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Getting The Right Office Furniture For Computing

Oct 12, 2007
Obtaining the right furniture for your office computer center is something you take for granted. Any old chair or table will do. You should see what I have to use. The table serves as an eating area. The chairs have support but little comfort. However, this is not right, and I let myself open to a lot of self criticism.

I should know that having the right furniture in my office can not only help me to be more productive. It can also provide me with the correct support for my body as well. Since I spend a good majority of my time in front of the computer, I should know that there
are proper and improper methods and heights for sitting while I work. What I didn't know was that the wrong office furniture can lead to repetitive stress injuries. These include chronic back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, and a variety
of other health problems. Let's take a look at the best methods for avoiding these issues.


Sitting in an ergonomically correct chair can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. The right chair should be easily adjustable to provide proper support for the small of the back and the overall lumbar curve. The chair should also be user friendly so as to fit well with the body type. When sitting, your feet should either be comfortably flat on the floor or on a footrest in front of you.

The Desk

Your keyboard should be at a comfortable level between 27 and 29 inches from the floor This depends on how tall you are. There should be sufficient distance between your shoulders and the keyboard so as to prevent any stress or strain in your neck, as well as in your elbows and wrists as you type.


The lighting you choose can greatly affect the quality the work you produce. The computer screen is quite bright in itself. Adding even more intensity with the wrong lighting can cause headaches as well as eyestrain. A good idea is to utilize a lamp that has a dimmer mechanism so that you can adjust it to your personal preference.


Keeping kids and pets out of your office will increase your productivity by eliminating the distractions they cause. The radio or stereo may provide good company while you work, provided the volume is kept low. Don't forget to take regular breaks from the computer. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we're working on that we forget to do this. Getting up and stretching your back and muscles as well as giving your eyes a rest will greatly help
About the Author
Bob Carper is a veteran information systems consultant with an MBA from Pitt. For additional information go to All About Webconferencing or My Power Mall. You may also e-mail Bob at robertcarper06@comcast.net
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