An ergonomic workspace is extremely important for the good of your mind, body, and soul. Not only does a good workstation alleviate stress, but it increases productivity and creativity so that you can get your work done properly. Having your body hunched or extending at awkward angles can put a lot of strain on your muscles, which can encourage the onset of health issues that we know you don’t need. This is why it’s imperative to know how to set up an ergonomic workstation.
If you’re curious to know how to set your desk up ergonomically so that you can get work done efficiently, we’ve put together a simplified list with all the necessary guidance for you.
How to Set Up an Ergonomic Workstation
Position Your Monitor
If you’re someone who experiences constant headaches during work, you may not realise that it could be because of the way your monitors or laptop are positioned. It’s important to make sure your neck and eyes aren’t straining to look at the screen. You can position your monitor/s at just the right angle that takes the pressure off of your neck by:
- Centring the monitor above your keyboard and directly in front of you
- Positioning the top of the monitor around 2 to 3 inches above seated eye level
- Sitting at least an arm’s length from your screen then adjust the distance for your vision
- Reduce any glare by carefully positioning your screen: whether that’s by tilting from the side, up or below (depending on how your monitor can turn)
If you’re using a laptop, it’s a good idea to invest in a laptop stand where you can prop the device on top and adjust it to the appropriate reading level. These are great for those who use a laptop as a dual monitor, giving you the ability to sit your laptop at the same height as your primary screen.
Get the Right Chair
Having a good chair will also provide the necessary support for your back, legs, buttocks, and your arms while also reducing the risk of any awkward positioning. It also reduces contact stress and any forceful exertions while maintaining comfort for the hours you work. How to set your desk up ergonomically with the right office chair is as simple as:
- Pushing your hips as far back into the chair as they can go
- Adjusting the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor
- Making sure your knees are equal to, or slightly lower than your hips – you can also use a footrest if need be.
- Adjusting the back of your chair to make sure your upper and lower back are supported properly (some people even sit on cushions or small pillows).
- Adjusting the armrests so your shoulders can relax. If they are in the way, you can simply remove them.
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Keyboard and Mouse
How to set up an ergonomic workstation comes all the way down to the type of keyboard and mouse you’re using and how they are positioned on your desk. Doing this the right way can help reduce the risk of awkward posture, repetitive and unhealthy movements along with contact stress. Make sure you are doing the following:
- Setting the keyboard directly in front of your body
- Keeping your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your sides
- Maintaining your wrist posture by making sure they are straight and in line with your forearms
- Keeping the mouse close to your keyboard to eliminate strain
- Alternating the mouse between each hand
- Using available keyboard shortcuts to reduce any extended use
Switching out your generic desk for a standing desk is one of the best things you can do for your body and work productivity. It gets you off your chair periodically and promotes healthy blood circulation and gives your muscles the chance to stretch out. Setting up your standing desk includes:
- Adjusting the desk to a height where your elbows are at your sides
- Allowing your wrists to be positioned in line with your forearms
- Making sure your back or shoulders aren’t slouching and hunching over the desk
- Brings your computer to eye/reading level and takes the pressure off your neck
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Taking intermittent breaks from sitting down can also help alleviate any stress or fatigue you may be feeling. This gives your body the chance to stretch any tightened muscles, rest your eyes from looking at the screen and gives your blood a chance to properly circulate from your body to your brain.
If this helped you better understand how to set your desk up ergonomically and you’re ready to get started, browse our range of standing desks and height adjustable gaming desks online today! To make a purchase or for more about our products, get in touch with our team on 07 3063 2143, email us at [email protected] or, visit us at Unit 1, 238 Lytton Road, Morningside to get started!