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Offline sikhanegi

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Question on ergonomic desk setup settings
« on: Mon, 01 May 2023, 05:08:37 »
Hey folks.

I have been doing a good amount of research lately on getting my desk, keyboard and mouse setup for the most optimal settings possible.

I am a developer/keyboard warrior, so long days at my desk with hands on keyboard are the norm. That said, being comfy and protecting myself are key.

I really just have a few specifc questions that i was looking for pointers on.
First, my settings:
6'3" tall
210 pounds I am quite active when not working.

Main questions are around settings:

how high should my desk be? I have a adjustable desk (standing/sitting desk with motor and saved settings). I keep adjusting this one and keep trying to find out what are the best settings

how high should my chair be? Coincides with number 1 as I would think they relate to one another.

Last one is hand posiitiono on the keyboard AND desk. What I mean is, where should my hands "fall" on the desk? Shoudl they be close to the edge? Should they be closer to the monitor? Should my arms partially rest on the desk?

Those really are the things I am looking for guidance on.

One last thing: IN regards to the keyboard, i have been testing out a kinesis advantage 2, which I quite like. It is very comfortable, but the keyboard is a little taller. I need to take that into account when setting up the desk and chair.

In the end, i am working to be proactive and avoid any injuries while being comfy and productive.

Much appreciated!

Offline Mandan

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Re: Question on ergonomic desk setup settings
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 08 May 2023, 20:29:22 »
how high should my desk be? I have a adjustable desk (standing/sitting desk with motor and saved settings). I keep adjusting this one and keep trying to find out what are the best settings

how high should my chair be? Coincides with number 1 as I would think they relate to one another.

Your chair needs to be low enough that the front edge doesn't restrict circulation to your lower legs.  At 6'3 it might not be something you've run into.  It should be high enough that your thighs are taking a portion of your weight, not just your hipbones.

With the chair taken care of, then you can do your desk.

Old-school "keyboard operator" stuff recommended the keyboard be practically in your lap, your upper arms straight down, and your forearms at 90 degrees.   Newer standards are a bit different, but they all assume you're not doing anything other than typing.  Certainly not using the desk as, well, a desk.  I usually have my keyboard pushed up against the monitors, at arm's length, to get room for papers, reference material, and the trackball, which sits in front of the space bar.  You'll have to make your own compromise.

I switched back from a modern USB ANSI keyboard to an IBM Model F a while back.  One problem with that is that, with the desk at an appropriate height for non-keyboard work, the F is enough thicker that it's not as comfortable to type on as it should be.  I've never had much luck with wrist rests, but the Good Idea Fairy has suggested making something like a thick mat to put in front of the keyboard, effectively making it lower while myforearms are on the desk.  I'll have to remove the spacers under the desk legs to get the same operating height, though.