Features to look for in ergonomic computer desks:
- Two separate adjustable surfaces, one for the monitor and one for the keyboard/mouse
- Each surface should adjust up and down
- The keyboard surface should also have the ability to angle downward
- If you are interested in standing while working at the computer, make sure that the unit adjusts to a standing position.
Adjusting your computer desk:
- Make sure your chair is adjusted to the proper height.
- Adjust the height of the upper surface (with the monitor), so that your head is level or angled slightly downward when viewing the monitor.
- Adjust the lower surface (with the keyboard and mouse), so that your shoulders are relaxed and forearms are angled downward when your hands are on the keyboard.
- The lower surface should also be adjusted with a downward slant, so that your forearms and wrists are in a continuous straight downward angle.
If you haven’t worked with your keyboard in this position before, you may initially find it somewhat odd to use, but I encourage you to try this position for at least a week. Once you get used to it, you probably will love it. This is the only way that I use my keyboard, and it is very comfortable.
If you sometimes stand when using your computer, consider placing an anti-fatigue mat under your feet.
If you do not have this type of computer desk, you can retro-fit your desk to achieve a similar set-up by using an adjustable keyboard tray and monitor stand. Click here for keyboard trays and here for monitor stands.