With so many people suddenly working from home, 2020 became the year of the home office. Many professionals scramble to claim any space and surface they had available in the early days of the pandemic, often assuming the arrangement would be short-lived.
Today, with COVID-19 remaining a threat, it’s clear that remote work is here to stay. As a result, it’s wise to tweak your home office setup, ensuring it can serve you well in the months (or years) to come. If you don’t know where to begin, here are a few little home office fixes that can make a big difference.
Invest in a Quality Chair
While using a dining room chair may have been okay initially, those seats aren’t designed with ergonomics in mind. Additionally, low-cost office chairs aren’t always particularly supportive, and that can wear on your body as time passes.
Ideally, you want to invest in a chair that supports your body. It needs to have upper and lower body support that aligns with the curve in your spine. Additionally, you want to go with a model that works with your height, ensuring that you get proper thigh support without the seat digging into the back of your knees.
Adjustable armrests are also a nice feature. It ensures you can set them at the proper height for your arms. Adjustable height settings, for many, should be a must, giving you the ability to rest your feet comfortably on the floor and maintain a good position.
Watch Your Arm and Knee Position
When your seat or desk isn’t at the proper height, your arm and knee position can be less than ideal. You want your arms in a neutral pose, usually with your elbows, forearms, and wrists level with your keyboard. That position is more relaxed, ensuring you don’t scrunch up your shoulders.
Your knees should be in line with your hips while your feet are resting flat on the floor or a footrest. This prevents tightness of the hip flexors and pressure on the knees that can occur if your knees are positioned below your hips.
Move Your Screen Up
Ideally, your screen should be sitting at a height that allows you to look at what you’re doing while looking straight ahead. Laptop screens are often positioned too low, putting a strain on the neck, back, and shoulders. If you’re using a laptop, you have two choices. You can invest in a mouse and keyboard, allowing you to move your laptop higher and using it as a screen only.
Alternatively, you can plug in a secondary screen that you can position at the right height. This can give you a larger overall workspace while ensuring you can handle most of your tasks in the correct position.
Ultimately, those small fixes can make your home office significantly more comfortable and ergonomic. If you’d like to learn more about smart home office design or how to succeed while working remotely, the team at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today.