How to set the right adjustments for your workplace
The ideal height of the workbench for an ergonomic working position depends on the body height and the type of work activities.
Working while seated
For a comfortable sitting position, the angle in the knee joint when sitting should be ≥ 90°. You can easily adjust this by standing in front of the chair and adjusting the seat cushion to the height of your kneecap. The table height should now be adjusted to the height of the elbow, i.e. the loosely hanging upper arms as well as the lower arms resting on the table form an angle of about 90°.
Working in a standing position
During standing activities make sure to stand upright - avoid a forward-leaning working posture and (permanent) tension of the neck muscles. For the correct adjustment of the table fine, light and heavy activities need to be distinguished:
- Fine: short visual distance, little physical effort
- Light: light to medium-heavy activities
- Heavy: high effort, rather coarse activities
However, it is not the height of the table top that is relevant for the correct adjustment of the worktable, but the working height. If the workpiece is particularly high, the table height should be adjusted downwards.
Guide values for desk height whilst standing:
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