Finally, it’s time to revamp your workspace.
Whether you’re at home or the office, an ergonomic desk setup can help you achieve more and feel better.
Are you using two monitors? No problem.
You can configure a perfectly balanced ergonomic desk setup with two monitors without too much effort. You just need to know the basics.
I’ll help you with that.
Keep on reading!
Our desk ergonomics guide starts with one of the most essential components – the computer monitor.
First of all, you need to make sure that you’re at least an arm’s length away from the screen at all times. Placing your monitor too close or too far away is equally bad.
The monitor should be directly in front of you, with the top of the screen at eye level.
Remember: adjust the monitor to your natural posture, not the other way around. In other words, don’t strain your neck or hunch over to see better.
Another essential tip is to minimize screen glare, as it is one of the main factors for eye strain and headaches. So, adjust the brightness of your screen, use dim lights, and avoid placing your computer screen next to direct sunlight.
Naturally, everything from the above section applies here with a couple of additional tips.
For proper desk ergonomics – always use an external keyboard and mouse for your laptop. However, in case you don’t have those with you, here’s what you can do:
Nowadays a lot of professions require using two monitors. It’s simply more efficient and productive to have two screens to look at and multitask.
You might think setting up two monitors on an ergonomic table is a tedious task.
The good news is – it’s not.
Here’s the deal:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nasty condition that can affect the way you live. Although in most cases, the cause remains unknown, there are a few major risk factors, including repetitive wrist work, genetics, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s best if you take preventive measures before symptoms occur. The first step is to be mindful of how you use your hands. Think about all the awkward positions you place them in or all the repetitive movements you make.
Can you avoid them? Are you aware of the correct positions?
These are the steps you can take:
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and it’s hard for you to follow the advice above, consider using wrist splints.
Whether you’re using a fully ergonomic chair or a regular one, there are some fundamental rules you should follow to optimize your comfort while sitting.
Let’s have a closer look at each individually.
Ergonomic chairs come with advanced functionalities that allow maximum customization for your sitting experience.
For example, an adjustable pneumatic lever can help you regulate the height and make it much more comfortable for your back.
You can make the same adjustments to lumbar support, seat width, and depth, armrests, etc. You can see how this chair allows much more freedom.
The ordinary chair does not have all the advanced features of the ergonomic one. Still, most of us are used to that forward-leaning posture, which is a natural consequence of uncomfortable chairs.
But the fact we’re used to it doesn’t mean it’s right. We could and should change it. The thing you need to know is…
Here’s the complete list:
How do you like your new ergonomic desk setup?
You’ll start feeling the benefits in no time, I guarantee it.
In fact, I bet in time you will start teaching other people about proper ergonomic workstation design.
A: Place your monitor at the center of the desk. Align your keyboard to the center of the monitor. Place your mouse close to your keyboard. Keep everything you frequently use within arm’s reach.
A: You can start by getting a sit-stand workstation that will allow you to modify your desk’s height and work standing. Still, even without a standing desk, you can set up your workstation ergonomically by placing your monitor an arms away from your eyes. Keep the top of the screen at eye level. Place your keyboard at the center of the monitor. Adopt a proper sitting posture, as described above, relax your shoulders and keep your wrists straight, and don’t forget to take frequent breaks to stretch and exercise.