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Ergonomic Factors When You Buy Office Furniture in Ireland

Style is important when you’re shopping for office furniture, but choosing the right pieces for ergonomic comfort is even more essential. Ergonomic furniture helps you maintain your physical wellbeing while you work or study, which in turn is better for your mental health as well. Reduce stress, strain, and discomfort with the right office chairs, desks, and more. 

There are many ergonomic factors to keep in mind when selecting the right office furniture for your home office or remote workspace. Read on to learn about a few of the most important considerations, and how they can have a significant benefit on your at-home working routine. 

Eye strain

We all know that staring at the computer screen all day isn’t good for your eyes. And if you work a desk job, whether in an office or remotely at home, there aren’t many ways to avoid spending a long time looking at screens. You can (and should) take a break for a few minutes every hour or so to give your eyes a rest, but if you have to return to your laptop day after day then a long-term setup to limit eye strain is important. 

Choosing the right office furniture and the right positioning is important in not overworking your eyes. Your desk should be wide and high enough that you can place your monitor an arm’s length away and at or slightly below eye level, or you should add a laptop stand that will raise your screen to the correct height. 

Although your computer screen will have its own backlight, this lighting can get tiring for your eyes to look at over time. Therefore, adequate lighting for the entire home office area is important. Add primary lighting to your home office in the form of natural light, where possible, and overhead lights where necessary, and incorporate task lighting such as desk lamps and floor lamps to ensure you have a bright and well-lit workspace. 

Carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common issue among those who mainly work at a desk, especially if you spend a lot of time typing on a keyboard. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist and causes numbness, tingling, and pain in your hand, wrist, and fingers. Because it can take months for symptoms to subside, it is important to create an ergonomically-designed setup for your workspace to avoid this issue. 

The best way to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome is to keep your wrists in a straight line while you type, rather than flexing upwards or downwards. You can do this by ensuring that your desk and chair are at the right heights and distance from each other. Once again, the right office furniture for your posture is important, as good posture can prevent you from dumping weight into your wrists and creating pressure on your median nerve. 

Keeping your hands warm can also help to prevent stiffness in your wrists, so setting up your office environment for cosy comfort is another way to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist strain. Add accessories like rugs and throws to warm up your space and accent your office furniture in style. 

Shop office furniture in Ireland at Corcoran’s

If you are upgrading your office space, starting a new work-from-home job, or looking to revamp your study routine, you need office furniture that will meet your ergonomic needs and keep you comfortable throughout the day. At Corcoran’s Furniture we have everything you need, from office desks and chairs to accessories and lighting. Shop the range from Corcoran’s Furniture online or in-store now, and add supportive style to your home office setup. You may also want to learn more about the future of remote working — if so, check out our infographic for all the details.