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How to set-up your desk correctly

by Back2


Posted on 11th December 2015


In this post we explain how you should set-up your desk and workstation so that it is ergonomic and can improve both your comfort and productivity.

Set your desk height

Most office desks are static and fixed at 72-75cm high which may not be the correct height for you when you have set up your chair correctly. A desk height that is too low can cause a 'C' shaped spine and musculo-skeletal pain. A desk that is too high will cause the shoulders to 'shrug' leading to neck tension.

Standing Desks are electronically height adjustable at the touch of a button. Alternatively Desk Raisers sit under the desk feet to increase height by 3cm increments.

How to setup your desk correctly - Desk Raisers
How to setup your desk correctly - Sit Stand Desk

 

Set-up your Monitor

Set the monitor screen at arms length and at a height where the top of the screen is at eye level. A Monitor Arm is a great product to raise the monitor to the desired height. Position the screen at 90 degrees to any light source avoiding glare/reflections.

Have regular eye checks and ensure, if you need glasses, that you select the appropriate lenses for VDU use.

How to setup your desk correctly - Monitor Problem
How to setup your desk correctly - Monitor Arm Solution

 

Set-up your Keyboard and Mouse

The keyboard and mouse should be within zone of easy reach. It is useful to be ambidextrous with the mouse so that either arm can be rested if doing a lot of mouse work.

To bring the mouse closer to your body, a shorter (300mm) keyboard is advantageous if the numerical keypad is not required.

How to setup your desk correctly - Keyboard Mouse Problem
How to setup your desk correctly - Keyboard Mouse Solution

 

Set-up your Telephone

Cradling the phone between your neck and shoulder causes severe muscle tension.

If you regularly use the phone, consider a headset.

How to setup your desk correctly - Headrest Problem
How to setup your desk correctly - Headrest Solution

 

Utilise Document Holders and Writing Slopes

When referring to paperwork, use a Document Holder to position the data to prevent prolonged periods of neck flexion.

A Writing Slope reduces the viewing distance, lessens eye strain and encourages a balanced posture.

How to setup your desk correctly - Document Problem
How to setup your desk correctly - Document Solution

 

Using a Laptop?

All the above principles apply. If using a Laptop for extended periods, a height adjustable stand and seperate keyboard/mouse is recommended.

A laptop stand should also be used to place the laptop in the most ergonomic position.

How to setup your desk correctly - Laptop Problem
How to setup your desk correctly - Laptop Solution

 


Posted in on 11th December 2015 by Back2.