Thursday, January 11, 2018

How To Create An Ergonomically Correct Office Desk

The demand for ergonomic furniture is at an all time high. The ability to work efficiently and compute healthy is easier than ever thanks to the products from brands like Mayline, ESI, and Systematix. Today on the blog, we'll teach you how to create or enhance your current desk to make it ergonomically correct and ready for the demands of the modern work day. From selecting a reliable desk to adding small accessories like a CPU holder, the tips and product suggestions provided here will have you at peak performance levels in no time.

1.) Select A Desk

How To Select An Office DeskFirst things first, you have to have a reliable desk with enough space to attach ergonomic accessories. Most professional office desks are available in 60" and 72" variations. Either of these sizes will work. We don't recommend going any smaller unless you have to.

Selecting a desk from a full service furniture collection is also highly recommended. It will help you avoid the need to mix and match storage components from various brands. That said, you can't go wrong with a desk configuration from Mayline for your project. They've got more than 10 collections to choose from and thrive on quality. Their workstations are easy to outfit with ergonomic accessories.

In the long run, the desk you choose should be a reflection of your personal style. A variety of stand alone, L shaped, and U shaped options will be available to choose from. They will all provide a clean canvas for accessorizing and enhancing ergonomic capabilities.

Popular Desk Collections:

  • Medina by Mayline
  • Verde by Cherryman Industries
  • Zira by Global Total Office
  • Superior Laminate by Offices To Go
  • Mesa by OFM, Inc.

2.) Attach A Dual Screen Monitor Arm

Dual Screen Monitor ArmWhen creating an ergonomically correct workstation, you'll want to first start by maximizing your available workspace and encouraging healthy computing habits. For these reasons, a clamp on monitor arm for 2 screens is the perfect place to start.

With a dual screen attachment you'll be able to instantly cut down on the time you spend flipping between tabs while providing yourself with the adjustment capabilities needed to reduce visual strain and even physical pain. The ability attach your screen on an articulating arm will instantly create more usable desk space for you to enjoy throughout the work day.

Popular Monitor Arms:

  • EZKC2 by Mayline
  • EDGE2 by ESI Ergonomic Solutions
  • MON-B-DBL-SVR by OFM, Inc.
  • Apex by Symmetry Office

3.) Select A Keyboard Tray

Adjustable Keyboard Tray
Much like the dual monitor arm, an articulating keyboard tray will instantly increase the amount of usable desk space present at your workstation. Rest assured, computing with your keyboard resting atop your desk surface should be avoided at all costs. This bad habit does little more than invite office epidemics such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome into your life.

The good new is, articulating keyboard trays that attach underneath the desk are widely available. Brands like ESI, Systematix, and Symmetry Office all offer excellent keyboard trays for healthy computing.

4.) Invest In A Sit To Stand Attachment

Sit To Stand Desktop AttachmentSit to stand desktop attachments were once considered a fad. They've since become an industry standard. If you're looking to create an ergonomic workstation, you'll need a sit to stand desktop attachment at some point. It will provide you with the ability to reduce fatigue while encouraging continuous movement and improving blood flow and posture.

With a sit to stand desktop attachment, you can combine the benefits of a monitor arm and keyboard tray. Many of today's ergo-minded workers actually have a standard computer setup with a monitor arm and keyboard tray, in addition to a fully equipped sit to stand attachment utilizing a second computer system. While this may not exactly fit into your current remodeling budget, it does give you something to plan for in the future that will make you supremely versatile and ready to adapt at a moments notice to stay effective.

Popular Sit To Stand Attachments:

  • Volante by Systematix
  • 5100 by OFM
  • S2S by ESI Ergonomic Solutions

5.) Attach A CPU Holder

CPU HolderIn the long run, the right combination of ergonomic components will make you a better worker. Products like the CPU holder will prevent the need for constant trips under the desk to route wires and turn on devices. An under-mount CPU holder will also make you more comfortable when working as it can be slid out of the way when not in use to create additional leg space.

CPU holders are widely available from professional ergonomic product manufacturers like ESI and Symmetry Office. They're available for around $100.00 and will come in handy daily. While many of today's ergonomic products go seldom-used and end up under-utilized, the CPU holder is one of the cost effective tools (that once added) you'll wonder how you ever lived without.

6.) Add Surface Level Power

Universal Desk Power Module
Last but not least we recommend adding a surface level power module. Much like the CPU holder, a universal power module that clamps on to the side of a desk surface will make life in the office easier. You'll have quick and instant access to USB and AC inputs that allow you to charge devices without the need for the main CPU.

Popular modules like the FlexCharge4 from ESI should be highlight considered. This clamp on unit is an absolute bargain buy at just $129.99. With 2 AC outlets and 2 USB inputs you'll never need to go looking for a wall outlet throughout the day.

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