Posted on: April 26, 2024 Posted by: Tara Chen Comments: 0
Ergonomic Office Set-up

In today’s digital age, many of us spend a significant portion of our time sitting at a desk or hunched over a computer, while using various devices. As a result, we may notice our backs, necks, and eyes becoming tired and sore if we are unaware of the principles of ergonomics. Specifically, ergonomics is the study of designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. It plays a crucial role in our overall well-being and productivity.

In this blog post, we will explore the fundamentals of ergonomics and how you can create a comfortable and productive workspace with certain office furniture. By understanding and applying these principles, you can reduce the risk of discomfort, injury, and work-related stress. This will ultimately enhancing your work performance and quality of life.

Why are ergonomics important?

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Ergonomic Home Office Design

Ergonomics encompasses the science of fitting the workplace to the worker, rather than forcing the worker to adapt to the workplace. This science strives to optimize the interaction between humans and their work environment, tools, and equipment. The goal of ergonomics is to help the worker maintain proper posture and excellent health. It aims to reduce the strain on muscles and joints when sitting and standing. 

There are a few features of a good posture – the first being a neutral spine. The natural shape of your spine is an S-curve, with a slight inward curve in your lower back, an outward curve in your upper back, and an inward curve in your neck. To achieve a neutral spine alignment, you must sit up straight by imagining a string attached to the top of your head gently pulling you upward. This will help you avoid slouching or arching your back. Engaging your core can help support your lower back. This reduces the risk of developing a swayback posture.

Another key feature of good posture is keeping your head in alignment with your spine. Your ears should be directly over your shoulders and avoid tilting your head forward or to the sides. When looking at your computer screen, you should also ensure that it is at eye level. This reduces the need to tilt your head up or down, preventing neck strain. Moreover, proper posture involves letting your shoulders rest naturally without excessive tension. Overall, office furniture and interior design should foster an environment where employees or individuals can easily maintain optimal posture and ergonomic comfort.

Designing an ergonomic workspace

Now that we’ve covered the basics of ergonomics, let’s explore how to design a comfortable and productive workspace:

1.     Proper desk and chair height

The height of your desk and chair plays a significant role in maintaining proper posture. Your desk should be at a height where your forearms are parallel to the ground when typing, and your chair should provide adequate lumbar support to maintain the natural curve of your spine.

You should invest in a quality ergonomic chair with adjustable features like lumbar support, seat height, and armrests. A chair that supports the natural curve of your spine is essential for maintaining good posture. The depth of the chair’s seat should also be adjustable, allowing you to position it so that it provides proper support to your thighs without putting pressure on the backs of your knees. Moreover, a chair with a tilt or recline mechanism will also allow you to change positions and relieve pressure on your lower back and legs during the workday. For example, Movado Interiors’ Hercules office chair features an adjustable bidirectional lumbar support, headrest, adjustable seat depth, and more. 

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Hercules Ergonomic Office Chair from Movado

When choosing an office desk, it’s important to ensure that it accommodates your workspace needs. It should have adequate legroom, and allow for proper placement of your computer, keyboard, and mouse. Ideally, when sitting, your elbows should be at an angle between 90 to 120 degrees. Your forearms should also be parallel to the ground when using your keyboard or mouse.

2.     Screen and monitor placement

Your computer is another office furniture that is important to consider for ergonomics. Your computer screen or monitor should be at eye level to prevent you from tilting your head up or down. This reduces the strain on your neck and helps to avoid discomfort or long-term issues. If you’re using a computer, consider a monitor with an adjustable stand. If you’re using a laptop, invest in a laptop stand or external keyboard and mouse to raise the screen to eye level. For example, Movado Interiors’ feature a LS-Series Desk Riser that makes changing positions effortless, includes cord management, offers vertical adjustment, and more. 

Moreover, you should select a screen size that suits your work requirements. Larger screens can reduce the need to squint or strain your eyes to read small text, while smaller screens may necessitate closer viewing. If you choose to work with dual monitors or multiple screens, you should distribute your work evenly between screens to avoid constantly turning your head or twisting your neck. This balance helps reduce the risk of musculoskeletal discomfort.

3.     Lighting

Another important interior design consideration is lighting. Proper lighting is vital for reducing eye strain. You should ensure that your workspace is well-lit, and position your light source to avoid glare on your screen. You can also prevent glare on your screen or workspace by incorporating curtains, blinds, or other window treatments that can be adjusted to filter and diffuse sunlight. Consider using sheer curtains or translucent window films to soften the incoming light. Anti-glare screens on your devices and anti-glare filters on your monitor can also be applied to reduce reflections and make your screen more readable. 

Moreover, you should ensure that the primary light source is behind or beside your workspace, not in front of or directly above it. Lighting from behind reduces glare on screens and minimizes shadow casting on your work area.

4.     Organization

Organization and management systems are another important piece of office furniture that should be considered to facilitate proper ergonomics. It’s important to keep your workspace organized since clutter can lead to stress and decreased productivity. For instance, you could remove unnecessary items from your desk and surrounding and only keep the items you use daily within arm’s reach. There are several shelving and cabinet office furniture options you could consider. For example, Movado Interior offers personal storage caddies that have a lock and are mobile. 

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Ergonomic Office Design with Personal Storage Caddy

In addition, you should also consider using cable management solutions to prevent tangled wires and remove potential tripping hazards. There are cable management solutions such as cable clips, sleeves, and cord organizers that can help keep wires neatly in place.

The benefits of ergonomics

By following the above suggestions when selecting office furniture, you can greatly enhance your ergonomics at work or at home. Proper ergonomics reduces physical discomfort, such as back pain, neck strain, and wrist discomfort. This allows you to work more comfortably. It can also help prevent or alleviate common work-related health problems, including musculoskeletal disorders and eye strain. Moreover, by reducing the risk of discomfort and injuries, ergonomics can also enhance your efficiency and concentration, ultimately boosting productivity. Overall, a comfortable and well-organized workspace can reduce stress and contribute to a better work-life balance.


Ergonomics 101 focuses on creating a workspace that is designed with your well-being in mind. By implementing proper ergonomics, you can significantly improve your overall comfort, health, and productivity. Whether you’re working in an office or from home, make ergonomics a priority to transform your workspace into a more comfortable and productive environment. Your body will thank you, and your work will benefit from the positive changes.

Figuring out how to create an ergonomic workspace can be a challenging task.

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