If you work from home, it may start to feel like you live at your desk. Especially if you’re a new remote worker due to the pandemic.
It is likely you will be working from home for a while, so be sure to invest in some ergonomic furniture for your home office space. Ergonomic furniture will allow you to work from home in comfort and even improve your work productivity.
Since you’re likely to be sitting a lot, the first thing you’ll need to buy is an adjustable, ergonomic chair for your home office. While every home workstation is different, below are a few features every ergonomic chair should have.
The features of a good ergonomic work chair include a good backrest that can support your back throughout the day. The back of your chair should extend from the shoulders to the seat as well as curve to support the lower back and lumbar spine.
A good ergonomic chair will also have adjustability features. For example, your chair should have adjustable armrests that evenly support your arms while you work. Your ergonomic chair should also be able to adjust in height. Height adjustment is important to ensure that you are at eye level with your computer monitor. Height adjustment will also prevent your neck from staying at an uncomfortable angle.
Sitting in a chair with a good back helps prevent injury to your spine and promotes excellent posture. You will experience less back and shoulder pain sitting in a ergonomic chair with good support.
Once you have your ergonomic chair, be sure to read our blog about the perfect sitting posture for viewing your computer monitor.
Every setup is different, so be sure to contact an ergonomics consultant for more help.
Choosing the right ergonomic desk.
After you have chosen the right chair for your ergonomic home office setup, it’s time to start thinking about options for your ergonomic desk.
There are a few key elements you will need to consider before choosing the right desk for your home office setup. Some of these elements include the equipment space (keyboard mount, space for your mousepad, etc.) and other aspects like available leg clearance between your desk and chair. Additionally, you will need to consider the height of your desk to ensure your monitor is at eye-level, whether you’re sitting or standing.
Having a desk that can adjust may help but getting it perfect may be a bit tricky. We must suggest that you look into getting an ergonomics assessment to decide what works best for you.
You may also want to consider investing in a standing desk. While there has been a healthy debate about sitting versus standing at work, it seems a healthy balance between the two is key. A standing desk will allow you to have variety during your workday, as you can choose to alternate between sitting and standing while you work.
Consider investing in an ergonomics assessment for your home office setup.
Your furniture selection may vary based on things like body size, height, right- or left-handedness. The best way to ensure your home office setup is comfortable and productive is to hire an ergonomics consultant. Due to the pandemic, companies like Solutions Northwest Inc. have setup virtual ergonomic assessments for remote workers.
A virtual ergonomics assessment will allow you to assess your needs from the comfort of your home office. All you need is access to a phone or e-mail. Generally, this is an affordable option either for yourself or your employees and it will pay off with a more productive and pain free workday.
Investing in your home office ergonomics leads to a happier and healthier workday.
The foundation of every home office setup is investing in good, reliable, ergonomic furniture. You’re likely to be using your home office for at least 8 hours a day, so you’ll need to make sure you pay close attention to your home office setup.
When you’re comfortable, happy, and pain-free – your work becomes much easier. If you’re ready to invest in your home office setup, contact us today for a virtual ergonomics assessment.
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