A Short Rant

A Short Rant

We don’t like the 29” (74 cm) fixed height desktop!

Long favoured by many North American furniture manufacturers, the 29” Height worksurface is a factor in poor office ergonomics .


For many people 29” is too high and the height conflicts with ergonomic best practices : 


  • it places the mouse / keyboard too high and risks creating wrist, elbow and shoulder problems
  • it places the monitor(s) too high forcing an upward viewing angle instead of the recommended downward angle
  • for shorter people it places the seated height too low to maintain a 90⁰ hip angle with feet flat on the floor

THE 29” WORKAROUND

Several products partly address the shortcomings of the fixed-height 29” worksurface : 

 

  • Keyboard arms, to lower wrists below worksurface height
  • Sophisticated chairs that raise and lower users’ seated height
  • A variety of arms and stands for re-positioning monitors

.… But These Products Are Not a Complete Solution 


  • Keyboard arms do allow better wrist positioning but they are bulky, they increase the office size ‘footprint’ and they are expensive
  • Chairs used properly may help with seated posture but they don’t address the problem of a worksurface that is too high and they are expensive 
  • Monitor arms and stands facilitate custom positioning of monitors but do not allow for the recommended downward viewing angle if the worksurface is too high to begin with.
  • None of these solutions do anything to get users standing at work!




Les Miklos

Les has many years of experience in the industry and is always willing to help solve your equipment mounting challenges!

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