Ten tips for setting up a work space at home using your own furniture

In light of the most recent coronavirus advice, more and more people are facing the prospect of working from home for the foreseeable future.

For those who are used to it, this is nothing new. However, some people’s homes may not be set up for home working.

With the health and wellbeing of employees in mind, we’ve put together ten tips on how you can use the furniture in your home to set up a work space that fits you and the job you are doing.

Tip 1: Choosing a chair

Choose a chair based on its height.

It should allow you to put your fingers in the middle row of your keyboard while your forearms and hands are horizontal.

Make sure that your wrists are not at an angle. They should be straight.

Tip 2: Using a home-made footrest

If the undersides of your thighs are feeling compressed, you need to lower your work surface.

If that’s not possible, you can create a home-made footrest to lift your legs up.

Simply but a box under the table or stack some pillows for you to rest your feet on.

Tip 3: Supporting your back

Make sure your seat isn’t too long and that your back is supported.

Sit upright with the back of the chair fitting fully into the small of your back.

If this isn’t the case, use a cushion as a back support.

Tip 4: Choosing the best typing position

Move your chair so that when you’re typing, your elbows are positioned vertically under your shoulders.

If you can’t get close enough to the surface you’re working on because of the chair’s armrests, adjust their height (if you are able to).

Tip 5: Setting the distance of your monitor

To be able to view your screen comfortably, it should be about 55cm to 65cm away.

This means that your eye focus muscles don’t have to work so hard.

You should also make sure that your monitor is directly in front of you. Don’t put it in a corner, it will either be too difficult to get close to or you’ll twist your back and neck, which may cause musculoskeletal issues.

Tip 6: Positioning your keyboard

Don’t put things between you and your keyboard.

You should position it so that your hands are in line with your forearms and your elbows sit vertically under your shoulders.

If you rest your wrists on the table as you type, you should use a wrist rest (if you have one).

Tip 7: Using your mouse

Position your mouse as close to you as possible.

Your elbow should sit vertically under your shoulder and be right by your side on the armrest of your chair.

Tip 8: Using a document holder

If you often refer to printed documents while you type, using a document holder might help.

This should be positioned at the same height and distance as your monitor.

If you find that you’re looking at the documents more than the monitor, put the document holder directly in front of you and the monitor to one side.

Tip 9: Avoiding glare

You can eliminate any glare or reflections on your monitor in a number of ways, including:

  • Closing curtains or blinds
  • Turning off lights
  • Placing the monitor at a right angle to the window

Tip 10: Keeping active

Inactivity in the workplace is a real problem. And that includes working from home.

Don’t forget to have regular breaks and make sure that you take a walk for exercise.

This will not only break up the day but also add to your daily recommendation of 10,000 steps.

It also helps to manage your mental health and keep “brain fog” at bay.

If you’d like to find out how our occupational health services can support employees who work from home, contact the team at Fusion.

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