Use the below guidelines when purchasing equipment for the home office. Contact the ergonomics office with questions. See the ergonomics equipment website for a list of options for the home office.

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Ideal adjustments

  • Seat height
    • Seat height adjustment ranges should be from ~16-21” (May need to be slightly higher or lower depending on ‘your’ height)
    • Use an ergonomic calculator to ensure the chair adjusts to fit ‘you’
  • Seat & back tilt
  • Tension control
  • Rounded front edge of the seat (waterfall)

Preferred adjustments

  • Adjustable back rest
    • Pressure and/or height adjustable
  • Adjustable armrests
    • Ideal adjustments – height, width, fore, aft, pivot
    • Minimum adjustments – height
    • Armrests should provide sufficient clearance under the workstation (i.e. can be lowered to ensure they do not impact the desk edge).
  • Seat depth/length adjustment.
    • For a fixed seat length, this should ideally less than 16.3”


  • Worksurface – at least 23 x 36” (24 x 42”, 24 x 48”, 30 x 48” or 30 x 60” are more common and preferred)
  • The thickness of the work surface should be less than 1.5″. Avoid all leg obstructions such as pencil drawers, file drawers under the workstation. This will allow for the addition of a keyboard tray (if needed) as well as allow for ideal leg clearance and chair height adjustment.
  • Height Adjustable Table:
    • Height adjustment ranges from ~22-48” (ideal)
    • Electric or pneumatic height adjustment (no crank, pin, etc.)

Monitor Arms/Stands

Monitor Stand

  • Proper stability, width, and depth to hold the monitor used
  • Stackable if needed to adjust the monitor to the proper height

Monitor arm

  • Compatible with the monitor used (contact the vendor to ensure monitor arm can hold the monitor)
  • Adjustments – height, forward, backward, rotation, swivel, angle, right/left
  • Easily adjustable

Laptop stand

  • Proper stability, width, and depth to hold the laptop
  • Allows laptop monitor to be adjusted to the proper height

Keyboard Tray

  • Board/Platform at least 25 x 9” (~27 x 10” preferred)
  • At least 4” of height adjustment (below the desktop)
  • At least 0-15° of (negative) angle adjustment
  • The thickness of the platform should be no more than 1″.
  • Ideal attachment – track to underside of the work surface/desk. A clamp attachment is only acceptable when a traditional ‘track’ cannot be attached to the underside of a work surface.

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