We all know that having an ergonomic work environment can make us more productive and comfortable at the office. Ergonomically designed spaces and products can reduce fatigue, body aches and provide long-term health benefits, so their principles should not just be reserved for work environments. Here are some ways to incorporate ergonomic design into your home.
Select firm upholstered furniture pieces
Firm doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable. A firmer sofa or chair is easier to get up from and offers more support to your body. Adding an ottoman to put your feet up can also help to place your body in a more proper position. Another tip is to change your body position frequently when lounging for long periods of time to avoid body aches.
Use work surfaces of varying heights for kitchen tasks
Having different countertop heights in the kitchen ensures that everyone has a comfortable place to work, no matter what their height. Lower height counters are great when cooking with kids, or if you just need to get off your feet and sit down while chopping your veggies. An island that is a little higher than normal can provide a comfortable workspace for taller people so they don’t have to stoop over. Even something as simple as a pull-out cutting board built in at a lower height can provide a great alternative to standard counter heights.
Using contrast in design can be beneficial to delineate spaces, however, avoid selecting finishes with drastic color contrasts to alleviate eye strain. Painting a dark color on the wall next to a sunny window or chopping veggies on a white cutting board set on top of a black granite counter can create strain since your eye has to constantly adjust between the two contrasting surfaces. Selecting a matte finish for counter surfaces also reduces the glare associated with high gloss finishes.
Don’t forget your bed
Since a good part of our day is spent sleeping, a good quality supportive bed is important to promote good sleep habits and help avoid body aches.
Making simple changes to incorporate ergonomic design into your home will provide great benefits for years to come!