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.
Many people don't take the time to consider the damage that can be done by working on a desk that isn't properly adjusted. The dangers of working this way are simply overlooked.
When adjusting a desk, it is best to think about strain that could potentially be put on your neck, eyes, wrists, shoulders and back.
Advantages of a standing desk
It's become more and more apparent that sitting for long periods of time is not good for our health, which is why standing desks are becoming more popular.
Standing desks have many benefits: alternating between sitting and standing during the workday can help to avoid 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 ability to switch 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.
- Adjusting the desk correctly 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 tensed 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 recommended if you alter between typing and writing, as you can roll it out of sight when necessary.
- 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.
Ergomotion is a specialist in the supply and manufacture of electric, height-adjustable desks. Its range of desks are sleek and come in neutral colours, so they are adaptable to different office environments. 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.