Choosing Ergonomic Furniture For Home or Office
by Kenny Rhoads
Selecting new Furniture For Home Offices can be exciting and fun but it’s advisable to do your homework on what kind to buy. While style and attractiveness is certainly desirable, of greater importance is whether each major item promotes and facilitates a healthy work style. For example, ergonomic standing desks have become very popular in the last decade, as have ergonomic chairs. After all, spending long hours working can cause certain kinds of tension and strain in particular muscle groupings causing injury, illness and even compromising productivity. Consequently, knowing ahead of time which ergonomic benefits will serve you best is advisable.
• The Standing Desk: Likely, the most important piece of furniture you’ll choose is the desk. The adjustable height standing desk, otherwise known as a sit stand desk, offers optimal ergonomic benefits. It improves overall health, helps you lose weight by burning more calories (while standing), reduces cancer risks by 30%, heart disease by 46%, decreases back and neck strain, reduces carpel tunnel syndrome and boosts overall mental clarity.
• The Ergonomic Chair: Even individuals who may want to stand more while working will need an ergonomic chair when doing sit-down tasks. Choose a chair that can be easily centered, has reliable, upright back support and places you directly in front of your keyboard or other equipment you may use. Much like the adjustable height workstation, the ergonomic chair should also be adjustable so that you are not causing undue muscle strain from a fixed position chair. Of particular importance is the chair’s adjustability for the back, seat, arms and height, so that it ensures your feet can be placed flat on the floor.
• The Ergonomic Keyboard: Whether using in the sitting or standing position, it is important your hands rest comfortably and naturally on the keyboard. Ergonomic keyboards are set at an angle that keeps your hands and wrists in proper alignment with the board, your body and the rest of your equipment. When purchasing furniture for home offices, we also recommend getting ergonomic wrist rests such as contour beanbags to support wrists, relieve pain and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
• The Ergonomic Mouse: Shaped to fit the contours of your hand, the ergonomic mouse is a very helpful addition to completing a healthy workstation. It promotes natural wrist action through its shape and the angle by which it is moved.