Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more. Maybe the temporary office space you set up for yourself has become more permanent.
If you’ve had to do this, it’s important to make sure that you’ve set up a space that is set up correctly and is protecting your health. Sitting at a bad desk can lead to eye strain, back pain, shoulder pain, and other problems.
Here are the essentials you need to stop that happening.
#1 A good chair
Your chair is one of the most important parts of your office set-up. The right chair will support your back and posture, stopping backache and other injuries.
If you’ve had to just move a dining chair to a desk, or are working at the kitchen table, you probably aren’t getting the right support. The best chair will support your lower back and will be the right height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees aren’t knocking the top of the table.
Arms are a good idea too, for extra support.
#2 An ergonomic keyboard
A Goldtouch ergonomic keyboard is a great option. This will support your wrists probably as you work, protecting you from strain and pain.
Make sure you set it up at a comfortable distance for you too. Even if you’re working from the kitchen table, you can use a good keyboard.
#3 Good lighting
If you’re working from a temporary set-up, you can still control the light. Your workspace should be lit correctly.
Too bright a light can give you a headache, whereas too dim a light will do the same and cause eye strain while you’re peering at the bright computer screen. Add a desk lamp to your workspace to protect your eyes.
#4 A screen at the right height
Whether you’re using a laptop or a desktop, get the screen to the right height. Your screen should be at eye level, so you’re not looking down at it all day and straining your neck.
You can boost your screen up a bit with stands designed for exactly this task, or just with a couple of thick books. If you’re on a laptop, use an external keyboard so you have more control over how high you can have your screen.
#5 Noise-canceling headphones
If you’re haven’t got a proper office or a room where you can close the door, working around the noise of the rest of the household can be tough.
Whether you’re living with noisy kids or roommates, some noise-canceling headphones can help. Even if you don’t listen to music or a podcast, you can wear the headphones to drown out noises from the rest of the house.
When you have them on, they can also act as a signal to the people that you live with that you’re working and aren’t to be disturbed.
With a few key pieces of equipment, you can make even a temporary home office more comfortable and safer for you.