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With the rise of home offices, the question of how to design an ergonomic workstation in a home environment that is aesthetically pleasing, practical and ergonomic is becoming more and more common. 

One of the most important considerations when designing work environment is that it should fit in with the style and color scheme of the home. In this respect, it is best to choose furniture in the dominant shade of wood in the interior, e.g. oak, beech, maple, etc.; or office furniture in white, grey or anthracite.

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Depending on the nature of work, the workstation may be a separate room, part of a room or sometimes just some small space.

If the nature of work requires a larger desk, it is always better to choose a desk with a larger table top (80* 140/ 160/ 180 cm). If the workstation is used only occasionally, with a laptop and some writing tools involved, it is better to choose the optimum size of the worktop, which can be narrower, and shorter (70*120/ 140 cm). It is important to reduce the glossiness of the worktop, as the light reflected from the desk can cause additional visual distress.

It is very common for several family members to share a workstation at home. The nature of the activities and seating habits of the workers then changes. There are also differences in the height of the sitters: children are shorter than their parents, while adults tend to be of different heights. With a sit-stand table, you can easily change height of the table top to the one that suits you best and adapt the workstation to your individual working and sitting needs. And by alternating between sitting and standing, you can stay more agile and invigorated in the workplace for longer!

Another common concern is how to choose the right office chair, what are the main differences between office chairs? Today, the variety of office chairs is truly staggering: different colors, fabrics, mechanisms, children’s chairs, teenagers’ chairs, specialized chairs or versatile office chairs for the whole family. When choosing an office chair, it is advisable to pay attention to the control mechanisms built into the chair. These can be contact, tilt, synchronous and multi-block, GLIDE-TEC controls.

Chairs with contact mechanism have a low degree of adjustability. The only detail that can be adjusted to the shape of your body is the tilt angle of the office chair backrest, which can be adjusted with a knob. This chair is recommended for short sitting periods of 4 to 6 hours.

Multi-block mechanism is found in office chairs where seat and backrest are connected. With the help of a knob, this office chair can be left in a gently rocking position or locked in its working position. Bridge mechanism in chairs allows adjusting the chair height and is usually used in special purpose or visitor chairs. Bridge chairs are recommended for short periods of sitting of up to 4 hours.

A chair with a synchronous mechanism is the most comfortable and is best suited for long periods of sitting for 8 hours. Reclining angle of the backrest can be adjusted and the seat moves along with the backrest (at a certain angle) thanks to this office chair mechanism. Thanks to this mechanism, it is possible to sit comfortably by locking it at the desired angle or to let the back of the office chair move freely, gently rocking.

The main function of the GLIDE-TEC mechanism is to support the back muscles properly in any sitting position. Studies have shown that during sitting, the spine is most stressed when a person sits hunched over. A chair with an integrated GLIDE-TEC mechanism results in a more active sitting posture, which significantly reduces strain on the spine and relaxes back muscles, as the back is fully supported by the ergonomic backrest, while the arms remain on the desk.

Office chairs should be chosen with particular responsibility for people with a higher body weight. Office chair manufacturers claim that standard office chairs and their mechanisms are designed to carry a load of up to 110 kg. However, office chairs are available with a reinforced chair mechanism that allows a maximum load of up to 150 kg.

If you’re still wondering how to design an ergonomic workstation, experts at Kėdžių centras advise you to give it the time and attention it needs. Because only an office chair properly adjusted to your individual needs will make your office chair and working environment ergonomic!