How to set up an ergonomic workspace from home for you and your kids

Covid-19 has changed the way we work, and even when it's a distant memory, the nature of the daily grind will be forever changed. If you're working from home like the majority of the urban population, it's time to get serious about your home set-up. Here are some fast tips on how to set up an ergonomic working and learning space for you and your kids, courtesy of Kijiji:

Find a designated space

Allocating a part of your home as a work and learning area not only creates less clutter, but it automatically puts you and your K-12 child in a frame of mind that’s conducive to learning and working.

Your workspace set-up doesn’t have to look like an executive boardroom, but it should be clean, bright and tucked away from distractions, like the TV.


It’s all about the chair

It goes without saying that a poorly set-up chair can wreak havoc on your back, neck and wrists, which can lead to a lifetime of related health problems. Getting an ergonomic office chair that supports your spinal curves is the best way to avoid and prevent long-lasting pain and headaches. But it’s important to set up your chair properly.

Your office chair height and depth are important. The seat should be adjusted so that both feet are flat on the ground or footrest, the thighs are level with the floor and the elbows are resting gently on the armrests.

This means that your children should have their own age- and size-appropriate ergonomic office chair for their home learning.


Get the right workstation height

It’s important to park your chair in front of a proportionate desk, which means that you might want to invest in an adjustable home learning station that can grow with your child.

No matter your age or height, your home office desk should give you enough room for your legs to move around and enough height for your feet to be firmly planted on the ground without your knees touching the underside.

Finally, after setting up your workstation height, don’t forget to take frequent breaks to allow your body to rest and stretch.


Where to put your hardware

Your keyboard and mouse should be positioned close to your body just so that your elbows are supported and your wrists are straight. Your computer monitor should be right in front of you and adjusted so that your eyes are looking straight ahead.


Find your workstation furniture at Kijiji

You can find the best work-from-home chairs and desks from the comfort and safety of your house when you shop on Kijiji. Get everything you need to create an ergonomic set-up for you and your little learner at Kijiji.

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