Sarah Weingust, who runs the travel company HostelPass from her home and is the founder and CEO, says that the small stand that “sticks into the bottom of your laptop” is important for two reasons. “I find it most helpful for my posture and comfort, but if I’m running a lot of apps, it can also help keep my computer cool,” she said. It holds up my laptop while leaving the fan open. This lets air flow more freely and keeps my system from getting too hot. Weingust says that there are three levels to choose from, and that it can lie flat as if it weren’t there. She also says that for such a small stand, it doesn’t move even when she’s “typing up a storm.” Check out our expert-recommended guide to everything you need to clean tech items if you want to find other ways to keep your gadgets clean and running at their best.
When Kim needed to buy a desk so he could work from home, he told us he was “drawn more to design” than just function, especially since he would have to look at it even when he wasn’t using it. He chose a simple desk from Muji. It cost him $175, but it’s not available right now. This desk, which is on our list of the best-reviewed home-office desks on Amazon, is just as stylish and even cheaper. Buyers love its simple design, easy set-up, and large work surface. One happy customer said that the height was great because it let them “walk around freely” because their desk chair arms could fit underneath without getting caught.
If you worked in an office before the pandemic, you probably left one day in March 2020 with the plan to come back in a few weeks or, at worst, a few months. But you might still not have done it after almost 18 months. Given how many companies are switching to a remote-first culture, it may be a while before you can do so (or, maybe, ever). Even though many of us have been working from home for a while, the ups and downs of the last year may have kept you from buying the things that would turn our mostly comfortable homes into efficient professional workstations. To help with this, we talked to a number of professionals who regularly worked from home before COVID-19, as well as people who have since set up professional workspaces in their homes, about how they did it. Then, we looked through our archives to find more things that work-from-home users said helped them with their daily tasks.