April 11, 2022
Making Your Home Office Layout Healthier
Whether you’re working from home now or spending more time in the home office in retirement, you’ll want to go through a home office checkup to make sure that your setup is ergonomically friendly like your desk was back in the day when you worked in an office.
Centers Health Care has a look at four key points to make sure that poor posture doesn’t lead to problems down the road.
- Set Desk at Proper Height
Your desk should be at a level where your elbows are at a 90-degree angle while you type. If you have a chair that you can raise to reach this level, that should be your first option. Additionally, you can get a keyboard tray that clamps to the desk if your chair is at a fixed height and isn’t high enough.
- Don’t Use a Kitchen Chair
You should have an office chair that can be adjusted in height and has rollers, armrests and back support. Sit back against the back of the chair and adjust the height so your feet are flat on the ground with your legs bending at the knee at a 90-degree angle.
- Line Up Your Monitor
Your monitor should sit on the desk to where the top edge of the screen is directly in line with your eyesight. If it’s too low, you will strain your neck to look down at it.
- Make Sure There’s Enough Light
As we get older, we need more targeted light while working, especially if you’re trying to read things at the desk. A reading lamp or desk lamp can help even when using the computer to reduce strain on the eye.