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It’s 2021, and many workers are still struggling with one major problem: how to make working from home work for you. At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, it all seemed temporary—and now, here we are, quite literally bending our backs from uncomfortable kitchen tables or sunken-in couches to work from home one year into the pandemic. Even as some workers trickle back to their long-forgotten cubicles, it’s clear that COVID-19’s effects on office culture have led to some permanent shifts, making the average WFH day a typical occurrence.
Whether you’re working from your bed by choice (we’re not judging) or by necessity (how else does one get peace and quiet during a Monday morning meeting with a full house running around?), we’re here to help solve this problem that’s been put off for far too long. Make working from home easier on yourself and your back with one of these top-rated lap desks— just be warned: You may never want to step foot in the office again.
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1. An adjustable bed desk that’s perfect for high-profile laptops
The average laptop is about 13 inches, but if you (or your employer) splurged on a larger laptop, you may find working from bed to be a bit bulky. If you’re lucky enough to balance a 17-inch screen on any old lap desk, then chances are, you’ll be left with no room for a mouse or notepad. Upgrade your setup with the Saiji Adjustable Laptop Stand, which is specifically designed for use in bed. The best part? The extra-large design is 23.6 inches wide, leaving enough room for you to prop up a large laptop and doodle your way through your weekly meeting.
2. A luxury lap option for a more permanent setup
If your day job requires you to tune into meetings or conference calls often (or, if you just love to blare some old ‘90s rock Spotify playlists between calls), then you might want to consider investing in a bed-friendly work option that doubles as speakers. The Aeon Gold is a luxury lap desk with sleek leather features and a snazzy metallic trim, but it’s not all show, either. The Aeon Gold is very functional with three USB ports in the back and a portable Bluetooth speaker system that you can access from under the covers. You won’t be missing your traditional desk with this.
3. An ergonomic bed desk
Ergonomics are already crucial when it comes to the traditional office set-up—without a comfortable environment and enough support for your hands and wrists, carpal tunnel is an inevitable product of your 9 to 5. But combine your memory foam mattress with the Huanuo Lap Desk, and you’re in for a real treat. More than 3,300 Amazon reviewers rave about the well-made features that this desk offers, like the long, cushioned pad at the bottom of the tray for added support and that it’s relatively affordable. One reviewer says that they love the wrist pad, as “it helps so much when you're typing.”
4. A more modern bed desk
Working from bed doesn’t have to look like a temporary fix—who says it can’t be as fabulous as the rest of your room? Make your makeshift office as aesthetic as the rest of your bedroom decor with this sleek lap desk from CB2. This 5-star rated product deserves to make a cameo in your mid-day work from home Instagram story, and the acrylic look matches the aesthetic of any bedroom. One happy reviewer notes that “most bed trays aren’t as elegant,” and we’d have to agree—this one’s pretty stunning, especially compared to the harsh style of most office furniture.
5. A desk that fits your entire bed
If you’re looking for the complete opposite of something minimal, the Tribesigns Overbed Table may just be the office addition you never knew you needed. It might seem ridiculous and high-profile at first—after all, it’s a Queen-sized desk on wheels—but it’s a clever solution for those seeking that traditional office feel at home, but don’t want to leave their bed. One Amazon reviewer confidently called it “the very best item I've purchased from Amazon,” while another joked that “my family and friends are afraid I will never leave my bed now—and they might be right.” Sounds like a purchase we could all get behind.
6. An angled lap desk to get comfy with
A major gripe that many shoppers have when it comes to lap desks is that they’re not one size fits all. Some lap desks have legs that are often too short, making it uncomfortable to jam your legs under such a narrow space. The Bay Aisle Home Flood Laptop Tray solves that problem, and then some, with its generous width and pull-out drawer for added storage. According to one Wayfair reviewer, they don’t feel cramped with the desk over them. Another shopper even notes that the desk also works for plus-sized bodies. If you’ve been nervous to bite the bullet on a true lap desk, this comfortable option may just convert you.
7. A bedside add-on that saves space
For bedrooms that are low on space, the BedShelfie may just be a more permanent option to alleviate your work-from-home woes. This bedside shelf got its start on Kickstarter and has kept a solid following of fans since. The BedShelfie has more than 4,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers praising its simple design and incredible function. One even wrote that the BedShelfie is the “most useful thing ever made by man,” and that “the inventor of the Wheel should be ashamed as his creation pales in comparison.” Toss your iced coffee on it with a notebook, your phone, and your glasses to keep them out of the way on the bed, or leave your laptop on it while you take a quick afternoon break. It’s effortlessly efficient.
8. A lap desk that's basically a pillow
Lap desks with a cushion underneath aren’t exactly a new concept, but the Mavocraft Lap Desk has our attention and for good reason: It doubles as a pillow. Walmart reviewers love that the pillow underneath is breathable and doesn’t overheat while sitting on your lap during extended usage. And if you’re in need of a quick nap during your lunch break, then pack your laptop away and flip it over for a soft and squishy pillow—just don’t forget to set an alarm.
9. A bed desk that’s ventilated
There’s really nothing worse than setting your coffee down and forgetting about it, but this Coolpad laptop desk prevents that problem right in its tracks. You can keep your cup of joe in reach with this top-rated option from Target that has a designated indent for your mug. Even better? You can flip up just half of the desk, leaving your coffee mug perfectly secured while you work without craning your neck. And let’s admit it: The cupholder on this one is reason enough to add it to your cart, but the bright and trendy shade of pink is too fun to pass up.
10. A lap desk that is extremely portable
If you’re working from your bed, then it’s pretty inevitable that you’ll be laying down at some point or another. That’s what beds are for, after all, but you can still comfortably work while you sink into your plush mattress. If you’re looking for a minimal option to work on without the added height, reviewers adore the AboveTEK laptop pad. There are no legs to adjust—instead, it’s a completely flat surface with thermal protection to keep your laptop from burning if it overheats mid-meeting. A retractable mouse pad extends to the left or right, so you can easily power through some work while laying down, making this a must-have for the Monday afternoon slump.
11. A foldable desk you can bring on the go
If you’re one of those people that only works from bed occasionally—like on Monday mornings when your coffee hasn’t quite kicked in yet—but later move to the couch, we found an office upgrade for you. This foldable laptop tray is made out of a soft fabric and velcro strips that allow you to easily break it down. You can grab the desk by its built-in handle and move it room-to-room, then easily store it away once the workday is done.
This could be a useful accessory for anyone with a public transit commute, as well. Once you’re headed back into the office, you can work comfortably from anywhere, whether it’s from your bed on WFH days or the cramped train seat on the morning ride in.
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