In Part 1 or our Home Ergonomics series, we looked at general concepts around customizing your home to make it more ergonomic. Today, we’ll look at some ergonomic home ideas that do no involve custom building or major renovations.
The quickest, easiest and least expensive way to adapt your home to your physical needs is to ensure that the tools and furniture that you use regularly conform to your requirements, are comfortable and are easy to use.
• The most obvious room in the house where you would want to make ergonomics a priority is in the bedroom. We spend one quarter to one third of each day in bed, so choosing the proper mattress and pillow to support our backs and necks is imperative.
• Beyond office chairs, there are a few sofas and chairs on the market that are specifically marketed as being ergonomic. These are an option, but you can also choose your seating with this in mind: your knees should be at approximately 90 degrees when sitting, your feet should be touching the floor or on a stool and your back should be supported. Also remember that those overly soft sofas that you sink into, while cozy, can be hard on the hips and back and probably aren’t a very good idea for extended periods of sitting.
• Kitchen gadgets, tools, knives and even brooms and mops are also available in more ergonomic designs to take the strain off while you get your housework done.
• Lawn care and gardening tools and shovels are all available with ergonomic handles to spare your back, arms and wrists from strain during repetitive motions and heavy work. Of course, if the strain of outdoor work is too much for you to sustain, you can also consider contracting a professional landscaping service to take care of these chores for you.
Come back soon for Part 3 of our Home Ergonomics series where we’ll be giving home improvement tips for ergonomics in kitchen design.
How have you adapted your home to meet your physical needs? Tell us about it in the comments section below.