Computer Station | Tips to set up computer station
If you are like most folks that work in America, you may be sitting on your computer for about 7-8 hours a day in front of your computer station. When you sit down for this long, you usually do a lot of repetitive motions with your upper body position. You can also encounter awkward postures in front of your work station when you sit down for this long. Due to this repetitiveness, it can have serious long term physical effects in your body. The type of effects like neck cramps, back pain, arm discomfort, and wrist/hand pain are just a few things your body might encounter.
If you suffer from one of these issues, you have to adjust your computer station to the point where you are comfortable. A big improvement can be dealt with ergonomics. We will show you how to set up your computer station, use your keyboard, position your chair, adjust your monitor, and take breaks during the day to help with any issues you might be going through.
- First, make sure the computer station is at an appropriate height for your body. Because we all come in different size and body type, make sure the computer station is accommodated for your body for the type of work you do. If you find that your computer desk is to low, you can elevate it with blocks or risers by placing them under the legs of your desk. If you find that your desk is too high, raise your chair to make sure your knees are lower or equal to the level of your hips.
- Placing items that you use most closely to you will make working in your computer station more comfortable. Less strain trying to reach over or even possibly tweaking a muscle that has been stationary for hours.
- If you use or are on the phone a lot, keep it at an easy reach. Most folks would agree that using a headset prevents neck and shoulder tension.
- Having the right chair is important when setting up your computer station. An adjustable chair is ideal for this type of set up.
- To begin the process of having the right setup, you want to position the chair to the point where your feet are flat on the floor. Once you’ve found your level, then sit all the way back where your back makes contact to the back support of the chair. It should be reclined to 100-110 degree angle.
- A chair that is perfect for an 8-5 worker is one that has both upper and lower back support curves. If you feel like your chair doesn’t have enough back support, you can use a cushion or a pillow to maximize support. An alternative for a cushion is a rolled up tow that would be placed in the lower back portion of the seat.
- Avoid awkward sitting positions throughout the day. A lot of folks rest their feet at the rungs of the chair, crossing their legs, dangling, or sitting on your legs. These can have serious effects on your body when sitting in these positions for too long. Decreasing blood circulation to your legs and feet will occur.
These are the basics in having a great computer station set up for anyone who spends many hours in front of a computer. You can be working, gaming, or socializing and these types of set ups are still important for your safety. We hope you liked our tips and next time you are sitting in front of your computer station, try these tips out to see if you notice a difference.