THE RELATION BETWEEN HUMAN BODY & FUNCTIONAL OFFICE FURNITURE
During a typical workday, we spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at our desks. Couple this with the time spent sitting in the car commuting to and from work, sitting in front of the TV and the dinner table. Added up, that’s a lot of time spent on our rear ends! Since sitting is a big part of our daily routines, it stands to reason that it is important we make office furniture as comfortable as possible.
Especially in spaces like the workplace, making sure you are comfortable and efficient is critical to the productive use of time. Proper ergonomics play a substantial role in supporting workplace comfort and helping to minimize unnecessary strain on the body. As such, the office furniture you select should consider ergonomics in the design to better support workplace productivity.
Here’s a look at how ergonomics can play an important role in the workplace, and what you should look for when shopping for office furniture. Relation Between Posture, Productivity Office Furniture If every human were built the same way, designing office furniture would be a breeze.
However, that is not the case, and as a result, it is essential to look for office furniture that can accommodate people of all shapes and sizes, The same goes for office chairs, which are usually engineered to hold a person of average height and weight. Therefore, if you’re taller than average (for instance), you’ll want to consider a chair that takes increased size into account with an extended cylinder. Arms, elbows Office Furniture : Where your elbows fall on your chair’s armrest should be even with the surface of your desk, creating a parallel plane with your wrists.
This position allows your wrists to rest comfortably on the surface of your desk—the ideal location for typing or writing. Therefore for those on the computer all day, stationary desks with pullout keyboard drawers that lie just under the standard 29-inch high desktop offer an ideal height for the average consumer sitting at their desk. Legs, feet Office Furniture : With so many hours spent sitting during the workday, this can often lead to body aches, long-term muscle and nerve pain, and fatigue.
Therefore, similar to the ideal position for your arms and elbows, your legs should also be at a 90-degree angle, allowing your feet to rest flat on the floor. This posture also supports blood circulation, which can help a worker remain comfortable and in turn, productive. An office chair with adjustable seat heights and arm-rests, as well as an adjustable/removable headrest, can help you find your ideal sitting position