When designing for the office, our goal is to create beautiful and innovative solutions that make the workday more comfortable and productive. We realize that comfort in the workplace can lead to increased efficiency and that appealing design can inspire creativity.

Whether you are working on a time-sensitive proposal or merely paying the family bills, thoughtful office design plays an integral role in supporting workplace productivity and comfort. 

Here are a few guidelines and ergonomic tips that will help you improve your office comfort and productivity.

Height matters.

We spend more time typing on our keyboards than any other office activity, so be sure to place it in a location that is comfortable and easy to reach without unnecessary strain. Keep your arms at a 90-degree angle, allowing your hands to rest comfortably at the keyboard. Height adjustable work surfaces or a built-in keyboard drawer also provide placement flexibility, allowing you to set your keyboard for maximum comfort and minimal strain.

Screen time.

To minimize neck and eye strain, place your monitor in a comfortable position. The optimal screen height is at, or slightly below, eye level. Your eyes should look slightly downward when viewing the middle of the screen, without having to tilt your head. In general, the screen should be about 20” from your eyes (about an arm's length) to minimize eye strain. For added flexibility, use an adjustable monitor arm that allows you to adjust the height and position as needed throughout the day.

Perfect your posture.

We spend nearly six hours a day sitting at our desk. How you sit is an essential contributor to your comfort. The ideal office chair should be adjustable – seat height, arm and headrests, lumbar support, and pitch - to help you achieve the optimal seated position. Knees should bend at a 90-degree angle, with your feet flat on the floor. Forearms and wrists should be parallel to the floor, resting comfortably on your work surface. A task chair that allows for fine adjustments will help you maintain good posture throughout the day.

Get on your feet.

Medical professionals recommend a mixture of sitting and standing throughout the day for a healthier work environment. Use of a height-adjustable standing desk keeps your body in motion, which is proven to increase circulation and productivity. Set an alarm to periodically remind you to alternate between sitting and standing for maximum benefit. 

Close at hand.

Keep office supplies and equipment within reach to maximize efficiency throughout the workday. File storage and printers should be accessible but stored away to minimize clutter and distraction. Consider a mobile solution that will move with you as your workday dictates. Locking storage provides security for records and personal valuables.   

Clear the cables.

Between a monitor, printer, cell phone charger, work phone, keyboard and desk lamp, the cord clutter can add up. Eliminate this distraction by organizing and controlling your wiring. By utilizing cable management channels, cable ties, and a wireless keyboard and mouse, you can create an organized workspace that is ready for business.

At BDI, we understand that where you work affects how you work. By paying attention to the way your office is arranged and organized, you can quickly take steps to increase your everyday comfort and productivity.

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