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!