Here at Clear & Creative we spend most of the day sat in front of computers. When you’re office-bound, it’s easy to fall into bad habits, but sitting for hours in the wrong position can cause serious health problems. Getting your workstation set up right can make all the difference. Thanks to our friends at All Furniture Store for these five simple tips:
5 Ways to Improve Your Health with the Right Office Furniture
1 Make Sure Your Chair Is The Right Height For Your Desk
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin. What may feel comfortable when you initially sit down may not actually be the healthiest height of chair to be sitting in. As a rule, you shouldn’t have to be craning your neck downwards to see or read anything – notepad or screen. When you type, do your shoulders rise and your head lean forwards? If so, try lowering your chair. If not, you will end up with strained shoulder and neck muscles and a hunched posture. You should also avoid having to reach upwards at all.
2 Place Your Computer At Eye Level
Ideally you should be able to lower your chair to the point where your eyeline is level with the very top of your screen. If not, you can try raising your screen a little. Doing this will avoid you having tilt your head at an angle, which is an unnatural thing to do for hours on end, day after day. You should also place your monitor roughly arm’s length away from you and perform non-computer based tasks as frequently as you can. Have short breaks from the screen regularly if that isn’t possible.
3 Keep Your Feet On The Ground
Your feet should be resting flat on the floor. This aids both your back and hips. Sitting another way – such as crossed feet or legs – or with clutter preventing you from reaching the floor can cause posture and eventually back problems. Ask for a foot rest if your feet don’t reach the ground or additional storage equipment and space if clutter is the issue.
4 Place Your Back Straight Against The Back Of The Chair
“Sit up straight!” But this isn’t a manners thing and we aren’t going to make you put up your hand if you need to ask a question; it’s about looking after your back. Make sure your office chair is adjustable and supports your lower back. You should also be able to adjust the height and tilt of the chair so that your knees are just a fraction lower than your hips.
5 Invest In A Back Support If That Isn’t Possible
If you chair doesn’t allow this, make sure you get an additional back support. These can be placed onto the backrest of your chair and should rest flush against your lower back. With your feet and knees properly placed, the back support will ensure your pelvis and hips – as well as your back – are suitably supported, preventing any repetitive strain injuries.
At All Furniture Store they sell all types of furniture for offices, schools and workplaces, so they’re experts when it comes to offices and office furniture.