We’re all built differently, so our desks should be, too! Prioritising your ideal desk height is something that’s often overlooked until you actually sustain an injury or strain. Wrists, shoulders, neck, eyes and back are the main components you need to think about when adjusting a desk, before you sustain an injury.
Benefits of a Standing Desk
It’s become more and more apparent that sitting for prolonged periods of time is no good for our health, which is why standing desks are growing in popularity. The benefits of a standing desk are endless: alternating between sitting and standing during your workday can help to avoid common back, shoulder and neck strains, health risks like poor blood circulation, and unwelcome weight gain!
Height Adjustable Working Desk
A standing desk gives you the freedom of switching between sitting and standing using a quiet and energy efficient motor.
In addition, consider the following:
• When sitting, feet should be resting comfortably and flat on the floor. If they’re dangling, invest in a good, non-slip footrest.
• Correctly adjusting the desk means wrists are not flexing upwards or downwards to use your keyboard or mouse: elbows should be bent at a 90 degree angle, and wrists should remain neutral, not strained.
• Shoulders should be relaxed, not bunched up.
• The computer screen should be as far away from you as possible where you can comfortably read text but do not have to strain your eyes. A monitor arm adds to good office ergonomics by giving the flexibility of adjusting the height, depth and angle of your computer screen whenever it needs adjusting.
Storage and Functionality
Whether you’re using your desk for computer work, writing, paperwork or meetings, you can benefit from storage functions which can help to keep your desk organised:
- A keyboard tray is great if you alter between typing and writing, as you can roll it out of sight when it’s not needed.
- A computer holder can save valuable desk space and keeps your computer cool by increasing airflow.
- Desk cable trays reduce tripping hazards and neatly contain wires from multiple devices.
Looks aren’t everything, but finding a desk that is ergonomically satisfying as well as being stylish wouldn’t be denied!
Ergomotion’s electric, height-adjustable desks are sleek and come in neutral colours, so they are adaptable to different office layouts. They also boast quiet operation and an unobtrusive motor and control panel.
Comfortable Sitting Chair
Each component of your workstation can be adjusted and altered to create a comfortable and ergonomic environment.
Finally, a comfortable sitting chair will ensure your back is supported, protecting delicate vertebrae. A quality office chair improves posture and overall comfort. Additionally, you can increase your productivity and decrease the risk of work-related injuries.
The pairing of your desk and chair is crucial to maintaining proper ergonomic health and safety.
Your chair height mixed with your desk height should combine to create a comfortable, relaxed, strain-free working environment.
Raise your chair if your legs aren’t comfortably flat on the floor. Lower your desk if you notice you’re lifting your shoulders.
It takes a little manoeuvring and adjusting, but when you get it right, your body will thank you!