How Office Furniture Can Affect Your Posture

When working in an office and being sat at a desk for several hours a day, it’s easy to lose motivation, leading to productivity levels to drop. This can be due to many things from being distracted by desk clutter, noise levels within the office or not feeling comfortable at your workstation. How your workstation is set up can affect how you sit at your desk. If it’s not set up in the correct way then you could end up sitting in an uncomfortable position for long hours which can affect your wellbeing and your overall posture. Having bad posture can lead to health problems further down the line, so it’s best to try and sit properly to prevent this from happening. Here are some tips to consider when setting up your workstation to minimise bad posture. 

Make sure your desk is big enough

Working in an office means you might not be able to have a huge desk, but you need to have one that is big enough to arrange your screen, keyboard, mouse and any other items at a length that allows you to work comfortably and change position regularly. The screen needs to be positioned about an arm’s length away and the top of the screen needs to be eye level. A gap of about 4-6 inches needs to be between you and the keyboard in order to rest your wrists. 

An ergonomic chair is essential

If you’re going to be sat in your chair for over 7 hours a day, then you’ll want a chair that offers comfort and support for the duration. The height, tilt and back position need to be adjusted correctly to ensure your lower back is fully supported. When you’re sat down, make sure your back is straight and your feet are flat on the floor. If you find it uncomfortable leaving your feet flat on the floor, consider a footrest. Your knees and ankles need to be open at a 90 degree angle.

Take regular breaks

It’s important to remember to take short, regular breaks away from your workstation to avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.  This will allow you to move around, stretch and change your posture. By taking short breaks often, it not only helps your posture but can also help reduce boredom and increase productivity.  

For more tips on how to sit at your desk properly as well as exercises on how to improve your posture, check out the infographic from office furniture experts Furniture At Work. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share, join in the conversation using the hashtag #WorkplacePosture.