SYNOPSIS: Learn tips and tricks from a certified ergonomic specialist to properly setup a computer workstation when at home. Use the furniture you already have to make it a place you can work comfortably.
Learn how to setup your home computer workstation
BY: Allen Yagjian, Ergobility LLC
You’re not alone if you are struggling to find the right desk or chair to setup a decent computer workstation at home. You’ve already gone through the hundreds of generic keyboards and mice on Amazon and can’t figure out what would work best for you. Well, that’s when it is good to call upon an ergonomic specialist to help you. Otherwise, you can spend hours reading up on blogs, articles, and other resources to get it right. The place to start when developing your computer workstation is to get the height and distance of everything adjusted properly. You want to have your feet firmly supported either on the floor or a footrest. This will ensure that your lower back muscles are not working overtime and your upper back is not strained leaning forward. The back of the chair needs to have lumbar support protruding into your back so that you can open up your shoulders wide and encourage mobility in your shoulders more.
The desk should be at your seated elbow height which will allow you to keep your elbows under your shoulders and keep your shoulders moving while you use the mouse and keyboard. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of recouperation. So it is important to keep your ears, shoulders, elbows, and hips all in alignment when seated. The workstation should encourage you to do so. You should not have to keep being aware of your posture. It should not feel difficult to do, rather it should naturally encourage you to maintain a supportive posture while feeling comfortable.
Distances should also be properly maintained. Keep your chair close so that your keyboard allows you to use it without extending your shoulders forward. Also, keep your keyboard about 3 to 4 inches from the front of your desk to ensure that your forearms don’t lean onto the desk. Keep your displays a bit more than 2 feet from your eyes. A trick is to reach forward with your back against the back of the chair and if you can almost reach your displays, you got it right!
The shape and size of the mouse and keyboard are important and these nuances really need a specialist to determine. These folks can observe you work and make this determination based on their extensive knowledge of equipment out in the market.
These are the tricks and tips but if you should happen to need more help find out from a certified ergonomic professional. If you have a workforce that is hybrid or entirely remote and dealing a lot with Workers Compensation Cases? Call ERGOBILITY website and schedule a training with our safety specialist today! Check out more information using this link.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BIO: An ergonomic professional that earned a master’s degree in ergonomics with extensive experience designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic, cost-effective programs and solutions. He is quick at identifying risks and potential errors in proposed and current products, procedures, and processes.