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Designing an Ergonomic Work Station: Part 3

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Designing Your Dream Ergonomic Space

People often go to Home Depot, Lowe's, or even IKEA to get creative, practical ideas and tips for their dream kitchens, bathrooms, and house projects. I frequently find myself dreaming about my ideal ergonomic set-up in the space I currently have. You see, I wasn't always a stay-at-home online writer- in fact, I used to teach high school Spanish. In those days, I would have designed a completely different work space because I had more space and different needs. For example, I would have loved a wireless presentation keyboard or even a mobile stand for my laptop as I presented new concepts and vocabulary.

However, now that I now that I work from home 7 days a week, my needs and wants are quite different. I don't have a classroom I can leave behind at the end of the day- I have to live with my choices 24/7. So, if I could pick anything, here is what I would choose after a year+ of researching and writing about ergonomic products.

My Actual Work Station {Computing}

I mentioned in previous posts that I would design around the Sit or Stand WorkStation and the Body Bilt Ergonomic Chair. I'd add a Wireless Ergo Wave Ergonomic Keyboard and the Evoluent Ergonomic Mouse. With those 4 things in place, my actual desktop would be fairly complete. However, there are a few more little things I might like to have.

  • Double Wide Foot Rest- A foot rest is a great resource in keeping your feet "flat on the floor" because it's best for your posture and even your back. I chose the "double wide" not because I'm that big of a person, but I like that this foot rest has a bigger foot print {pun intended} which allows for more flexibility in foot placement.
  • A sound machine- Sound machines are great for tuning out office noise and distractions. No matter how focused you want to be, it's virtually impossible to be productive if your ear is constantly drawn to co-worker chatter or irritated by the overly-loud sales guy and his pitch you know verbatim. There are a number of sound machines out there, but my favorite for office work is the Sonet because of its uniform distribution and effectiveness.

If I got to design my own ergonomic work station and choose 2 accessory-type items, I'd choose the Double Wide Foot Rest for comfort and the Sonet sound machine for reducing distraction.