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2020/07/06 Update

Ergonomic workstation checklists for work from home

An ergonomic workspace. Why not?

Although the state of emergency was lifted in Japan, many people, especially those who work for information technology related companies, are still encouraged to work from home and some are even allowed to continue this working style until the end of year. If you are one of those, you are so lucky (well, I guess that most of us love the feeling of being free to slump against the cushions or stretching the lower back without being stared, right?).

But after months of slumping at a desk for hours at a time and another months coming, maybe it’s time to surround yourself with a comfortable workspace which is also known as “ergonomic workspace” because an organised workspace does not only reduce chances of pain and increase your state of ease but also help you stay focused and productive.

So, if you are thinking or started thinking about giving your home workspace a makeover, let’s get started with some tips for home-office furniture first. What kind of equipment should you use to set up an ergonomic workspace for your own?

An ergonomic keyboard and mouse.

A good keyboard can reduce the strain on your muscle. Typically, an ergonomic keyboard is constructed in aV-shape to allow right and left hands to type at a slight angle more natural to the human form. But if you have no problem with the current keyboard, maybe you don’t need to buy a new one.

When it comes to mouses, you should look for a mouse that is comfortable to grip and smooth to maneuver. An ergonomic mouse’s biggest advantage is to alleviate stress in tendons and wrist pronations.

A comfortable chair.

Most of the time, your back pain is caused by a bad quality chair that doesn’t support your lumbar or the natural S-curve of your spine. Here is 2 things you may need to pay attention when buying an office chair:
Materials: mesh fabric, vinyl and faux leather are worth considering.
Adjustment: chair adjustment might seem unnecessary but they can completely change how comfortable you enjoy while sitting in front of the computer for a long period of time, so make sure to check how adjustable it is before you make a decision.

A desk with a proper height.

A good desk is typically high enough to have a clearance for your knees, thighs and feet and more ideally, its height is equal to your elbow height. When you are typing on a keyboard placed on your desk, your arms and wrists should be in a natural position: parallel to the floor or angled down toward your laptop to reduce strain.

A monitor with a proper distance and height.

If you have a separate display, place it on the desk with roughly an arm length away from your seat and the top of the screen should be at eye level.

Meanwhile, if you are using a laptop with an attached keyboard, I highly recommend to make use of a laptop stand to raise your laptop off the desk and help to reduce your neck injury caused by having to bend or crane your neck in order to see the monitor screen clearly. I’m using a laptop stand and believe me, it’s one of the best of the best things I have ever prepared for my workstation.


In addition to the ergonomic interiors mentioned above, a number of other factors such as lifestyle and behavior also have influences on an ergonomic workplace setup.

Next time, let’s find out what those “other factors” are with us! ;)