laptop, smartphone and tablet via USB or Bluetooth.

✔ Portable – easy to carry so you could hold conference calls anywhere. Comes with a carry pouch.

15 hours of battery life with 2 hours charge.

15. Jabra Evolve2 65 MS Wireless Headphones

If you do not live alone and work at home (with someone always around you), you may consider having a wireless headphones instead.

Since you will be on calls, it’s better that the headphone provides comfort even with long wear.

Why I love this product?

✔ Rich and HD audio – 40mm speaker with 3 microphone call technology for you calls and music.

Fast charge – 90 minutes charge gives you 37 hours of battery and 15 minutes charge gives you 8 hours battery.

✔ Soft memory foam cushion to provide your ears comfort all day.

Compatible with UC platforms like MS Teams and Skype.

✔ The Busylight is visible from all angles – let people around know that you are on call and do not disturb you.

16. NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System (RBK852)

This Netgear Orbi Mesh system has been working well in my home since lock down where everybody was at home with the adults working and kids having zoom class at the same time. No drop out on zoom calls even once.

Why I love this product?

✔ Ultrafast AX6000 gigabit speed and WiFi 6 technology for continuous online video conferencing, movie streaming, and HD video gaming.

Wide coverage – up to 5,000 sq. ft. and for up to 100 devices. Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

✔ Quick Sets up with the Orbi App – to easily manage your WiFi settings, test internet speed, and monitor data usage. My favorite function is to use the app to turn off my kids’ WiFi on their devices when they are over their daily limit. For safe online experience, parents can subscribe an additional Smart Parental Control features.

Received excellent reviews by Forbes, Tom’s Guide, and other well-known companies/magazines.

17. IKEA SKÅDIS Pegboard

Pegboard is a magical thing. It saves space. The most important function is to let you put things in exactly where you want. It is functional and also decorative.

The above picture shows one of my pegboards near my workstation with some of my essential home office tools, like the Orbi (the above Netgear WiFi mesh), a diffuser, a portable speaker, and some decorative items.

The second pegboard on the side of my computer has my iPad, portable monitor, laptops, foldable laptop stand, pencil case, pictures, and glasses case on it.

The third pegboard has water jar, lotion, candles, tissue boxes, and everything else you need on a daily basis. It makes your workstation a lot more organized and handy. Pegboards are essential items for effective workstation organization. I highly recommend. From all the pegboards I have seen and used, IKEA’s pegboard has both the quality and the look.

Why I love this product?

✔ Versatile and highly customizable – you can adjust the shelf or rack or hooks anyway you like to maximize the effectiveness or your workstation, command center, crafts station, or any walls. I have made a pegboard “toy weapon vault” for my boy last year. I am going to write an article on “How to customize your pegboard” in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Easy to set up – just drill a few holes and mount it on the wall. Combine a few pieces together for maximum utilization.

✔ Works in anywhere in your home or office – use in bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, or dinning room. Many accessories are available.

18. Portable Oscillating Foldable Desk Fan with Remote Controller

A portable foldable fan is my best friend in the hotter months. I have put it behind my workstation on the window shield and raise it above my monitor so that I could feel the breeze, but it won’t take my desk space. This versatile foldable fan works not only well at home but also outside.

Why I love this product?

Adjustable Height – can be stretched from 14.5″ (36.8cm) to 40″ (102cm) so you could treat it as a desk fan, stand fan, or floor fan.

Compact and foldable – easily fold up to small size for pack up in winter months.

✔ Variety of functions – 4 winds mode, natural wind mode, oscillating mode with timer function.

Comes with a remote control – so you could control while being away from the fan. Not many foldable fan has remote control.

19. RESTECK Massagers for Neck and Back with Heat

When we are too focused working or reading some stressful emails, our neck, shoulders, and back get really tensed. This massager can help to untie some knots and release muscle pains.

Why I love this product:

✔ Alleviate acute pains and muscle soreness: release chronic muscle tension, alleviate stress, relieve tightness, minimize aches and pains and soothe soreness

✔ Can be applied on many parts of the body: neck, back, legs, glutes, calves, thighs, shoulders, feet, toes, arms, and more.

✔ Hands Free – unless massage gun which you have to hold it and apply to your body. The Restack Massager design lets you put your hands through while the massager position is on your neck/back. I am writing this article while using the massager!

✔ Easy to control intensity level – 4 buttons for facilitated use; regulate the heat and choose the right stimulation mode to suit your needs. The kneading nodes goes bidirectional.

✔ Convenient – comes with a leather pouch for easy carriage and both wall adaptor and car adaptor so that you can use at home or in the car. Great for road trip and travelling.

20. Inooves Combo Bulletin Board Strips

Visual reminder is powerful. Even though we are in a digital age, having some important reminder on the phone appears to have less mental urgency than seeing the reminder in bright red ink on a piece of post-it stuck on the wall!

Why I love this product?

✔ Highly flexible with board strip – a standard notice board could take up a lot of space on your wall. With this board strip, you can put in any space you want even though it may be a tight space.

2 in 1 magnetic and push-in texture – set of 5 combination felt pin board bar strips with adhesive backing. Use magnet or pins to stick up your task list, objectives, important dates, reminders, and more. Help you be organized and productive.

✔ A variety of accessories included – 5 Magnetic Dry Erase Sticky Notes; 5 pcs Small Expression Magnets; 15 pcs Colorful Pushpins. 

2 year warranty.

21. LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home

Don’t let an allergy impact your work productivity. Consider getting a good air purifier. Purifiers are even more popular after COVID started.

Why I love this product?

3-stage filtration – with Vortexair technology.

Filter 99.99% of bacteria and mold – dust, lint, hair, fibers, pet fur, bacteria, mold, pollen, pet dander, smoke, fumes, VOC, and odor.

View your air quality – the Vesyn app displays a graph of the air quality as the laser dust sensor scans the surrounding air for airborne particles.

Voice Command Enabled – connect to Alexa and Google assistant to let you control the setting hands-free when you are busy with your hands.

Credential – Energy star and FCC certified, ETL listed, and they also earned the German Design Award and iF Design Award.

22. The Pure Ultrasonic Essense Diffuser & Top 10 Essential Oils

Essential oil has a lot of benefit including boosting up energy level and increase productivity and reduce stress.

Why I love this product:

✔ Worldwide recognition – from top newspaper and tv shows.

✔ Wave diffusion technology – use modern ultrasonic wave to atomize essential oils for ultimate wellness.

✔ Can be used as an ambient light – 7 light modes with two intensity settings for 14 different light combinations.

✔ Auto shutoff feature – the machine will shut off automatically for low water level. It also has 4 timer settings.

✔ Come with their Top 10 essential oil – the oils are formulated using high-quality plants sourced from various regions of the world.

23. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

A temperature control smart mug helps to keep your beverage at your favorite temperature. What boosts up our energy level more than a cup of nice warm coffee?

Ember is the world’s first temperature mug.

Why I love this product:

✔ Set your preferred drinking temperature – between 120 – 140F.

✔ Long lasting battery – maintain your desired drinking temperature for up to 1.5 hours, or could be warm all day when paired with the included charging coaster.

✔ Auto sleep function – the cup wakes up when hot liquid is poured and enters sleep mode when not in use. So smart!

✔ Safe to handwash – can fully submersible up to 1 meter deep.

24. vedett Office Desk Organizer 

Have you tried to find stationeries but couldn’t?

Don’t let a messy desk impact your productivity.

Why I love this product?

✔ Space Saver – this desk organizer provides ample of storage space to hold all your desktop items but it is not bulky.

Wear-resistant, anti-oxidation, and long-lasting thanks to the powder coating and electroplating technology. Rounded metal edges and trims protect your fingers and desk.

✔ A set comes with all essential accessories – the organizer includes 6 compartments, 1 pencil holder and 72 desktop accessories.

25. AeroGarden Bounty Basic Indoor Garden with LED Grow Light

My doctor recommended me looking far away or at some green plants every 20 minutes of working. Of course, the best is to go out to nature when you have a break, however, sometimes you just have to work all day indoors.

Why I love this product?

✔ No sun, soil, or green thumb required – this indoor garden’s 30W LED grow light provides a full spectrum of light to promote rapid plant growth (grow 5 times faster than soil). Its automatic timer ensures it goes on and off at exactly the right time.

✔ Grow all year round – grows up to 9 herbs, veggies, or flowers indoors and no pests!

Smart Vacation mode – keeps your plants healthy while you’re out of town

✔ Comes with the Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit including Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil, Mint, Chives, and Italian Parsley.

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