After the pandemic forced everyone inside, many companies switched employees to working remotely. In fact, 42 percent of employees now work from home. With a home office, life may seem simpler, but many people find there are more distractions, which makes it hard to stay productive. Creating a smart office may keep you focused and, perhaps increase your overall home value when done right.

Here's a quick view of top trends and gadgets for the home office so you can finish your work and move on with your day at home.

1. Comfortable Desk and Supportive Chair

When setting up your home office, you need a private place to work with your own desk and chair. You may even want to create a room for your home office. The good news is that these spaces lead to greater home value in the future, as many home shoppers look for extra rooms to turn into offices.

For example, the AiT One App-Controlled desk can make it easy to get into the right position for a long day of work at home.

Ideally, your desk makes it easy for you to work, and your chair has lumbar support to help your back. If you use a laptop, we recommend looking into gadgets like the MOFT Z 4-in-1 Invisible Sit-Stand Laptop Desk. This lets you work anywhere while achieving a healthy working posture.

2. Organize the Chaos

Working at home can be difficult if everything is a mess. You just want to clean and ignore work until your space is organized. Bookshelves, cube shelves, and hidden file cabinet storage can quickly add storage to your home office.

To keep everything organized, try the Twelve South StayGo USB-C Organized Desktop Hub. This lets you hide your computer's cable mess out of sight.

Some other perfect gadgets for organizing the home office include:

  • Sebastian Medrano OMI Whiteboard Room Divider
  • KINGFOM Multifunctional PU Leather Office Desk Organizer
  • Safco Products Right-Size Waste Recycling Station
  • Urbio Perch Starter Kit
  • PinPix Board

3. Stay Connected and Online

Working from home also means mastering video conferencing, WiFi connectivity, and web cams. For video calls, try the Lenovo ThinkSmart View Microsoft Teams Display. It provides a dedicated display to communicate with your employer and co-workers from anywhere.

There are also incredibly strong routers that can power your whole house, like the Amazon eero Pro 6 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router or the NETGEAR Orbi AX4200 WiFi 6 System.

4. Don't Miss a Thing in Meetings

With video conferencing apps like Zoom and Slack taking over, you'll be conducting a lot of meetings from your home office. It's important to have a great web cam and microphone, as well as other gadgets that ensure you won't miss a single important tidbit from your boss.

The TileRec Mini Voice-Activated Recorder is a discrete, fits-in-your-pocket recorder device that records high-quality MP3s. It can capture sounds within 15 feet and fits almost anyhwere.

5. Add Another Monitor

You won't believe how much an additional screen will aid in your productivity, but it's much easier organizing all of your work on-screen. You can use the SideTrak USB Screen Portable Dual Monitor to add another screen to your laptop without buying a whole new monitor. It works with all Mac, PC, and Chromebook laptops up to 17.5" screens.

What gadgets do you need in your home office? From new apps to storage to smart desks, there are so many potential ways to improve your work space.