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How Do You Know You Need Ergonomic Furniture?

07 December 2021

Bad back? Unexplained headache? Insomnia? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by poorly designed furniture.

But how do you know it’s your office chair that’s responsible for your aches and pains? How do you know when your headaches are caused by your computer screen and not something else?

Here are the facts…

You get frequent headaches or migraines

Research has shown that between 19% and 53% of people who sit at their screens for long periods will suffer with chronic headaches and migraines. This is often because of the glare coming from the screen. But it is also caused by the distance you sit from the screen. People who need glasses but don’t wear them are especially prone to headaches because they have to lean forward and strain their eyes to see their computers. If this sounds like you, we can help…

Firstly, it is important to adjust your screen level to a brightness that allows you to clearly see the details of the screen without straining, but not so bright that it dazzles you.  

Secondly, you must ensure you have had your eyes tested and are wearing any necessary corrective lenses.

You must ensure that your chair is a good distance from the screen - approximately 1 full arm length away.

Finally, you must ensure that your screen is adjusted so that you don’t have to strain to see it. A monitor adjuster can help you to do this.

Our Monitor Mount F6 is designed to increase viewing comfort and reduce eye, back and neck strain. You can rotate displays to portrait orientation and enjoy reduced glare, which is more relaxing on your eyes. The adjustable height satisfies the ergonomic needs of more than 90% of adults.

You have back pain

Back pain can be debilitating and affect your mental and overall physical wellbeing. Your desk and chair can play a big part in your back comfort.

Slouching forward, for example when sitting on a sofa, can create a curvature in your spine. When you do this for prolonged periods, you can cause lower back and pelvic discomfort. Sitting in a supportive chair can prevent this from happening.

Our office chairs are designed with your health in mind. Our back support office chair BS8 is a particularly popular choice. Stylish, breathable and adjustable, this innovative chair has a foam seat, a swing function, foldable armrests and various adjusters so that you can customise your sitting experience. The result? Reduced back pain and better overall posture.

You have Insomnia / Fatigue

Poorly designed furniture, or furniture not fit for long working hours, can put a strain on your entire body. You won’t even feel your body working overtime to keep you supported in a poorly designed chair. Consequently, you might feel more fatigued than usual.
Another thing to consider is that if you have headaches or back pain, you can have disturbed sleep due to the pain. This is why having an ergonomic chair and a proper monitor adjuster is important.

You have unexplained wrist pain

Your wrists can weaken and become strained for a variety of reasons. If you’re not sure why your wrists hurt, and certainly aren’t out playing tennis every weekend, then your keyboard could be the culprit.

A poorly designed, old fashioned keyboard without wrist support means that you have to hold your own wrists up as you type. Do this for a few hours every day, 5 days a week, and you’ll begin to suffer.

The solution is a keyboard with wrist support.

Our keyboard tray KT1B solves this problem. With a comfortable wrist cushion and tilt adjustment, this keyboard has everything you need for a comfortable day at work.

You have unexplained weight gain

If you have started working from home and realised you’re gaining weight, it’s likely there is a correlation. Remote working can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why we provide fitness desks. Fitness desks allow you to exercise while you’re working. Our desk bike will fit neatly under your desk and allows you to pedal as you work. Comfortable, adjustable and breathable, this innovative bike helps combat stubborn body fat without interfering with your working day.

We can help with your ergonomic furniture

We have a variety of ergonomic furniture available to the home worker. If you have health symptoms that you think might be caused by your poorly designed chair or desk, we want to help you replace it. Head over to our website to browse our full range.