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A Roundup of the Best Ergonomic Office Equipment for Every Budget 

A Roundup of the Best Ergonomic Office Equipment for Every Budget 

In this new hybrid working world, many of us have the option to work from the comfort of our own homes. But working from home without the right equipment or ergonomic setup can be far from comfortable. 

Office ergonomics is all about making sure a working environment is fit for the user, in this case, the desk worker. It covers everything from environmental factors such as temperature and noise, to the more physical aspects of a workspace like chairs and screen setup. 

Ergonomic office equipment can protect you and your team from work-related injuries like neck or back pain and help you create a safer, healthier and more productive workplace. There are many premium options on the market, but a good ergonomic office setup doesn’t need to break the bank. 

Whether you’re upgrading a large office space, advising your team how to use their work-from-home budgets or sprucing up your own home office, we’ve got you covered with the best ergonomic equipment options to suit every budget:  

1. Chair 

9 hours a day. That’s how long the average desk-based employee spends sitting down, often on dining chairs or sofas without any lumbar support. This is a recipe for developing lower back pain, which can be improved significantly with a good ergonomic desk chair . 

Premium option: 

A top-of-the-range ergonomic chair will instantly elevate any workspace. Premium chairs such as the Herman Miller Mirra 2 Butterfly adapt and respond to your individual positioning, offering the ultimate comfort and spinal support.

A premium chair like this doesn’t come cheap, however, and will set you back around £1,000. If you’re looking for a similar design and functionality at a slightly lower price point, the Ergomesh Ergonomic chair is a great option. 

 

Budget option: 

If a new chair is out of the question, adding a lumbar support pillow to your existing chair is an effective, budget-friendly way to protect your back while you work. This one from Everlasting Comfort can be easily strapped onto your chair, supporting your upper, middle and lower back for the mere price of £30. 

Free option: 

The most important aspect of any ergonomic chair or add-on is lumbar support. Simply placing a cushion or even a rolled-up towel behind your lower back can protect the curvature of your spine in a pinch! 

Sitting in one position for too long can lead to all sorts of health problems no matter how comfortable the chair, so make sure you stand up and move around regularly

2. Laptop Stand  

If you’re looking down at your monitor or laptop screen right now, you may notice your head starting to feel a bit heavy. Did you know this can put up to 400% more force on your spine than if your screen was positioned correctly? 

Raising your screen so it sits directly in front of your eyes, and placing it an arm’s length away, will prevent excess strain on your neck and help you hold your head up high! 

Premium option: 

In a typical week, hybrid employees work in several different environments with different screen positioning requirements. There are some excellent adjustable laptop stands on the market such as the Moft Z Stand (priced at £69), which are light enough to fit in your backpack and give you the flexibility to get your screen height right no matter where you work. 

Budget option: 

If you spend most of your time working in the same environment, it’s not always necessary to adjust your screen positioning on a regular basis. A static laptop stand like this one from HUANUO will help you get the perfect desk posture for just over a tenner!

Free option: 

Want to put that pile of books lurking in the corner to good use? Stack them up to the right height and create your very own laptop riser without spending a penny.  

Tools like Vitrue VIDA can assess your screen positioning (and much more!) through your webcam, providing clinically-validated recommendations to improve your posture, desk setup and overall working environment.

3. Standing Desk   

Gone are the days where standing desks were considered to be a wacky new working phenomenon. Now a widely popular option for office and home workers alike, standing desks can help boost your productivity and curb the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle. 

If you do use a standing desk, it’s best to alternate between sitting and standing every half an hour or so, or whenever your muscles and joints feel tired. Standing in a stationary position for hours on end can do more harm than good!&