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How Desk Height Affects Your Posture, Health & Productivity

Did you know that desk height can have a profound effect on your life? The height of your desk can strongly influence your posture, health, and productivity. Through determining the right desk height and finding the right office chair, you can avoid various negative consequences such as joint pain, back injuries, and more. 

Unsure of how the height of your desk can cause so much damage? Want to know the correct height for your computer desk so you can protect yourself from these major drawbacks? Read on to learn everything you need to know about your desk, chair, and monitor heights.

Why Desk Height Matters

In today’s society, we spend so much time looking at our screens. Whether it’s at our computers at work or our phones pretty much everywhere, we’re straining our eyes and bodies on a daily basis. That’s why it’s important that we know how to use technology responsibly.

Given that all our body parts are connected, causing damage to one part can affect the rest of your body immensely. Sitting incorrectly to accommodate for an incorrect desk height or a poor office chair causes you to subtly contort your body in uncomfortable ways, whether it’s your arms, legs, back, or even your wrists. This is most likely to cause you frequent back and neck pain. And, in more extreme situations, studies show that an incorrect desk height can lead to permanent back or disc damage. 

Additionally, the wrong monitor height can cause unnecessary tension in both the shoulders and neck. This, combined with an uncomfortable or improperly adjusted office chair, will affect the natural curvature of your spine over time. You’ll begin to both stand and sit with an incorrect posture on impulse due to the time you’ve spent hunched over while working. Think posture is just a vanity issue? Unfortunately, poor posture can cause you a great deal of pain, typically in the form of lower back injuries. Besides the height of your monitor, a quality computer chair can make a tremendous difference to your posture and overall health.

Further, if its effect on your health and posture wasn’t enough, an improper desk height can also significantly reduce your productivity at work or school. Studies show that workplace design, most notably desk setup, has the power to increase worker performance by as much as 16 per cent. Ensuring you have a workspace that best accommodates you and your body will help give you the tools you need to succeed in both your work and personal life.

The Ideal Office Table Height

So, what is the height of an office desk that promotes good health and positive habits? The correct height for a computer desk is influenced by a few factors, including your height, the equipment you use, and your daily tasks. However, 28 inches (71.12cm) is the standard desk height that you should be using, especially if you’re between 5’8″(172.72 cm) and 5’10″(177.8cm) tall. 

The Ideal Office Table Height

The key is to ensure you can comfortably maintain a 70-degree to 135-degree angle with your forearm/upper arm. Adjustable desks are the best option because they allow you to adjust the height perfectly. If you already have a desk, albeit too tall or too low, the next best thing to consider is purchasing an adjustable chair that will elevate you to be level with your desk. Is your desk too low? An easy solution, if you’d rather not buy a new desk, is to purchase leg raisers or to place books or blocks below the desk legs.

Unsure how your profession may affect which desk height is right for you? Those who write by hand tend to benefit from a higher surface, while those who type benefit from a lower one. Also, those with more physical tasks may need a desk below the elbows. Those who perform tasks that require precision, on the other hand, should have their desks above the elbows. This will prevent eye strain and crouching.

In any case, if you work with a computer, don’t forget to ensure your monitor is at least one arm’s length away. Studies show that a close screen can cause tension and straining. And, while the height of your desk is incredibly important, also make sure nothing you have on your desk is encouraging bad habits.

Optimal Chair Height

There’s no exact optimal chair height as, much like your desk, the appropriate height is determined by your size. Generally speaking, however, your knees should be at a 90-125-degree angle, with your weight evenly distributed, your thighs parallel to the floor, and your feet firmly supported.

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To get the right height for you, it’s essential to own an adjustable chair with lumbar support. Lumbar back support, when placed correctly, will help maintain your spine’s natural curvature while ensuring your shoulders and hips remain in alignment. Simply put, lumbar support makes chairs much more comfortable!

Whether you’re looking for an adaptable student chair for schools and educational facilities or an ergonomic mesh office chair for work, it’s essential that you choose a chair with quality materials and a design that supports intermittent or extended use. This will ensure that your eight-hour workday doesn’t leave you with aches and pains.

Don’t Wait for the Benefits

By making a few minor changes and adjustments to your workplace, you can make your office workstation more ergonomic and thus you will significantly increase your productivity, promote a healthy posture, and prevent joint pain, back injuries, eye strain, and more. Given that these changes can be done very affordably, there’s no reason not to alter your workplace as soon as you can. You may be surprised at how immediate you’ll begin to experience the many benefits.

Reach Out to Arteil Today

Our team here at Arteil is happy to supply all the chairs and adjustable desks you could ever need for a happy and healthy workspace. It’s our top priority that our customers can easily alter our comfortable furniture in a way that best accommodates them. We know your health, productivity, and posture are important to you, your coworkers, and your loved ones. So why not buy yourself the best adjustable office furniture on the market?

If you’d like to place an order or have any questions about our products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call 08 9337 8399, email info@arteil.com.au, or fill out our convenient online form. We’d be happy to hear from you.