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Working Comfortably: Your Keyboard

The next installment in our “Working Comfortably” series has to do with your keyboard and mouse. You may think it’s just fine to plop these two items in front of your computer and start working away, but you’d be wrong

The truth is, where your keyboard and mouse sit, and where your hands sit as a result, is crucial to the long-term health of your joints; especially if you are in front of a computer 40 hours a week. Check out the below tips to make sure your keyboard and mouse are properly positioned.

What to Look for in a Keyboard

Your primary concern when purchasing a keyboard is comfort. Look for one that has a wrist rest and height and tilt adjustments. Test some keyboards out before buying to make sure they keys feel comfortable to you also, as there are many different styles of keys to choose from.

Finally, consider the space your keyboard will be in. For optimal positioning, you will want to place it centered directly in front of you. Because of this, it’s a good idea to purchase a keyboard without a number pad on the side. Most people don’t need this at work, and you’ll still have numbers along the top anyway.

Keyboard Positioning

When typing, your arms should be at an angle of 90 degrees or less and your elbows should be at your sides. The keyboard itself should sit about 2 inches above your thighs, which may require you to use a keyboard tray or lower your desk height.

Ideally, your keyboard will actually tilt away from you, not toward you, which means you should never use the feet on the bottom of the keyboard. Make sure your wrists are straight and move your entire arm while typing in order to reduce strain.

You can have the nicest keyboard in the world, but it won’t matter much unless you have a good desk to go with at. At Office Furniture Source, we have a huge variety of desks, including L-shaped desks, U-shaped desks, and table desks. We also offer an amazing selection of sit/stand desks and height adjustable desks so you can find the position that’s right for you.

If you’re looking for a new desk or almost any other kind of office furniture in Dallas, TX, we can help. Contact us or give our Furniture Consultants a call at 972-242-1700 to learn more.

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