The ergonomics of Office Furniture

The word ergonomic evolved from two Greek words – ‘ergo’ implying work and ‘nomos’ that means laws. Ergonomic office furniture is furniture that comfortably supports the people who use it for 8 -12 hours a day.

Furniture designers consider anthropometry, posture, and repetitive motions so that they can offer viable solutions for designing office furniture and fit-outs:

Anthropometry is the study that involves measurements of the proportions, size, and weight of the human body. Designing ergonomically suitable furniture requires an  understanding of average shapes and sizes for human body. Back support, arm rests and cushions should be designed for ample comfort and correct support.

Posture – A comfortable posture is one that does not put stress on user’s back, bottom, arm muscles and feet. Office chairs need to be designed in a way that they support the  spine in a healthy manner. Similarly the size, shape and materials used for office desks and tables should allow for comfortable working for extended hours.  Besides seated posture, ergonomic design scheme considers other workplace postures such as standing, reaching and moving.

Repetitive tasks can lead to injuries but minimising the number of continual movements (such as typing continuously for hours) in an office may not be possible. A factor that can help in minimising the risk of injury and musculoskeletal disorders is reducing the amount of force required to perform a task – this is where ergonomically designed furniture helps.

When you need customised solutions for ergonomic furniture to fit in your office, it is wise to hire an experienced office furniture consultancy – this not only increases the options that you can choose from but also helps to get things done withing your pre-determined budget.

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