Home Office Ergonomics Guide

Tips for a correct desk setup and more

While working from home has many advantages there are also some downsides to it. Most home office workplaces are not as properly equipped as regular offices - especially when it comes to adjustable desks and chairs. This can result in back aches, neck problems, shoulder soreness and many other issues caused by bad posture. This guide will support you to set up an ergonomic home office with simple tips.

Sitting-Standing Dynamics for a healthier Workplace

Variety is key for a healthy mix during your work day. The ideal share of working positions during the day is 60% sitting, 30% standing and 10% moving.

Standing up for 15 minutes per hour while you work will burn 20,000 more calories per year. This corresponds to 6 full marathons a year and will make you healthier and happier.

More Advantages of Working while Standing are:

  • Less fatigue at work
  • Higher concentration
  • Faster reaction times
  • Saves time resulting in higher productivity
  • Brain performance improves
  • Trains the back and leg muscles to relieve pressure on the spine
  • Decrease in neck tension and back problems
  • Prevention of cardiovascular disease by stimulating the heart and blood circulation
  • Higher motivation and job satisfaction with less absenteeism

The dangers of reduced movement

The average worker spends 80,000 hours sitting during their working life. Sitting down for long periods of time lowers metabolism, fewer calories are burnt and the risk of obesity and diabetes increases. It also causes deposits to form on blood vessels causing higher risk of heart attack and stroke as abdominal fat increases. Messenger substances are also produced, which interfere with the body's immune system.

Over 30% of people between the ages of 35 - 50 have chronic back problems. More than 30% of all absenteeism is due to muscular and skeletal disorders. (Source: Statistics of the company health insurance funds).

What is the ideal Laptop setup in the home office?

An external monitor or a laptop holder to raise the height of the monitor, an external keyboard and mouse will all ensure the correct sitting position while using a laptop. A docking station is essential for keeping a tidy desk if you are regularly using your laptop at home.

Laptops are a flexible solution but can force bad sitting positions which can cause discomfort over long periods of time.

Ergonomic Desk Setup

A dedicated workspace gives you the opportunity to use a proper chair and desk. However to much sitting can influence your health in a negative way. A standing desk converter allows you to stand up frequently.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Standing Desk Converter with sliding tray

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Standing Desk Converter with sliding tray for keyboard and mouse allows the flexibility to move between sitting and standing while you work, encouraging muscle movement, improving posture and increasing energy levels. Quick and easy to set-up, this desk riser will transform your workspace instantly and remains strong and stable at any height.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Active Sit Stand Stool

    The Leitz Ergo Active Sit Stand Stool allows the flexibility to move between sitting and standing while you work, encouraging muscle movement, improving posture and increasing energy levels. Features a rounded base to encourage active movement by swivelling and rocking while you work to strengthen your back.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Adjustable Mouse Wrist Rest

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Mouse Wrist Rest is the perfect wrist pad to help create a comfortable workspace. Keeping wrist postures straight to prevent aches and pains, it is the ideal wrist support to maintain high levels of performance.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Adjustable Laptop Stand

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Laptop Riser raises the screen of your laptop to increase your viewing comfort and help improve posture. Using a laptop riser will also promote airflow, keeping the laptop battery and other components cool to maintain high levels of performance.

Ergonomic Setup for Dining Tables

If you do not have a spare room or dedicated space for a proper desk, you will very likely work from your dining table. As the seating in this case is not desinged for all-day working it is very important to improve it - for example with an ergonomic seat cushion. A proper laptop viewing angle to support your neck can be achieved with an adjustable laptop stand.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Desk Foot Rest

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Desk Foot Rest is the perfect foot stand to help create a comfortable and active workspace. Designed to keep your feet and legs relaxed, it will help significantly reduce discomfort and stiffness in your shoulders and back by promoting a healthy posture and improving circulation.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Seat Cushion

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Seat Cushion is the perfect seat pad to help create a comfortable and active workspace with any chair. Designed to promote a healthy posture, improve circulation and relieve spinal pressure, it will help to significantly reduce the discomfort, fatigue and stiffness that can result from extended periods of sitting, or health conditions such as sciatica.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Adjustable Laptop Stand

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Laptop Riser raises the screen of your laptop to increase your viewing comfort and help improve posture. Using a laptop riser will also promote airflow, keeping the laptop battery and other components cool to maintain high levels of performance.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Adjustable Keyboard Wrist Rest

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Keyboard Wrist Rest is the perfect wrist pad to help create a comfortable and active workspace. Keeping wrist postures straight to prevent aches and pains, it is the ideal wrist support to maintain high levels of performance.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Adjustable Mouse Wrist Rest

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Mouse Wrist Rest is the perfect wrist pad to help create a comfortable workspace. Keeping wrist postures straight to prevent aches and pains, it is the ideal wrist support to maintain high levels of performance.

Ergonomic Setup for Kitchen Tables

With a proper height for standing and close to food an beverages the kitchen table is great alternative for an Ergonomic Home Office setup. An adjustable stool lets you change between sitting and standing. Standing for the whole day can be very exhausting and even painful for your ankles. Therefore an Anti Fatigue Mat is a great addition to your working from home setup for kitchen tables.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Active Sit Stand Stool

    The Leitz Ergo Active Sit Stand Stool allows the flexibility to move between sitting and standing while you work, encouraging muscle movement, improving posture and increasing energy levels. Features a rounded base to encourage active movement by swivelling and rocking while you work to strengthen your back.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Standing Desk Converter

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Standing Desk Converter allows the flexibility to move between sitting and standing at your workspace and with its compact, portable size, it creates an ergonomic set up in any location. It encourages muscle movement, improves posture and increases energy levels.

  • Leitz Ergo Cosy Anti Fatigue Mat

    The Leitz Ergo Cosy Anti Fatigue Mat is the perfect standing desk mat to help create a comfortable and active workspace. Designed to promote a healthy posture, improve circulation and provide strong sole support, resulting in reduced fatigue and leg and foot pain that can be caused by prolonged standing.