Ergonomic Workspace Solutions, Office Furniture, Accessories, and Resources
As mentioned in the articles about good ergonomic workspaces, important items to consider include a well made adjustable ergonomic chair and desk, good lighting that helps prevent eyestrain, ergonomically designed, adjustable document holders/stands, an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and more. While it's recommended to try out furniture, products, and accessories in person, especially a good ergonomically designed office or desk chair, there are also plenty of online stores. A few possibilities are listed below, some including physical store locations.
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Ergonomic Workspace Solutions, Office Furniture, and Accessories
For many of us, we spend more time sitting at a desk than anywhere else, often at least 8 hours a day, five days a week. Whether you're at your desk only a short time or work long hours, having comfortable, ergonomically designed office furniture, equipment, and accessories, can make a huge difference, which I know firsthand! Ideally, we'd all set up a great, ergonomically designed workspace before we have any injuries or problems, such as RSI, but that's not always the case, unfortunately.
While an ergonomic desk chair is possibly/arguably the single most important item for an office workspace design implementation, that's only one ingredient. The chair's height and adjustment features, the desk height, the screen height, your keyboard and mouse position and placement, your lighting, etc. all need to be set up and adjusted specifically for your unique size and needs. Learn more about how to set up an ergonomic office environment via Creating Your Office Workspace, Page 1: Articles, Information, Exercises, Tools, and Resources.
Below are some helpful products and companies for anti-glare monitor filters, document holders, ergonomic footrests, Herman Miller Aeron chairs and other ergonomic office chairs and desk chairs, desk chair mats, lighting fixtures to help reduce eyestrain, back supports, cushions, and more. Along the way I've added extra comments regarding some of the products that I use myself every single day at my desk.[*note]
- Anti-glare Monitor Filters (via amazon.com)
Anti-glare monitor filters can help reduce glare, relieve eye strain and fatigue, some even reducing glare over 99%, and some add privacy, too. The link above goes to a selection of Anti-glare monitor filters at amazon.com, and the link with the image goes to a best-selling anti-glare monitor filter by 3M. [Products via Amazon.com Computer Products.]
- Chair Mats (via amazon.com)
Chair mats under your office desk chair can help you move around more freely. Measure the floor area that your chair needs to move, adding just a little extra, and get a chair mat that accommodates that specific size. Chair mats are available for a variety of flooring and carpet types, too. There's a good selection of chair mats via amazon.com as well as many office supply stores and elsewhere. [Products via Amazon.com Office Furniture and Accessories]
- Document Holders (via amazon.com)
Document holders can be convenient while also keeping your documents at eye level to help prevent neck strain. Some attach to the computer monitor or laptop, while others are freestanding and are set on your desk next to your monitor. The link above goes to a selection of document holders from amazon.com, and the link with the image goes to a Fellowes desktop copyholder. [Products via Amazon.com Computer Products.]
- Ergonomic Footrests (via amazon.com)
A selection of ergonomic footrests designed for the office desk via amazon.com. Why does a footrest matter? OSHA writes about chairs and footrests: “using a chair with a seat that is too high may force you to work with your feet unsupported or encourage you to move forward in the chair to a point where your back is unsupported making it more difficult to maintain the S-shape of the spine. These awkward postures can lead to fatigue, restricted circulation, swelling, numbness, and pain.” In addition, the Humanscale Foot Machine goes even further, according to Humanscale's website about their Foot Machine: “The foot machine, with its ball-bearing, roller design encourages gentle rocking of the feet in the same way a rocking chair encourages movement. This rocking motion uses most of the lower leg muscles and increases healthful circulation.” Editor note: I have a Humanscale Foot Machine at my office desk as part of my ergonomic office desk setup, and I can attest to this very fact. In addition, I love to run my feet over the massage balls, too. It's more than worth its price. I've had mine a few years now and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. [Products via Amazon.com Office Furniture and Accessories]
- Galvin's Business and Office Furniture
Galvin's has a wide range of office furniture, including plenty of ergonomically designed furniture and accessories. You can buy through their online store or visit their San Francisco area showrooms (Galvins - Redwood City; Techline East Bay, Oakland). [Web sites: shopgalvins.com, techlineeastbay.com.]
- Herman Miller Ergonomic Office Products
Including their highly popular Aeron Chairs and other Herman Miller ergonomic office, work chairs; ergonomic systems furniture; and ergonomic work tools, such as CPU and monitor supports, hand/wrist/foot supports, keyboard/mouse/laptop platforms, office supply organizers, paper trays/file holders, scooter stands, shelves, task lights, telephone trays, work display tools, and more. Well known and highly regarded ergonomically designed office furniture and tools by Herman Miller. You'll find extensive information at their site about the design technology that has gone into this ergonomic line of work chairs, office furniture, and other office tools, including downloadable white papers, brochures, case studies, adjustment information, and where you can buy them locally or online.
Editor note: I've had a Herman Miller Aeron Chair at my office desk for a few years now, which I custom ordered for size, colors, and features, and I can't imagine life without it, especially with sometimes long hours at my desk. It's unbelievably comfortable, easy to adjust, easy to use, and also happens to look great at my desk. This chair is truly exceptional. Everyone who sits in it can't believe how incredibly comfortable it is, and they immediately understand my wholehearted enthusiasm about it. There are lots of knock-offs and fakes of this famous, award-winning chair, but none compare to the real thing. When I thought about how many hours each day I sit at my desk, I quickly realized that I sit in this chair more waking hours than any other piece of furniture, whether at home or at my office. Having a comfortable, ergonomically designed chair really matters and makes all the difference. [Web site: Herman Miller.]
Fantastic quality, well designed ergonomic office chairs, keyboard trays, monitor arms, task lighting, CPU holders, ergonomic tools, safety kits, more.
Editor note: I purchased their Foot Machine foot rest, which I use at my desk with my Herman Miller Aeron Chair. The flexible design of the Foot Machine allows plenty of foot movement, along with the wonderful massage balls for the feet. There's nothing better, in my opinion! Add it to your Wish List for that extra special gift. I also have one of their CPU holders for my current main office computer, and now I'm spoiled for life. I've bought several different brands over the years, and the Humanscale is unsurpassed in ease of use and overall design. [Web site: Humanscale.]
Kneelsit's unique ergonomic balance chair is designed for long hours of sitting in comfort, allowing exact balance and continuous movement. From their site: “Kneelsit is a groundbreaking ergonomic computer chair that has been enthusiastically received by users and applauded by medical and scientific professionals from major institutions. Even those who previously used other types of ergonomic chairs have switched to the Kneelsit to relieve pain and sit comfortably for hours on end.” [Web site: Kneelsit.]
- Ott-Lite Vision Saver and True Color Lamps
There are a variety of styles and types of TrueColor™, VisionSaverPlus® desk and table lamps, task lamps, bulbs, and tubes. The TrueColor™ lighting is “specially formulated to show colors accurately and details clearly with a low heat, low glare, soothing illumination.” The VisionSaverPlus® lighting provides “high contrast, low heat, low glare illumination and helps reduce eyestrain.”
Editor note: I use a TrueColor™ FlexArm Plus Lamp at my office desk for work - I swing it out of the way, adjust its direction, and it's easy, great to use, fabulous lighting. My children have used the VisionSaver Plus™ Portable Table Lamps for their homework, and I also have an Ott-Lite TrueColor™ floor lamp for reading, sewing, etc. So I know firsthand that they are a cut above the rest. Well made and exceptional lighting. [Web site: OTT-Lite.]
- Relax the Back
Relax the Back carries ergonomically designed office workstations and chairs, footrests, back supports, wrist and arm supports and other accessories, exercise accessories, and more. [Web site: Relax the Back.]
Offers adjustable, 360-degree pivot laptop platforms, coolpads. While they market them to provide needed airspace to help keep your laptop cool, they're also adjustable, portable platforms for your laptop that you can adjust to help with your ergonomic laptop setup. They have two versions, the Podium CoolPad and smaller 'Traveler' Coolpad. You can purchase either one or both of them through the site or a multitude of other sources, including amazon.com: Targus PA241U Podium Coolpad, Targus PA239U Targus Traveler CoolPad. Note that RoadTools sells them under their own brand name and also under the Targus brand name.
Editor note: I have both the Podium CoolPad and the smaller 'Traveler' Coolpad for my laptop. They're fantastic, keeping my laptop cool but also adjusted to have my laptop ergonomically positioned. I use the larger one at home and office and the smaller 'Traveler' Coolpad when I take my laptop out with me. [Web site: RoadTools.]
- Seating, back supports, and cushions
Relax the Back stores have a good variety of seating supports, neck supports, seat cushions, lumbar supports, support belts, and more. Purchase at a local store or online. [Web site: Relax the Back.]
- Workplace Office Furniture Ltd
Selection of ergonomically designed office furnishings and accessories for the UK. [Web site: Workplace Office Furniture Ltd.]
Other Link Resources for Ergonomic Furniture and Accessories
- Ergonomic Office Furniture
Directory listing of many ergonomic furniture stores and related accessories via Google.com. [Directory listing part of Google Directory.]
- Ergonomic Computer Accessories
Listing of helpful ergonomic computer-related products by a variety of companies, and includes listings for anti-glare screens, articulating arms, document holders, eyewear, ergonomic keyboards and keyboard supports, laptop accessories, mouse support, voice recognition products, wrist and arm supports, and more. [Section is part of the Ergobuyer® Buyer's Guide.]
- Ville's Ergonomy Resource
Recommendations for quite a few products and accessories, with links to more information and purchasing. Very helpful. [Resource by Astron-Fortis Inc / Ville Walveranta.]
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