IKEA Office Ergonomics

CREATE THE BEST WORKSPACE FOR YOU

Many of us spend the majority of the day at a desk. A comfortable workspace is essential for our health and well-being. Since we are all different shapes and sizes, it is important to have office furniture that can be customised to our personal needs

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What’s an ergonomic space?

Ergonomics is about designing products or environments to make them safe and comfortable for people to use. An ergonomic workspace is one that is customised to your personal needs, allowing you to work in a comfortable and safe way.

 

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Feel good and work better

We want to help you achieve an ergonomic working environment that suits you and promotes good health. This means adjusting the workspace to your needs, adopting an ergonomic position and keeping as mobile as possible. The human body is made to move, so ideally, your workspace should give you the choice of sitting, standing and leaning, allowing you to change positions often. And if you feel good at work, you will work better.

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Some ergonomics tips

You should be able to stretch your legs under the table and turn 90° to the left and right for freedom of flexibility. The hips and knees should be at anangle of approx 95-100° with your feet flat on the floor.

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    SITTING

    You should be able to stretch your legs under the table and turn 90° to the left and right for freedom of flexibility.

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    HEIGHT

    A chair with lumbar support will relieve the small of your back from tension caused by tiredness. The tilt of the back support should allow you to sit with your upper body slightly reclined (rec-ommended 110°)..

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    SEAT TILT

    Use the seat tilt to lock a position and to improve your comfort. It will affect the distribution of weight and can provide better stability and support when you need it. A tilt of 5° is recommended..

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    ARMRESTS

    Armrests provide support for the upper part of your forearms, and reduce stress on your shoulders and back. Make sure that the armrests do not prevent the chair from being drawn close to the desk, nor restrict movements. 

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    STANDING

    A height-adjustable desk is ideal as it will allow you to change position often. Alternating between sitting and standing will reduce the risk of injury and increase circulation, as well as productivity.

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    LEANING

    Provides freedom of movement to the upper and lower body.
    Activates and strengthens the core muscles.Gives you an open posture which improves your circulation and metabolic rate.

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    MONITOR

    The monitor should be tilted at 20°-30°, which is an optimal angle for the eyes as well as the neck and shoulders.

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    LIGHTING

    To provide ideal lighting you should consider a combination of general lighting, mood lighting and task lighting


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Materials

We care about what goes into our products and always aim to use resources in the most efficient way possible. We choose our materials carefully while keeping prices low. Some materials work better for certain furniture depending on its use and design. For example Melamine is often used in table tops because it has high surface resistance against scratches and marks.

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Solid wood

A renewable, natural material that is hardwearing and every piece is unique with its varying grain. IKEA sources all wood from closely inspected logging and carefully chosen forests.

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Bamboo

Stronger and more flexible than most wood. Sustainable fast-growing grass that produces twice as much oxygen than tree species.

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GLOSE leather

a soft yet durable dyed-through grain leather, treated with a protective coating. Easy to look after. Treat with ABSORB leather care set.

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Melamine

A paper film with an impregnated print or pattern, which is applied under pressure to a board. The result is a hardwearing, heat-resistant and water-repellent surface which is easy to keep clean.

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Board on frame

A wooden board or fibre board with a honeycomb filling structure made of recycled paper. It is lightweight yet sturdy, and uses significantly less raw material.

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Veneer

Thin layers of wood glued on to a board. All IKEA veneer is lacquered which makes it easy to clean, hard wearing and protects it from moisture and scratches.

Plastics

A synthetic or semi-synthetic material that can be moulded and is made from oil or natural gas but also from plants. There are two categories of plastics: thermosplastics that can be heated, moulded and melted, and thermoset plastics that cannot be remelted. The most commonly used in IKEA are thermoplastis such as polycarbonate and polypropylene.

Wood plastic composite WPC

A mixture of wood and fibre that is moulded into a form, combining the advantages of the two materials. It is strong and lighter than other plastics, making transportation costs lower and reducing environmental impact.

Paint & lacquer

Powder coating is a process where dry powder paint is applied to a surface, often metal. It is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technique, since there’s little waste of powder and no solvents are used.