How to get your office desk and chair working in harmony, according to ergonomics

Ergonomic office desk
Are your desk and chair causing problems with your back?

How many times have you get up from your desk for a coffee or break, only to find your lower back aches, your legs are stiff and your body generally fails to respond to your commands? Most of us have experienced this, sometimes on a regular basis.

As a matter of fact, the majority of working people are not working with a set-up that is conducive to good posture and musculoskeletal health. Ergonomics is the study of how efficient people are within their working environment.

However, we more commonly know it as the ways in which we set up our desk, chair, monitor height and the like.

Why are ergonomics important?

Without the study of how we relate to our working environment, it’s impossible to know how to improve it. Ergonomics has shown us a number of ways in which we can improve our workspace in order to reduce poor posture, back pain, muscle ache and a host of other negative symptoms of sitting at our desks for long periods of time.

Consequently, we know there are a number of things we can do to improve this. Sitting for long periods of time at a desk can be extremely detrimental to your health so it’s in your best interests to make your working environment safe and comfortable.

Get your office desk and chair working in harmony!

Here are a number of factors to consider:

  • Posture – Do you sit far from the desk, reaching for your mouse or keyboard? Do you slump in your chair? It’s important to sit close to the desk so that you don’t over-reach and you should have your arms and legs both bent at 90 degree angles.
  • Height – How high is your chair? Do your feet reach the floor, or dangle in mid-air? Are you eye-height to your computer monitor, or do you have to strain your neck up or down? You should be able to comfortably sit with your feet flat on the floor and your monitor should be directly at eye height to avoid neck strain.
  • Height of work surface – if you are tall, you might consider raising your work surface in order that you can reach it better. Consequently, the reverse is true if you are smaller.
  • Back support – it’s crucial that your back is supported throughout the day to prevent slumping. Proper back support should gently hold your back in its optimum position without pain or causing you to slump.

Next Day Status office desks

Now that you know what to look for in ergonomics, it might be worth considering getting rid of your old desk completely. There’s often only so much you can do to improve your work environment if the furniture was poorly designed or mismatched to start with. The Next Day Status office desks could be your answer.

Our range of Status office desks are stylish and functional. They come in wave, rectangular or the all-important ergonomic designs and are complete with a modern gloss finish. Because they are available for next day delivery, you could be enjoying better posture from tomorrow onwards.

You can also choose from a range of complimentary pedestals, bookcases and cupboards, all of which can help you to design a workspace that is practical, inviting and above all else, ergonomically sound. Find out more here or talk to our sales advice team for more information.

John

Head of cool things at Office Furniture
Bit of this, bit of that but love cats.

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