Working on a computer for many hours a day can be painful. In the long run, it can cause serious health problems. In order to avoid the most common computer-induced health conditions such as Musculoskeletal problems and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, people are looking for solutions such as ergonomic computer desks and chairs or stand-up desks. They are good ideas, but not a single solution.
In reality, it’s not the posture and your legs, arms, and hands position that cause the problem, but the amount of time you remain in that position.
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Home Office Setup
Having an ergonomic workstation is very important for people who work in the office and must spend 40 hours per week at their desks. However, you can be more relaxed when choosing computer desks for a home office because you don’t have to limit yourself to one working place – your entire house or an apartment is in your possession. Why not move around with your laptop?
Please remember that in addition to having ergonomic office equipment, all medical professionals and ergonomists advise frequent breaks in your work for stretching, walking, and exercise.
Is it always possible in practice? Let’s say you are in the middle of a 3-hour task that requires your full concentration. If you get up and exercise every 45 minutes of your work, it’ll be a big disturbance: you’ll lose your line of thoughts, your focus, and inspiration. Afterward, it will take you another 15 minutes only to get back on track in your project.
Do you see yourself sitting in a correct position (as shown in the picture above) even for 45 minutes? I don’t. I’d curve my back, skew my shoulders, deform my neck… Wouldn’t you?
Wouldn’t it be a much shorter break and smoother transition if you simply change your position every 45 minutes? That’s the beauty of working from home — you can allow yourself to do this! Don’t forget that walking and exercise are still very important: do it as soon as you finished your high-concentration part of the project, or at least once during your workday.
Here is my advice:
Have your stationary home office desk that offers more working surface space than just for holding your laptop or monitor.
Buy a mobile easily adjustable desk for your laptop, which you’d be able to move around your house.
Get an in-bed laptop stand for work while lying in bed, or on a couch or sofa.
If you own all 3 pieces, you don’t have to worry too much about the science of ergonomics being fully implemented in your stationary desk. Use your old sedentary desk and if your chair is not very comfortable, buy a new one. If you need to buy a desk anyway, you may focus more on its price, size, how appealing and comfortable it feels for you, and how it fits the overall design of your house.
This affordable contemporary mobile desk is perfect for laptop usage. It gives you the option to sit down or stand up. The pneumatic lever allows you to adjust the height with minimal effort.
Finish: Mahogany laminate Top Size: 28.25″W x 16.75-18.5″D x 1″ Thick Base Size: 8.5-26.25″W Height Range: 29” – 41” Width Between Front Wheels: 25 1/2″ Warranty: 5 Year Limited
This portable laptop desk is very sturdy and stable. It is equipped with 4 dual-wheel casters. The front casters have the locking mechanism.
The curved top has pen/pencil tray, the lip in utensil tray is for easy retrieval.
The top surface is not movable. It doesn’t rotate and can’t be angled; it stays parallel to the floor.
This desk is easy to assemble.
Overall, this portable laptop desk is a perfect mobile solution for your home. It won’t take too much space and is easy to move around. Quickly and easy switching from sitting down to standing up position during your work breaks the long duration of remaining in the same position and promotes healthy blood flow.
This budget-friendly 👌 mobile laptop cart is the best space-saving solution for your home. Not only it doesn’t take much of the floor space, but it also gives you additional storage room.
Color: Black; also available in Chocolate Material: Heavy-duty MDF wood panels with a moisture-resistant PVC laminate veneer Height Range: 30.75″ – 45.5″; manual adjustment with dual knobs Top Panel Size: 21.5″W x 13″D Top Panel Capacity: 20Lbs Mid-Panel Size: 8.75″ x 11.5″ Mid-Panel Capacity: 20Lbs Closed Storage Compartment • Dimensions: 7.75″W x 6.5″D x 6.25″H • Capacity: 20Lbs Open storage compartment • Dimensions: 7.75″W x 11.25″D x 13.75″H • Capacity: 30Lbs Base Size: 21.5″W x 17″D Warranty: 5 years limited.
Table panel of this model is a swivel type. It tilts from 0° to 60° – so you can adjust it to the most ergonomic, comfortable working angle. This adjustable top panel features a safety edge-stopper to prevent objects from sliding off when tilted.
Model RTA-B005 Sit-to-Stand Mobile Laptop Cart offers an open storage compartment and a closed storage compartment with bottom hinges. The leg space in sitting position is limited – you’d need to convert to the standing height in order to stretch your legs.
Techni Mobili offers this model in two colors: Black and Chocolate, and they also have a very similar design in Graphite and Woodgrain finish. The links in this review will bring you to the page which has reference to the other model (RTA-B002) as well. I like the overall design of RTA-B005 a little better than RTA-B002 because it has a closed storage compartment and the tabletop can be tilted in this model. However, I want to warn you that the minimum height of this cart (30.75″ ) seems a bit high for a sitting position in a regular chair. If you choose this design, you may need to have an elevated chair. The RTA-B002 model’s height adjustment ranges from 27″ or 28″ (depending on the finish you choose) to 43″. 27″-28″ hight of a desk is more common for sitting position and can be used with almost any chair.
Measuring 21.75″ wide x 17″ deep, this mobile laptop cart is perfect for small spaces. It can easily fit through a standard doorway. This cart has 4 non-marking nylon casters, 2 of which include a locking mechanism.
The assembly of the cart is easy and straight-forward; all instructions and tools are included.
Overall, this is a very good value for the price. This mobile laptop cart is truly designed for functionality, comfort, and aesthetics.
Relax in bed, couch or sofa while working from home on a computer using this inexpensive portable laptop couch desk/ bed table. This adjustable laptop stand is designed with full control and flexibility to benefit your health by releasing your back, shoulders and neck pressure.
Color: Black Weight: Under 3 Lbs Table size: 16.5″ x 10″ Material: Aluminum tray Capacity: 33 lbs. Adjustable Maximum Height: 18.9″
No assembly required.
Sturdy adjustable legs: 360 Degree Rotation
2 Built-in Cooling Fans
Removable Mouse Board
The lightweight of this portable laptop stand makes carrying easy. Yet, sturdy legs and high strength aluminum tray hold your computer firm and steady. The collapsible frame can be set in limitless angles and at any height to fit any body position. To adjust the configuration hold down the button on the joints, change the position, and release the button to lock it in place. Please note that while the adjustment process seems fairly easy, this could be a thread for your beautiful long nails manicure. 🤔
This stand is equipped with 2 silent CPU fans powered through USB ports. The fans suck hot air from under your laptop for active heat dissipation providing the easiest way to keep your computer cool.
With DoubleFly Adjustable Laptop Stand, you can use a computer at your most comfortable position regardless of where you are sitting, lying, or standing. This table raises your laptop to eye level and saves your wrists, back and neck from poor posture. So, it will protect your body from pain and discomfort.
Overall, this fully adjustable portable laptop stand is what makes working from home feel like an endless vacation.
This high-quality portable laptop stand is remarkably versatile and easy to adjust. Recommended by the London Spine Clinic, the Posture Laptop Stand is designed to avoid back pain, neck pain and improve overall well-being whether you’re working at a desk, in bed or on a sofa.
Color: Black; also available in Raspberry Pink and White Material: Zinc alloy joints and aluminum components Dimensions: • Laptop tray: 17.6″W x 11.2″D • Adjustable Maximum Height: 21.9″ Weight: 5.51 Lbs Capacity: 110 Lbs Inner width between supporting legs: 19.5″
The Posture Stand can be used as a Standing Desk converter. It allows working in the optimum position to support spinal alignment. and improves the ergonomics of your workspace wherever you are.
This portable laptop stand can hold up to 110 pounds (50kg), making it one of the sturdiest and most durable laptop stands on the market. It has 360-degree rotating legs, zinc locking joints allow the Posture Stand to be configured to any height and angle. The attachable mouse board can be placed at the left or right side of the stand. Airflow holes on the top panel help keep your laptop cool.
Posture Laptop Stand looks and functions somewhat similar to the DoubleFly Adjustable Laptop Stand reviewed above. Comparing to DoubleFly model, BackPainHelp’s model has its pros and cons.
Convenient adjustment knobs
Bigger height extension
Price, while still affordable, is more than 2 times higher than of DoubleFly model
The heavier weight
No cooling fans
Overall, the Posture Stand is solid, nicely designed, remarkably versatile, well-made, and very convenient. Even though its price is at a higher range among similar-purpose models, customers report that it’s worth every penny.
DRAGONN Ergonomic Kneeling Office Chair has a functional design that promotes a better posture and creates exceptional comfort. This angled kneeling chair distributes your weight evenly throughout your buttocks and legs. It keeps your back at an upright position and your spine aligned.
This ergonomic kneeling office chair is equipped with a mesh thick three-inch cushion to ensure all-day cool comfort. It has 2x more cushion than most competitors’ models. That is twice as much comfort for your buttocks and knees, allowing you to work productively for a longer time!
This stool has 4 casters giving you the ability to easily move around. Two front wheels are equipped with a locking mechanism.
With the seat cushion angled at a comfortable 90 degree, this ergonomic kneeling stool has a functional design that promotes better posture.
Featuring the strong metal base, this kneeling chair is designed to last long and sustain a load of up to 250 Lbs.
The adjustable height will allow you to find the perfect position that works for you.
The assembly is easy and straight-forward. Buyers report their assembly time ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.
Overall, the sturdy X-shape design made to be strong and supportive. The stool is easy to use and is excellent for your posture and comfort. Its compact size and sleek design will be a great addition to your home working environment.
BestOffice Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair is incredible for its price! It is stylish, comfortable, firm, and sturdy. Its S-shaped ergonomic design provides exceptional lumbar support, relieves the pressure on the cervical vertebrae, and helps maintain the natural curve of the spine.
Color: Black, also available in Blue, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Red, and White Material: Nylon, Mesh Maximum Capacity: 250 Lbs Seat Size: 18.5″W x 18″D Adjustable Seat Height: 18″ – 21″ Back Size: 16″W x 18″H Base Diameter: 22″
BestOffice Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair is easy to install. It comes with the necessary instructions, hardware, and tools. Estimated assembly time is about 15 minutes.
High-density sponge cushion provides excellent comfort for long use. The durable breathable mesh seat allows air to circulate and keep you cool.
The bottom of this mesh office chair is equipped with a tension adjusting knob to provide the back a certain degree of tilt. The highly ventilated back can be locked in an upright position or released for rocking back and forth for relaxation.
The adjusting lever can help you adjust the height of the seat to the ideal height fitting your desk. This desk chair uses a standard Classic-3 gas lift, which has passed the SGS, BIFMA quality and safety tests.
The chair is equipped with safe and reliable 5-claw chair legs. It offers great stability and mobility. The heavy-duty nylon base fitted with five 360-degree swivel and smooth-rolling hooded dual-caster wheels provides more moveability, running smoothly on different floor surfaces. The chair’s capacity is up to 250 lbs, and the base can hold up to 2500 Lbs.
Overall, BestOffice Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair was designed in modern style and is a great budget-friendly choice for your home office interior. This office chair was made with human-oriented ergonomic design and provides a comfortable sitting experience, safety, and reliability.
Contemporary black and white stylish Hbada Ergonomic High-Back Office Chair is a recliner type. It is designed to provide you long-lasting comfort with fully upholstered back, height-adjustable seat, armrests, and pull-out footrest. Headrest effectively supports your neck.
Color: Black & White Maximum Capacity: 300 Lbs Height Range: 17.3″-20.5″ Seat Area: 19.7″ x 18.5″ Backrest: 22.4″ x 18.5″ Reclining Range: from 90° to 155° Base Diameter: 26.77″ (68 sm) Warranty: 1 Year
Hbada Ergonomic High-Back Office Chair is easy to assemble. While assembling, the width of the armrests can be adjusted. Once the bolts are tightened down your armrests will only adjust up and down. Another adjustment built into the construction of the chair is controlling the distance from the seat to the backrest.
Soft 3.15″ (8sm) thick foam-padded seat cushion slopes slightly downward to help reduce stress on your legs. It is comfortable and durable – retains its shape and fullness over time.
Breathable mesh high-back office chair is sturdily constructed and promotes increased airflow, keeping you feeling cool and comfortable.
The backrest of this recliner chair is S-shaped to support your lumbar and midback and reduces spinal pressure. The back is adjustable to recline from 90° to 155°. Use one of the levers under the seat to adjust the chair back reclining. Another lever adjusts the height of the seat. SGS certificated safe gas lift cylinder is utilized to move the seat in the vertical direction during the adjustment process.
Ergonomic sturdy arms are freely adjustable, which makes a good reclining experience. Soft PU padding creates comfort and protects arms.
This ergonomic high-back office chair features an adjustable headrest with breathable mesh. It rotates 30° and adjusts up and down for different heights.
This chair’s 5-star silenced wheeled base offers practical and aesthetic design with a smooth polished surface. The base is solid and allows for quick and easy movement on any surface. The casters are PU-clothed to protect your floor.
The recliner is equipped with a pull-out footrest.
Overall, Hbada Ergonomic High-Back Office Chair is very sturdy, comfortable and offers lots of amazing practical and convenient features. One of the buyers described this chair as “marvel of modern engineering” for an affordable price.
Ergonomics of your home working environment is important for your health, but even more important for you to switch your body position as often as possible, stretch, walk and exercise. If frequent breaks for walks and exercise are not an option in your business, create more than one setting for your work and switch from sitting to standing to lying positions.
Consider my advice and choose equipment for your work-from-home that suits your needs and space.
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is a founder of LiveWealthyRetirement.com. She is a caregiver to her adult son with disabilities, and therefore a full-time work in a remote office is no longer an option for her. Julia established her own online business to help others with similar needs to work from home on their own schedule. She also teaches people how to achieve financial independence in the senior years even if they were unable to start saving for the retirement in their youth.