The importance of setting up an ergonomic workstation is increasing in our day-to-day life — especially with so many people working from home.
More or less we all know that constantly sitting in the wrong postures can cause acute health issues including stiffness, aches, a bent spine, and so on. So if you are someone who sits at a desk and works for hours, it’s time to think about converting your workspace into an ergonomic workstation.
Keeping your height and comfort in mind, you need to choose the right ergonomic equipment to set up the most suitable workspace for you. Here are the 7 most important things you will need to set it up.
1. A Comfortable Chair to Support Your Spine
Whenever you choose a perfect ergonomic chair, consider your height first. Usually for short people, a 14-18 inch chair height is the most perfect fit. But if you are a fairly tall person, then you will likely find your perfect fit for chair height is in between 18-24 inches.
However, always look for whether your lower and mid-back feel cushioned when you press your back against the backrest. The best ergonomic chairs are supposed to support the natural S curve of your back.
An additional lumbar-support pillow and a seat cushion can ensure maximum comfort. So if your chair doesn’t feature these, you can always add them to your seating arrangement.
2. A Desk at a Suitable Height
A height-adjustable desk is the best option for setting up an ergonomic workstation, especially if you are planning to work from a coworking space.
Since more than one person might use a desk in a shared workspace, a height-adjustable desk will allow everyone to adjust it accordingly.
But if you have your personal workspace, you should always choose a desk at the height where the display and keyboard will sit at the right level.
3. An Ergonomic Keyboard
While choosing an ergonomic external keyboard, place the keyboard at the right position and move your hands over the keyboard as if you are typing.
If your keyboard doesn’t make your hands and shoulders stressed by forcing your fingers into the keys, then congratulations! You found the right one already.
An adjustable ergonomic keyboard can be another good option if you prefer. In that case, you need to know the steep learning curve for typing on a split keyboard.
4. A Mouse with a Suitable Size and Shape
Constantly moving your hands in an uncomfortable position can strain your hands and shoulders.
There are various sizes, grips, and shapes available for mouses. At the minimum, you can make sure that the mouse fits right in your hand and offers a comfortable and smooth grip.
If you find your wrists get stressed too often, then you probably have chosen the wrong mouse or mouse placement for your hands.
5. Clear and Good Lighting
Your workstation should have an abundance of light. Poor light can cause eye strain and might also crane your neck at an uncomfortable angle.
Natural light has no better alternatives. So if there is enough natural light source in the room you work, then let the windows open. But if there is a shortage of natural light sources in your workstation, arrange good and clear lighting.
Make sure your eyes are not strained by looking at the monitor for a long time.
6. A Display Set with The Right Height and Distance
While setting up an ideal workspace, place your monitor or laptop display at such a height that does not require you to crane your neck to look at.
Your eyes level should be about 2-3 inches below the top of the monitor and the screen should be only one arm’s length away from you. If you are using a laptop, then you might need a laptop stand.
However, if you tend to work for hours looking at the computer display, do not forget to use some Blue Light Filters.
7. Stress-Reducing Tools
Working for a long time causes fatigue and stress. To reduce your work stress, you can decorate your workspace with some houseplants since looking at green plants reduces your eye strain.
You can also use noise-canceling headphones if you feel stressed and cannot concentrate on work.
Additionally, you can mist some refreshing scents into your workstation. It might make you feel calmer and more focused.
Setting up an ergonomic workstation helps you a lot in preventing stress, fatigue, and aches. However, you should always take a break every hour and do some easy but effective desk exercises to keep you relaxed and fit.