For many businesses, October means busy season. This causes many people to spend more time at their desk and in front of their computer, often without many breaks. Without the right office furniture, this results in headaches, back pain, and overall stiffness in the joints. If you’re preparing for busy season, or are in the midst of it, the right office furniture can help you work comfortably and efficiently.
Chairs: Your office chair is one of the main factors in keeping you comfortable while working. If your chair doesn’t have the right support, you’ll get uncomfortable pretty quickly. A good office chair has the ability to adjust its height, as you want your feet to be flat on the floor. Your chair should also have good lumbar support and padding. You also want your chair to be at a height where your wrists can easily rest on your desk.
Desk: The second key player in office furniture ergonomics is your desk. Besides needing to be big enough and fit your space, the desk also needs to fit you. Because humans weren’t made to sit for 8+ hours a day, we recommend a sit & stand desk. This desk allows you to choose between sitting or standing—so, if you’ve been sitting for a couple hours, you can adjust the desk’s height so that you can stand while working. This also gives you the opportunity to stretch those tight muscles from sitting! If a new desk isn’t in the budget, however, you can buy a stand that raises your computer and gives you a platform for your mouse.
Wrist Pads: Whether you spend more time typing or clicking, a wrist pad can be used for both! Your wrists can really start to hurt when they’re resting on a solid platform for hours on end, but a wrist pad that sits in front of the keyboard can help. We also sell mouse pads that include a padded section on the end for your wrist to rest as well.
Computer Monitors: The key word that comes with computer monitors is: adjustable. You should be able to adjust your chair to the correct height while looking at the screen, but it’s also beneficial to be able to tilt the monitor so that you aren’t straining your neck. You want to be able to look at your screen without having to tilt your head down or up. When you spend too much time looking downward or upward, that’s when neck pain and headaches come in.
Great River Office Products has been serving the metro area since 1962. We care about your comfort at work, and we have thousands of options to choose from, whether you’re in the market for a desk or a mouse pad!