You already have an ergonomic set up at your work office where you spend the majority of your time, so do you really need to have your home office ergonomically equipped too? Most would probably speculate no, especially for those that spend little time in their home office except for the occasional few hours after work or on the weekend. Outfitting your home office with proper ergonomic equipment is just as important as your work set up at your job, particularly for those who work from home. When you are at work, you may have little say in regards to which office chair you get to use and what office furniture gets purchased. However, at your house, you are the boss of your office furniture, and therefor get the freedom to determine exactly what you want and need in your home office. With this freedom, you can ultimately decide what you want and need in order to make working at home a pleasant and pain-free experience.
- ergonomic office chair that is fully adjustable to meet your body’s needs and keep you sitting pain-free. The Office Chair – Perhaps the most critical piece of office furniture in any work environment is an office chair; the most used piece of furniture that can greatly contribute to your overall comfort. If you only use your home office chair for a few hours a day, you will want to make sure that your chair is comfortable and has at least a little bit of adjustability. Ideally you will want a chair that has seat height adjustment, reclining capabilities(typically known as tilt lock and tilt control), and some level of lumbar support for your lower back. If you work from home or use your home office chair for more than a few hours a day, you will want an
- keyboard tray is a beneficial ergonomic accessory useful in any office environment where hours of typing at a desk is required, whether you are at work or at home. The Keyboard – Ever experience aches and pains in your wrists or forearms while typing? This is the result of a poorly positioned keyboard and can lead to serious health injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome if not addressed. Your computer’s keyboard should not be placed on top of your desk as this will cause strain to your wrists. It is best to have a keyboard tray installed underneath your desk as this allows for the most natural typing position with your shoulders rested and arms in a comfortable position. A
- monitor arm which allows for quick and easy adjustment. Most monitor arms are designed to fit any monitor of any size and come with an easy to install clamp or mount that does not cause any damage to your desk. If you use a laptop in your home office, consider purchasing a laptop dock to avoid neck pain from tilting your head down to read your computer screen. The Computer Monitor - Your computer monitor should be properly adjusted so that the top of the monitor is at eye level or slightly below. You should not have to look up at the monitor because this will put strain on your neck and upper back. An easy way to properly position your computer monitor with minimal effort is with a
- footrest is a necessary addition for any office where your feet can not be firmly placed on the floor when sitting in your office chair. This may be the case if your desk height is higher than normal or if you are a shorter individual whose chair can not be adjusted low enough. A footrest is also a nice office accessory to have if you want to rest your feet or have something to prop them up on when reclining in your chair. While you may not find a footrest in every office you enter, it is a nice addition to have if you need a break from keeping your feet flat on the floor, especially if you have a movable footrest that encourages movement of the legs to help avoid cramping or stiffness. The Footrest – A
- task light should be placed on your desk close to your computer monitor so that you have proper lighting when looking at your computer screen. Task lights are a relatively inexpensive investment and are an important accessory to have in home offices where the lighting usually is not as adequate as it should be. Task Light – More often than not, the lights in our houses are not adequate for reading especially for long periods of time. Bad lighting can cause eye strain and an uncomfortable work atmosphere. Just as you would have a reading light for your books, a task light is a great office accessory to invest in when working at home. Your
Setting up an ergonomic home office requires minimal effort and time, however it can sometimes be more of an investment than one would hope for. The benefits you will receive from having an ergonomic home office will greatly outweigh the costs by saving you from unnecessary medical ailments that can occur from purchasing cheap office furniture or trying to cut corners in order to save money. Your overall health can be affected from having an improper work set up and can lead to serious medical issues down the road. Your home is where you feel most comfortably so your home office should not be any different.
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When purchasing any kind of computer, most people would generally only be concerned about having a monitor and some sort of stand for their monitor. As long as you have the computer, monitor, and stand you should be good to go, right? What people sometimes do not even think to consider is that a monitor arm can be extremely beneficial to add to your new or existing computer setup. Many might speculate how much added advantage there is in purchasing a computer monitor arm which is why we can take a look at some of the benefits to help you decide if it is worth the investment.
Perhaps the most vital reason to have a computer monitor arm is the importance of working in an ergonomic environment. By working in an ergonomic environment every piece of equipment used, whether it be your office chair or in this case the monitor which you use, is tailored to be adjustable to fit the unique individual’s body. Monitor arms are specifically designed to easily adjust the height of your computer screen and can be brought closer or farther away from your face to find the optimum reading position. A good rule of thumb to correctly position your monitor is to make sure that the top of the viewable area of your display should be approximately at eye level, or in a position that is comfortable for you and does not cause you to strain your eyes in order to read what is on the screen. Ergonomic experts say that an arms length away is a good indication to a correct viewing distance, but this may vary from user to user. This type of movement and flexibility is impossible to achieve without the use of a monitor arm.
Another added benefit of monitor arms, is that they can be used by virtually anyone with any kind of computer. First and foremost, those with a desktop computer will always need to have purchased a monitor to begin with. But even lap
top users, like myself, can benefit from a monitor arm as well. A few months ago I found myself straining my eyes to read the tiny print on my 13” laptop monitor and knew I needed to find a solution before I compromised my vision. With the purchase of a large monitor and a monitor arm, I could easily attach the monitor through a port in my computer to make viewing text much less strenuous on my eyes. Increasingly workstations are shared between more than one user, especially for jobs that stay open all day with multiple shifts. If you share your station at work with another colleague, with a few simple movements the monitor can be easily adjusted to the height and depth suitable for that individual
Monitor arms are especially advantageous when trying to make room or save space on a desk. Most stands provided by manufacturers consume a lot of room on a desk, whereas an ergonomically designed monitor arm will typically clamp to the back of a desk or be attached directly to a slat-wall leaving the desk space completely clear. An office space or work place will look much less cluttered, more stylish, and more organized with the addition of a computer monitor arm. Some even come in stylish designer colors, such as white and silver, to further enhance the modern design.
In the long run, the monitor arm will not only add style and design to any work space, but it may also reduce work related injuries such as repetitive strain injury and chronic back pain if used ergonomically correct. Monitor arms are also built to withstand the test of time; generally if monitor arms are used 5 days a week for 8 hours a day you can expect it to last at the very least 5 years. While the move to a monitor arm may seem like a risk, the benefits vastly outweigh any disadvantages.
Feel like Christmas and the holidays alwa
ys seem to sneak up on you at the last minute? One minute you are enjoying the summer sunshine and the next it seems to fast forward to Christmas. Instead of worrying about the hassle of making your way through the crowded aisles of the mall or camping out on the street before the big sale, Sitbetter has created our very own holiday gift guide for the 2009 season. The best part of all is you can get all your shopping done while sitting on your computer in your pajamas! So take a look at some of our top picks for our holiday gift guide for her office.
The Saffron I Dedicated Task Chair is a great chair for a petite or smaller user that needs ergonomic comfort and support. The chair is high quality, has a small curved backrest with built in lumbar support, and a comfortable padded seat available in 3 sizes.
Included features are: fully upholstered dual curve backrest, dual density molded polyurethane foam, small seat pan, back height adjustment, seat angle adjustment, back angle adjustment, back pivot and seat height adjustment, forward tilt lock out, standard life ranges 15.25″, 20.25″ smaller cylinders available, 24″ glass reinforced nylon high profile base, and 5 dual wheel nylon carpet casters.
The Presto offers perfect ergonomic support even for those with back pain.
The Presto Petite Series by Allseating provides quality and comfort with all the best options to create a fully customized ergonomic seating solution for people who need a smaller office chair. With over 20 different colors to choose between it won’t be hard for you to find your color of choice for the Presto, it even comes in purple if you are feeling bold!
The Presto comes with four control options including: posture back, synchro tilt, intensive task plus, and deluxe tilt j-bar.
Height adjustable arms accent the chair, while the locking tilt mechanism, with tension control afford easily adjustable for the user, Pneumatic seat height adjustment, nylon reinforced 27-inch base and dual wheel casters round out this chair’s features.
This chair comes equipped with a Six-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight capacity for a user of this chair is 250 pounds.
Ships ready to assemble. Assembly is not too difficult for those that are not crafty like myself and tools needed to put the chair together are shipped along with the chair. At only $99 this chair is a steal for the comfort and features offered.
Combining value with the stylish iconic look made popular by Eames – the Otto by Eurostyle represents a return of the modern retro.
Chromed steel frame with leatheratte seat and back available in 3 modern colors: Black, White or Dark Brown at no extra charge. Combining these with the chromed aluminum armrests and polished aluminum base, along with staple features such as a knee tilt mechanism with swivel, locking and height adjustment, make the Otto High Back a great modern seating choice for executives and managers alike.
My favorite color for the Otto is the white leather, definitely makes for a really modern and stylish chair that will make everyone envious.
This chair is perfect for anyone anywhere, whether you need a new chair for your home office or if you are looking to purchase several for the conference room. And of course, for friends/family for the holiday season!
The OST-108 by Office Star is is a solid and sturdy traditional wooden banker’s chair that will look great in a number of different settings. It has a wooden seat padded with 1″ vinyl covering for added comfort.
This chair is smaller, so you’ll like it in areas where you don’t want a big chair or you’re not really going to be sitting for longer periods of times. Banker’s chairs are the perfect decorative chair to have in the house, just make sure not to sit for extended periods of time or it may start to hurt.
Comes in three color combination’s- Fruit Wood with a black pad, Fruit Wood with a brown pad, or Black with a black pad.
Even if your Zip is for home, why not sit in style?
By providing full back contact and breathability, Zip Mesh delivers the support busy offices need to stay healthy, happy and productive – combined with the modern design and unique mesh, the Zip is sure to provide your team will have more productive meetings than ever before!
Make working at home or browsing the internet more productive by bringing a Zip home for the holidays. Many different fabric options are available to find the Zip color of your choice. My favorite is the Moguls Aquarium color!
Part of the Inertia family of seating, Inertia Upholstered Mid Back Task Chair fits in with practically any office environment – not to mention any budget.
Available in Executive, Conference, Task, Side and a Stool option, the Inertia Upholstered Seating Line provides support and comfort whether you’re sitting straight or leaning back.
Having sat in this chair before, I can assure you that it is not only modern and stylish, but also really comfortable. Even if you are sitting in this chair for extended periods of time, it will still feel comfortable 8 hours later.
Offering all the benefits of a traditional dynamic monitor arm – with none of the shortcomings – the M2 redefines high-performance monitor arms. Current-generation monitor arms utilize a bulky, failure-prone gas cylinder to support the weight of the monitor. The M2 instead uses an innovative mechanical spring to achieve exceptional performance and durability in a lightweight, ultra-thin design.
Available with white accents on a polished aluminum arm or a silver arm with gray accents.
The M2 comes with a bolt mount AND a clamp mount for installation on any surface.
I have one of these monitor arms in white myself and it definitely makes my office space look more sleek and stylish. I would definitely recommend one to anyone interested.
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co.’s® “Natural” and “Dark Cherry” Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats meld beauty, style and function to create an alternative to the bland, utilitarian vinyl chair mat. There is no product like this in the marketplace!
These Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats are incredibly durable and will add an elegant touch to any office or home office setting. Furthermore, these mats are easy to ship and easy to transport. No assembly required! Chair Mat is 8 mm thick, and features an anti-static natural rubber back.
Saving the Pandas, too: Anji Mountain’s Bamboo Chair Mats are made from Moso Bamboo, a species not in the Giant Panda diet. Furthermore, Anji Mountain Bamboo is sustainably harvested in the mountain range not inhabited by the Giant Panda.
Price: Starting at $135!
Personalized just for her with any name printed in the chocolate brown font shown within the colorful polka dot design. Work will be less dull and more colorful with the Crazy For Polka Dots Mouse Pad!
The rubber mouse pad features non-slip natural rubber base; measuring 8″ diameter. A full 1/4″ thickness keeps it in place. For a very inexpensive price this will be the perfect gift for both the office or even the home office.
Everyday convenience now at your fingertips with a simple glance to schedule today, next week and months ahead with personalization mall’s 15 Quotes© Personalized Perpetual Calendar. Choose from 14 popular quotes to provide daily inspiration. Or, you may opt to modify their quotes or write one of your own.They then delicately engrave the polished silver piece with any sentiment, personal or company name you choose. The elegant piece will provide a lifetime of style and function for any home or office desk top – just rotate the wheels to select the month, week and day to represent each month, year after year. Features: Cube-shaped piece measures 3″ square with an additional 1/2″ width, due to the protruding calendar dial, non-slip rubber base keeps in place, weighs approximately 2 pounds – the heavy weight also makes it ideal as a paperweight.
This Old World Italian trio includes two selections from Santa Cristina Antinori: clean, crisp compogrande orvieto white wine and fruity Tuscan sangioves. A third bottle of Tomaresca neprica, an earthy blend of negroamaro, primitivo and cabernet sauvignon from Puglia, Italy completes this trio.
Nestled alongside Baptista’s mozzarella cheese swirls, olives, Dolcetto chocolate wafers, dried fruit medley, asiago cheese spread, penne rigate pasta and much more, this authentic Italian ensemble is perfectly suited for those who enjoy the robust flavors of Italy.
If you know someone who loves wine and pasta, like myself, this seems like the perfect gift to get!
Who would have thought there was a wrong way to sit in an office chair? I guess there is a wrong way to do just about everything, but when it becomes detrimental to your health, that is when a real problem arises. In fact, sitting is harder on your back than standing. Studies have actually proven that sitting in a properly adjusted chair that encourages motion reduces cumulative trauma disorders to nerves, tendons, and the neuromuscular system. I, of all people, am extremely guilty of sitting in my office chair the wrong way, which is a very bad habit I am working on fixing. Over time, I have come up with about 3 strange, bad habit sitting positions I can’t seem to shake.
The first is my favorite, which is sitting cross legged/indian style while sitting in my chair. Overtime, I have learned that knee problems can develop from sitting in this position, as comfortable as it. Especially if one sits like this over the span of many years. Although I am still getting back support from my chair, I’m losing blood flow to my legs which can cause them to cramp up. This tends to happen a lot, forcing me to switch to another bad position.
Normally I then switch to putting my feet on a footrest. Now, I know you are thinking, what is wrong with using a footrest? Normally footrests are very effective…except when you are using another chair as a footrest. Footrests are supposed to make it so that your knees are at about a 90 degree angle because this position promotes the best circulation. My legs are completely straight when I use my chair/footrest which promotes VERy bad circulation!
The last bad position I tend to sit in, is with my back far away from my chair, slumped over on my desk. While this does help me read my computer monitor better, it also is causing cumulative trauma to my back. The best solution for this, is increasing the size of the font on the screen you are reading or getting a larger monitor with a monitor arm that will allow you to adjust how close the computer is to your face.
After reviewing all my bad habits, clearly it is time to break them and start sitting better in my office chair. Some tips I learned to prevent myself from sitting incorrectly are get up and move, keep the body in alignment while sitting in an office chair, choose ergonomic office chairs when sitting, and use posture friendly props. It is best to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half an hour or so for a few minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk. When sitting in an office chair, take advantage of the chairs features. Also if you are sitting in an ergonomic office chair, you are able to adjust the back for lumbar support. Footrests, portable lumbar back supports, or even a small pillow can be used while sitting in an office chair. And of course, posture is important! The proper way to sit in a chair is to keep both feet on the ground, sitting up straight, with your back firmly rested against the seat. Follow this advice and you will be sitting better in no time
Do you ever find yourself wondering how you could improve the space you work in at home? We found ourselves wondering the same and decided to do some research to find out how to make your home office healthier. After all you are going to be spending a lot of your day there so it is important to set up a design that works for you. There is nothing worse than working in an office you hate, especially when you are in the comfort of your own home. We have compiled some tips and tricks to make working at home or even just sitting in your home office space better. They worked for us; hopefully they will work for you too!
The first most important thing we learned is not to forget about making your office as ergonomic as possible in order to avoid a variety of health issues including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Syndrome, eye strain, and headaches. Ergonomics defined according to Wikipedia is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It seeks to ensure that tasks, equipment, information, and the environment suit each worker. People use their computers a large majority of the day making it important to use your computer ergonomically. Many experts recommend that the monitor is at least 20 inches away and that the top line of your screen is at or below your eye level. The monitor should be centered in front of the user and positioned to minimize glare. You may also need to adjust the angle of the screen, which can be easily accomplished with a computer monitor arm.
Perhaps the most important piece of equipment everyone should have is an ergonomic chair. After all most people spend a great majority of the day sitting in a chair whether they are at home or at work. The chair height must be adjustable. The user should be able to sit comfortably with their feet resting flat on the floor or on a footrest. The backrest should conform to the natural curvature of the user’s spine and provide adequate lumbar support. In addition, a good chair offers the appropriate seat width and depth to support each user’s unique body shape and size. Armrests should be padded and adjustable so the user can rest their arms comfortably, close to their body, with their shoulders relaxed. A chair on wheels/casters, that swivels and allows easy movement on the floor is also recommended.
Having good posture when you are sitting in your office chair is also essential and what many people don’t know is there is actually a correct way to sit in a chair. Far too many people sit incorrectly, by either slumping forward or slumping backward in their chair during the day, which can cause back pain. Feet are supposed to be flat on the floor and elbows should be at a right angle when typing. Keep wrists straight when typing, relax your shoulders, and keep your back in contact with lumbar support of your chair. Make sure to avoid leaning forward or backwards; keep your head and neck straight in order to prevent straining them.
Although it may cost a little extra to have ergonomic office supplies and equipment, but in the long run it is well worth the investment. It will save you from major health concerns and making your home office environment exceedingly more pleasant to work in. Position yourself and your equipment correctly to ensure a quality-working environment. Healthy working to you!
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