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Tips for Choosing an Ergonomic Desk

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Why go ergonomic?

Well, if you're asking that, you must not be an office worker, or sitting at a desk very often. If you do sit at a desk more than few hours at a time, then you already know- the average office-supplied desk that comes with your job is not exactly cozy or a haven of ergonomic well-being, Rather, they are too high, too low, too big, too small,and much too awkward for comfort.

What to look for in an ergonomic desk

  • Adjustability to meet your needs- Think of your keyboard tray, your monitor position, and the height of the actual desk work space. Some desks can even accommodate a sitting and/or a standing work position.
  • Clearance- You need enough space for your legs to clear the desk, and for your feet to rest on flat on the floor.
  • Adequate work space- The main work surface edge should be wide enough to accommodate the arms of your chair, usually about 24 inches to 27 inches. If the space is less than this, it will interfere with armrests and restrict your movement.

Tips for good ergonomics

  • Sit in a neutral position- meaning no limb should be cocked or angled to fit the desk. The desk should fit you.
  • Your monitor should be at eye level and at least 20 inches away- meaning you should not have to bend your neck down to see the screen.
  • Don't store things (even a CPU) under your desk- it will cramp you.
  • Keep important documents in a doc holder so you don' have to shuffle around, looking for them and so you can see them without changing
  • positions.
  • Use a wrist rest to support your wrists while you type to avoid RSI.
  • Keep any other frequently accessed items within reach so you don't overextend to get them.
  • Finally, keep your mouse in close proximity to your keyboard.

Possible ergonomic desk options