Are you stuck working from home during the pandemic? Read on to learn how you can best set up your home office in a few simple ways.
Today, the majority of the people are working from home due to Covid-19. If till now you had been working in different areas of your house, with no designated work station, you should continue reading! You can make your own comfortable and safe home office setup with a few ergonomic tips, using items from around the house or with inexpensive purchases. It will definitely lower the chance of any injury and maximize your comfort, which can help you stay focused and productive.
Find below some easy ways of making your home office setup. It would be best to contact a local ergonomic trainer to help you make one so that your work is never interrupted by any pain or injury.
Correct Work Height
A correct work height is a key to a good posture and no backpains. This can be ensured if the desk and chair are of the right height. So, make sure to follow the industry standards according to which it is 29 inches from the floor to the top of the work surface. However, you can make one on order according to your height- as tall people might prefer a higher height and short people might prefer a lower height. You can also choose desks that have adjustable heights from the feet.
Moreover, make sure to get a mouse and keyboard tray if you have space. If not, you can lower your desk to the tray height. If you also write on paper while working, you can get a writing surface, such as a thin cutting board.
There are several badly produced chairs available that can injure you or damage your vertebra if you use a computer for a prolonged period of time. Many people make the mistake of using deck and dining chairs, which aren’t of the right height, resulting in a bad posture.
Therefore, make sure to get a chair that provides lumbar support for the lower back, roll, has an adjustable arm height, seat pan tilt, and lateral arm position. The armrest is useful only if you use it correctly. This means your forearm should rest very lightly on the armrest without any pressure from your arm onto the armrest. It will remind your arm to sit straight.
Lighting has a significant impact on the working environment and your productivity. Even though you may have adequate indirect light to brighten your workspace so you can easily see and read things, another good option is overhead lighting, e.g. from a ceiling lamp. You can also diffuse natural light with curtains, so it doesn’t create glare.
Moreover, make sure not to place a lamp beside the monitor as it may create glare too. Don’t put them in the direct area of vision when you are working on the computer.
Hire an Ergonomic Company!
If you have been working on the bed or couch, it’s time to prioritize your health before it’s too late. Only a healthy body and mind can stay productive. So carefully consider your home office ergonomics and feel the difference!