How to Set Up an Ergonomic Home Office

How to Set Up an Ergonomic Home Office

If you're new to working from home, setting up an ergonomic home office can help you stay comfortable when you're working. Some ways to make your home office more comfortable so you can avoid injuries and get more work done include choosing new office furniture, getting adapters for furniture you already own and changing your work habits.

Work Surface Height for Comfortable Neck Position

When you have to look down at your work, such a computer monitor or laptop screen that's placed too low, it causes neck and shoulder strain. This especially true if you're working for extended time periods. An easy fix for a monitor that's too low is to choose an adapter, such as a monitor stand or riser, to elevate your monitor so you can look straight at it.

Keyboard and Mouse Placement

Your forearms and wrists should ideally be in a position that's neutral, so nothing is wrenched or twisted when you type or use the mouse. You may need to raise or lower your chair to get your arms in a comfortable position for work. You may also need to move the keyboard and mouse to a different position or choose low-profile accessories that let you keep your hands in a neutral position.

Lumbar Support Using a Chair or Adapter

Supporting your lower back helps you position yourself correctly for greater comfort. Choose a chair that provides lumbar support; or, add an adapter, such as a lumbar cushion or pillow, to place behind your lower back area. This will help you sit upright while reducing the tendency to slouch forward, which may cause neck and shoulder discomfort.

Work Habits and Ergonomics

Allow yourself space to move around and make time for mobility breaks in your day. Staying in one position too long can put a strain on your body, impacting your circulation and giving you sore muscles when you get up. Schedule mobility breaks two or three times each hour to increase your comfort level and maintain proper ergonomics.

Adjusting your office workstation so it's comfortable can make your productive hours go smoothly. Choose one tip from this list to try out, or incorporate all of them when setting up your home office.

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