Create a Healthy, Motivating, Kid-Friendly Ergonomic Home Learning Set Up
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School has begun in every state. In homes all across America, you’ll find students doing their homework and zoom calls propped up on pillows, slumped over the kitchen table, in a beanbag chair, on the sofa, or sprawled out on the floor. But sitting in these positions for long periods causes strain on growing bodies. Kids need to have a proper workstation at home that not only helps them to learn but cares for their health and well-being.
If you want them to get the most out of learning at home, an ergonomic workspace is essential. Below are kid-friendly ergonomic tips, furniture, and equipment that promote comfort, good posture, productivity, and learning.
Check out the furniture and equipment that makes a good home learning space:
Kid-Friendly Ergonomic Furniture
Your child needs furniture that can be adjusted to their stature as they grow. When they have an ergonomically correct remote learning workspace, it puts less strain on their bodies and helps them to stay focused.
If your children are straining their bodies to accommodate available furniture, they could develop injuries such as poor posture, neck and back problems, and painful wrists. Fortunately, there are several key ways you can protect them from injuries now and in the future.
Introduce Sit-Stand While Working As Soon As Possible
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that kids are spending 80% to 90% of their waking hours in sedentary positions. Using an adjustable height sit-stand desk is the perfect solution for learning at home.
Check out the Stand Up Kids website for science-backed infographics showing the benefits of using sit-stand desks for students.
One of the most essential components of ergonomics is a proper desk set up which is why Nick Moshiri of ErgoDirect recommends an electrically height-adjustable desk. With a push of a button, a child can easily adjust the height of the work surface to the desired standing or sitting posture.
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Furniture That Grows With Your Child
Kids grow. Fortunately, there are plenty of adjustable ergonomically friendly desks and chairs for children that can be adjusted for individual needs while they’re growing. The right ergonomic desk or chair isn’t determined by age but on weight and height and the type of task for sitting or standing.
While it’s always hard to get kids to sit still, making them sit all day in an uncomfortable chair will make it almost impossible. Good ergonomic seating will help them focus because it minimizes distractions that stem from being uncomfortable.
Science has shown that kids focus better when they’re able to fidget. It makes sense to create a setup that facilitates their impulse to move, rather than represses it. Swivel chairs are perfect for them.
Posture while working also impacts blood circulation and oxygen flow to the brain which affects learning ability. The chair you select for your children should be supportive and appropriate for their height and size.
Nick Moshiri recommends adjustable height desks that adjust as kids grow and also gives them lots of options based on how they like to work. Not only does the research show a dramatic increase in concentration, but kids are more attentive working at a standing desk.
A child can easily adjust the desk to convert from sitting height to a standing height without the use of any tools or muscle power. A desk that has a 22″ to 48″ height range works well for children.
Make Your Child More Comfortable With Ergonomic Accessories
Your child will fare best if their keyboard and mouse fit their hands. Heavy computer users are more at risk of carpal tunnel due in part to the way their hands move around on their desks. Using an external ergonomic mouse allows wrists to rest in a neutral position.
Mini keyboards with a 10-key pad fit kids best since they are smaller and allows for the mouse to be in front of the shoulder.
Ergonomic footrests, placed under the desk, allow kids to plant their feet on a firm surface as they sit. A sturdy footrest will help them sit without their legs dangling. The footrest moves, so they can fidget throughout the day—something that’s particularly helpful for kids with ADHD.
Searching For The Best Children’s Ergonomic Furniture?
Finding the right ergonomic remote learning furniture for your child need not be complicated. The experts at ErgoDirect.com will help you choose a flexible desk, chair, and accessories within your budget that will serve you for years to come.
Sara Alpert is a freelance content marketer and designer, whose specialty is the impact of design on health and well-being, productivity, and creativity, in the home and workplace. Go to saraalpert.com to hire her for your next project.