How do you recognize an ergonomic desk?


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An ergonomic desk is recognized by the way that it affects the body's posture and the level of comfort it provides rather than the desk itself. An ergonomic desk combines proper chair height, key object and wrist positioning, adequate desk dimensions and proper monitor height to allow workers to sit or stand comfortably. Some people find that using a standing desk is more ergonomically sound than a traditional desk.

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How do you recognize an ergonomic desk?
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The chair of an ergonomic desk must offer lumbar support and allow users to sit with their feet resting on the floor comfortably. Adjust the height of the chair so that the knees are level with the hips, and place a cushion between the lower back and the back of the chair if it does not have built-in lumbar support. Adding a foot rest underneath the desk helps to ensure a natural sitting position if the chair's height makes it difficult to rest feet on the floor comfortably.

Key objects, such as telephone, stapler and work materials, must be close at hand to prevent unnecessary stretching. The computer's mouse must be within easy reach. The best location for the mouse is directly beside the keyboard to keep the wrist in a natural position when using it. Adding a wrist rest to the desk helps to minimize stress on the wrists while typing, as well. The desk itself must be at least 19 inches deep, 30 inches wide and 34 inches high. These measurements vary depending on the size of the user, but a desk of a different size works as long as there is clearance for the legs, knees and thighs underneath. The monitor must be placed at arm's length, directly in front of the user to prevent neck and eye strain.

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