When people think about ergonomic furniture, they normally think about large items such as work desks and posture-correcting chairs. Few people realize that ergonomics is actually much more than just the furniture one sits in. Ergonomics is about creating an entire workspace that promotes good, comfortable posture that prevents injuries associated with repetitive strain. Even seemingly small elements of the work environment – including the keyboard tray – play an integral part in protecting you from serious long-term damage.
Using Your Adjustable Keyboard Tray
Unlike traditional or built-in keyboard trays, an adjustable keyboard tray allows you to customize your work environment to your body. The comfort difference between a pre-installed keyboard tray and an adjustable one is much like the difference between tailored clothes and off-the-rack ones. The customized tray encourages you to sit correctly and keep your arms at a healthy 90-degree angle.
Tips to Using Your Tray
If you are planning on investing in an ergonomic adjustable keyboard, it can help to follow these tips:
- When looking for an adjustable keyboard, look for one that is large enough to hold not just your keyboard, but any other items you plan on using, such as a mouse. A mouse tray/area on the same level of your keyboard tray is highly recommended. Swivel mouse platforms are available on some models, a great space saving option for desks with limited space.
- Generally speaking, the clearance from the ground should be between two feet and two-and-a-half feet, although you should consult with a professional to determine the best height for you
- If you use a tray with a screw or knob adjustment device, be careful not to over-tighten the units, as this could strip the screws, which could cause the unit to fail
Prevent Injury with Proper Adjustment of your Keyboard Tray
When installing your adjustable keyboard tray, it is important to carefully follow the instructions. Generally speaking, when sitting upright in your chair, your arms should comfortably rest at a right angle, allowing you to sit strain-free at the keyboard. You should be able to access the keys easily, and your wrists should be held straight. This can help prevent repetitive-strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. These injuries can lead to pain stemming from the back and spine, which can spread to the neck, the arms, and legs.
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