5 Essentials for the “Perfect” Work From Home Office

In the business of making well-designed ergonomic tools for the workspace for over 35 years, Humanscale and its team of certified ergonomists know that the ideal workstation is about more than just a beautiful chair or desk. There are a number of key factors to consider to ensure a workstation is functional and adaptable, as well as comfortable and healthy for the user. The leader in sustainable ergonomic tools for work has prepared a checklist to create a better workstation, fit for the home.

1. The Chair

Finding the perfect task chair is an important first step when creating a healthy comfortable workspace. Jonathan Puleio, a certified ergonomist and Global VP of Consulting for Humanscale, is focused on the correlation between a person’s comfort while working and their overall experience. He suggests that a comfortable ergonomic chair can lead to an increase in alertness as well as an increase in blood flow, benefitting a person’s well-being. “A good task chair can provide you with the best possible foundation to create great work,” he says. Puleio suggests looking for a chair that automatically adjusts to the sitter so they don’t need to fumble with confusing knobs and levers to be comfortable as they change tasks and positions throughout the day. Any adjustments that aren’t automatic, such as height and armrest height, should be easy and intuitive. One chair Puleio recommends is Humanscale’s Liberty chair which, like all Humanscale chairs, offers a self-adjusting weight sensitive recline with a pivoting backrest that provides lumbar support for all sitting positions.

2. The Desk

For decades, office furniture was designed to be stationary and people were required to adjust their physical positions around the tools in their workstation. Ergonomists now know that it’s important for people to be able to move freely throughout the day in order to be healthy, comfortable and focused at work. Furniture should adjust to the professional using it, not the other way around. Committed to putting people first, Humanscale designs all of its furniture, including desks, to move with the user as they work. A good sit/stand desk should be simple, intuitive and easy to use, so if a person needs to stand or sit while working, the process of raising or lowering the desk is seamless. Humanscale’s Float desk, for example, has an integrated counterbalance mechanism that accommodates varying weight loads. So with the press of a streamlined lever under the work surface, raising or lowering the desk is as quick and easy as sitting or standing and doesn’t interrupt the workflow.