How do you choose a desk? Hyer says that standard desks from office supply stores will fit most people, but you may need to buy items like an adjustable chair to sit at the desk properly. Adjust the chair so you can sit with your thighs parallel to the floor and your feet flat on the ground.
If your desk is too tall, you may need a footrest for your feet, Hyer says.
You may also need to consider how to configure your computer monitor and keyboard for the best posture, he said.
Monitors should be set up at eye level so that you don’t need to look up or down to view the screen comfortably, he said. If you use a laptop with a small screen, you may want to invest in a docking station and larger monitor to help reduce eye strain.
When it comes to your keyboard, the key is to keep your wrists flat and supported. That may mean you need to bring your keyboard closer to your body than you currently have it, he says. Also, if your keyboard is on top of your desk, it’s usually best to avoid using the tabs on the back, which can cause you to angle your wrists improperly.
Hyer discourages using L-shaped desks because people usually place their monitors in the corner. “You can’t get your chair in close enough to sit correctly, and it causes a forward neck posture,” he says.
And, aside from your setup, you can help your body by taking “ergonomic breaks” throughout the day by getting up to move about every 20 minutes, Hyer says.