When setting up your ergonomic desk it is crucial to place all of your equipment in the correct position. With so many hours spent sitting in front of a monitor, both at work and at home, having your monitor placed at the right viewing height can help to ensure that you are not adopting a bad posture, which can often lead to neck, back and other musculoskeletal problems.
What is the correct monitor height?
Ensure that your screen is level with your eyes. This will ideally be 5-8cm below the top edge of your computer monitor. You can achieve this by adjusting the height of your chair, your screen or a combination of both. Using an adjustable monitor stand can also help you to find the perfect position.
Position your monitor centrally. This will prevent you from needing to turn your head constantly, which can create neck and shoulder pain due to twisting. You can also tilt your screen as required, in order to avoid craning your head upwards or downwards.
If your job involves you needing to deal with customers face to face across your desk, a monitor arm could be the key to finding the best working position. This will allow you to swivel your screen to the side when its not in use, preventing the need to set up your monitor in a permanent position where you will always need to twist your neck.
What is the best viewing distance for my monitor?
Your screen should ideally be at arm's length when you are sitting back in your chair, so this is easy to measure. Sitting too close or too far away can cause eye strain, so it’s best to find a solution for this as soon as you can.
Other tips for comfortable monitor use
Be aware of window glare and reflections that can affect your monitor experience. These can add to eye strain and can result in headaches.
Adjusting the brightness of your screen can help keep headaches and eye strain at bay too. Depending on the natural light that is available in your office space, you can alter your screen settings to suit you. This may need to be altered throughout the day, as the natural light may change as the sun moves.
Once your working space is set up correctly, it should be a rare occurrence where you need to alter it. Putting in a little bit of organisation time now can potentially save you hours of discomfort in the future.