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Ergonomic Chair/Desk Combination
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Rob Edwards  Identity Verified
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Feb 5, 2010

I have recently started getting the odd twinge in my back and think that this is probably caused by a combination of a desk that is too tall for me and a chair that doesn't really offer very good support for my back.

The upshot of this is that I need to have a rethink about my workstation. Does anyone have any recommendations for good quality office chairs and/or desks/workstations?

Many thanks,

Rob


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Noni Gilbert
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Poll on vaguely similar topic Feb 5, 2010

Quite a long time ago I asked a q for a quick poll about where people were sitting as they did the poll, and while it was pretty light-hearted stuff there were some responses with useful content: http://www.proz.com/polls/archived?poll_id_link=2562

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david young  Identity Verified
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try Feb 5, 2010

a well-padded reclining chair or settee (the ones with the button on the side). They're cheap, and I've been reclining in one for three years now, with ma laptop (or keyboard) on ma knee. They're convenient for a quick nap too, and help get rid of the whole "office" atmosphere if you're working from home. After all, where is it written that "man shall work sitting upright"? Crazy position.

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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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downview monitor Feb 5, 2010

I’m working with a downview monitor, i.e. the monitor is under my desk and I look through a glass plate down onto the screen - a natural writing position. I have never ever had a back ache from computer work, and my desk is always uncluttered; there is plenty of space for dictionaries and paper documents on 2 pull-out extensions to the right and left. Where I live (western Canada), this type of desk is used in many college classrooms and libraries, supposedly because they encourage students to look on their own screen instead of letting their eyes wander over to their neighbour’s
http://images.versatables.com/nav/b08/DV-Blue.jpg

Mine is a special version of that design – a beautiful, old fashioned oak roll-top desk that cost me a small fortune once, but it is worth every cent! I ‘m sitting on a run-of-the mill office chair with a high back.
And my clients? They can relax on a beautiful blue velvet chaise-longue

cheers,
johanna


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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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Large comfortable reclining leather armchair Feb 5, 2010

That is what I sit in. It has a tall back, and provides excellent back support. It has large well padded elbow rests. It swivels, it reclines. There is a large padded stool on which I can rest my legs. Altogether very comfortable. Twinge-free.

Not the ideal position for using the keyboard, you may think, particularly as my desk is higher than average. Quite right, not ideal. But adequate. And fairly irrelevant, as I use speech recognition instead of typing.


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Exactly Feb 5, 2010

david young wrote:

a well-padded reclining chair or settee (the ones with the button on the side). They're cheap, and I've been reclining in one for three years now, with ma laptop (or keyboard) on ma knee. They're convenient for a quick nap too, and help get rid of the whole "office" atmosphere if you're working from home. After all, where is it written that "man shall work sitting upright"? Crazy position.


Completely agree with David, I don't sit on a chair anymore, I found out that this was not a comfortable position. I have a padded half-chair and I lay on a mattress. It is still not the ideal position (that would be "not working at all"), but it is much better than before, and I also have my keyboard on my lap, a lapboard


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Lars Jelking  Identity Verified
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It's more than only chair and desk ... Feb 5, 2010

Take a look at the document on this link: www.hp.com/ergo

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Rob Edwards  Identity Verified
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Many thanks Everyone! Feb 5, 2010

Many thanks for your help everyone! It seems there is a lot to be considered....

Have a nice weekend.

Rob


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Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
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Ergonomic Chair/Desk Combination Feb 5, 2010

Rob Edwards wrote:

I have recently started getting the odd twinge in my back and think that this is probably caused by a combination of a desk that is too tall for me and a chair that doesn't really offer very good support for my back.

The upshot of this is that I need to have a rethink about my workstation. Does anyone have any recommendations for good quality office chairs and/or desks/workstations?

Many thanks,

Rob


I had also backaches in the past. But, the solution was no far away. Now I dictate, instead of typing during hours. It is faster and you do not need to sit all the time. Screen may be at desk, but I have a wall-arm too were I can put it if I am standing up.

In behalf of ergonomic chairs, be very prudent. If they are not customized to you (and they will cost then an arm and a leg), you can end with a sinovial effusion. At least, this is what my physician said last time I visit him...





[Editado a las 2010-02-05 21:09 GMT]


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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Similar threads in Russian Feb 5, 2010

Chair, mouse, keyboard (many pictures and links, so you are welcome!).

Also read HP Guide to Safety & Comfort (in English).

[Редактировалось 2010-02-05 21:51 GMT]


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Claudio Porcellana  Identity Verified
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sedus ! Feb 5, 2010

Hi

from my beginning as a translator in 2000 and till to 2005 I bought, used and thrown in the dustbin 5 office chairs, from a very cheap one, 50 EUR or so, to a couple of much more expensive chairs for about 200 EUR but no one of them was able to avoid backaches

in 2006 I bought the Rolls Royce of office chairs, i.e. a Sedus Open Up with elbowrest and headrest, and I cannot remember a backache since then, even after many many hours continuously sitting on it

Pros:
adjustable backrest pressure, dorsokinetic backrest, and a gas lift mechanism with seat-depth springing
Furthermore, you can recline the backrest at 30°, having your head cosily nestled on headrest, and all segments are adjustable: a great piece of hardware and a very sturdy chair (I'm 85 Kg)

Cons:
very expensive (about 1000 EUR in Italy on 2006) but it's worth doing, to me, as we have one spine only ...


http://www.sedus.de/se/en/downloads/files-products/P/P_open_mind_open_up_engl.pdf

Claudio


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Rob Edwards  Identity Verified
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Great! Feb 5, 2010

Many thanks Claudio. I have had a look at the website and it looks very interesting...

Rob


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Try Ikea first Feb 6, 2010

Before jumping into something expensive you could try my solution. I sit on a normal wooden chair with four legs and a straight back and have my keyboard and mouse (rollermouse pro) under the table on a keyboard tablet from Ikea (19 Euro). A very simple arrangement.

Regards
Heinrich


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david young  Identity Verified
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a word of warning Feb 6, 2010

hard arm-rests can cause ulnar tunnel syndrome, where you get tingling in your ring and little fingers, or no sensation at all, due to nerve compression at the inner elbow. I know, I was that soldier...

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Get rid of your chair! Feb 6, 2010

Solution to problems with back pain and chairs: Get rid of the chair.
I'm investigating treadmill desks at the moment, and the idea of walking while working is very interesting.
Here are some advantages:
http://www.trekdesk.com/Treadmill_Desk_Benefits.html
And here is a translator who uses one:
http://thoughtsontranslation.com/2008/05/07/a-hamster-wheel-with-e-mail-the-treadmill-desk/
OK, I haven't made the leap yet and got rid of my chair, but I'm very tempted to give it a go.


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