chair and deskA workstation that’s specifically designed with your body in mind will go a long way towards decreasing your pain while on the job, keeping you focused on the tasks at hand and ready to brainstorm the kind of ideas that are sure to snag you a promotion. But more often than not, it can be difficult to get your desk in sync with your chair. One or the other can be too high, too low, or otherwise not customized to your individual body.

Chair and Desk Ergonomics

To fix this (and along the way, design your dream workstation), it’s important to understand that the best workstations will guide your muscles into ideal positions, keeping your elbows and knees at right angles, your neck in a neutral position and your spine aligned. It’s not about getting you so comfy that you feel like you’re on the couch at home. Which, by the way, has some ergonomic issues of its own!

Once you’ve got this picture clear in your mind, it’s time to start adjusting your furniture or investing in new furniture so that it’s perfectly formed to fit you. The best fit will prevent you from sitting too high so your ankles won’t swell. Good ergonomic chairs will provide ample lumbar and arm support, guiding you into an upright position. An ergonomic desk will be adjustable, so you can always tweak the position to better suit your needs. Or even move it nice and high so you can spend the day working on your feet.

There is much more to say on this subject, for which we highly suggest reading 11 Ergonomic Tips for Synchronizing Your Workstation and Your Office Chair. The article provides ample tips for designing a workstation catered specifically towards your body. With its tips in mind, you’ll be sure to enjoy a happier, more productive work experience. Good luck!