If you are one of the many Albuquerque residents who have made the switch to working from a home office since the on-slaught of COVID-19, making your home computer ergonomic should be a top priority.
While working in a traditional office environment might have instilled discipline in your posture, arm and foot position, and monitor height, the beginning of the work-from-home year might have eradicated the discipline and proper ergonomics as you sat in bed, on the floor, or at the kitchen table to work.
Is It Necessary to Make Your Home Computer Ergonomic?
In the US, millions of people suffer from WMSD (Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders) such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome every year. The cause for the disorder is due to workers who do not adjust their computer workstations ergonomically. Ergonomic workstations, even at home, will prevent these physical ailments and improve your focus.
Keep reading for our best suggestions to make your home computer more ergonomic.
Multiple Factors to Make Your Home Computer Ergonomic
As you explore the options for making your home computer ergonomic, the first step is to consider your body – your height, limbs and eyesight. The ideal ergonomic positions for you will not only be physiologically more comfortable but will also affect your psychology and focus.
As you review our suggestions for home computer ergonomics, keep in mind that most of these changes and ideas are easy to adopt, but others might take slightly more effort. The main purpose is to help you make the most of your computer without any physical problems.
Your desk should have enough space to comfortably place your knees, feet, and thighs. With a congested space under the desk, you will be unable to place your legs properly when you move forward towards the computer. If the computer desk that you are using is too high, consider raising your chair. If the table is too low, you can place small and equal-sized blocks under each leg of the desk. Place enough blocks underneath the table to increase its height appropriately while maintaining stability.
Avoid storing items under the desk which may make you uncomfortable when you try to place your legs underneath.
A spine-supporting and completely ergonomic chair is not difficult to come across. Find a chair that doesn’t leave an area of your spinal curve unsupported and a seat that extends to just before your bent knees. Make sure the armrests are parallel to the desk, which means that you won’t have to flex or move your shoulders too often when using your computer.
Display Screen (LCD or any other)
The LCD should be directly in front of you at about an arm’s length away. Make sure the screen is facing you at eye level or marginally below. If you wear bifocals then for a comfortable view, lower the height of the LCD or any other display by an additional 1-2 inches. To prevent eye strain from long hours on a computer, adjust the brightness level of your screen or the size of the typeface you are utilizing.
Peripherals (Mouse and Keyboard)
In simple words, place the mouse and keyboard at a length where you can easily reach them without excessive effort. To make your home computer ergonomic, keep your wrists straight with your arms near the body. Your hands can be slightly below your elbow level.
To avoid using too much energy or switching use from keyboard to mouse, set some keyboard shortcuts on your computer for faster usage. Many keyboard shortcuts are already built into your computer operating system. If you need a list of what shortcuts your keyboard features, a simple Google search for “Keyboard Shortcuts” and your operating system (i.e., Windows 10, Mac, etc.) should yield good results.
Keep all the other stationery and equipment like staplers, essential books, pads, and other items near you so you don’t have to over-extend to reach them. For making your home computer ergonomic fully, try to keep all the peripherals at either the arm’s or any other appropriate length so you don’t have to move too aggressively or inappropriately.
Proper ergonomics requires that your feet rest flat on the floor. Individuals of a petite stature know that a footrest can be a godsend when your desk is tall. A small stool, or even blocks, can provide the ergonomic stability you need.
Ensuring you have made your home computer ergonomic is the first step to being productive while working from home. The next step is to have a home computer that is best suited to your needs. DML Computer Repair in Albuquerque can help you with custom-build computers, virus and malware removal, desktop and laptop repairs, and other computer services. As a local, family-owned business, we take pride in giving our Albuquerque neighbors the best tech advice, computer repair and service available. Contact us today for a free diagnostic, and see for yourself why our clients become our friends.