Making Your Office Ergonomic

08 May 2019Dylan Campbell

Ergonomics is the process of arranging workplaces, products or systems to fit the particular needs of the employee. It seeks to build an environment that betters performance, enhances productivity and improves workers health.

With the average Australian clerical worker spending 22hours each week sitting whilst at work (Australian Health Survey 2011-2012) and recent evidence linking prolonged sitting to increased rates of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, some cancers and even premature death (Safe Work Australia), having an ergonomic office is more important than ever.

Whilst sitting and your choice of office chair are key issues, ergonomics goes beyond these and looks at the function of the workplace as a whole, including fittings, lay-out and lighting.


Ergonomic chairs are designed to correct and support your posture whilst maintaining good neck and spine alignment.

Chairs with contoured seats will help to even out weight distribution and take pressure off the lower back.Those with the ability to adjust the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs. Chairs with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst those with adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows.

A good ergonomic office chair should allow you to move freely and to access all parts of your workstation without the need to strain. If your office is carpeted a chair mat may assist with this.

Desks and accessories

Choose a desk that is an appropriate height for your natural sitting position. If you often change position throughout the day, choosing a height adjustable or sit-stand desk may be beneficial. Computer monitors should be fitted at eye level and should be at an appropriate distance to prevent straining. Keyboards should be at a distance that allow both the wrists and elbows to be supported; if your workspace does not allow this choosing a chair with adjustable arms rests can assist.

Choosing the right ergonomic furniture for your office

Every office and employee will have different needs.It is important, where able, to involve your staff in making the workplace a space that works for them.

Be sure to trial furniture in store prior to purchase. At our Sunshine Coast showroom, you can trial any of our chairs with the assistance of our team of dedicated and experienced staff. For those a bit further afield or wanting a longer trial period we offer ‘Danny’s trial service’. This service allows you to try one of our chairs, free of charge in your workplace Australia-wide (exclusions apply).

Still unsure or ready to get started? Contact us instore!

Just had my Levitate Electric Height Adjustable Desk delivered and installed. Absolutely recommend this company based on my experience. The desk quality is excellent as was the unbeatable price. The communications and customer service was first class. Thanks Dylan and also Lindsay who delivered and assembled the desk.Might get another one for my wife now!
Julie H.
Julie H.
Shopping for home office furniture today. Dylan was very helpful and was very understanding of my requirements. Would definitely recommend.
Bought a new office chair for summer. I am a large guy and the chair was rated just above my weight. Sadly the chair began to break and bend. I returned it to Danny's with no receipt but the date and price I paid. Dylan was able to find my order, took the chair for repairs and even gave me a loaner chair. I expected about 1 week turnaround but was surprised it took 3 days. Awesome company and awesome service. You have a customer for life.
Sanath B
Sanath B
The whole process was so neat and tidy without any hiccups and hidden conditions, from the quoting stages to the delivery i was informed of what was happening and the service has been great...
I was extremely sceptical when I initially read Dannys had a 5 star google rating. However after visiting there today and buying a wonderful chair I perhaps think they deserve 6 stars rather than 5.Thanks Marek hope this gets you a pay-rise.
Oedipus R.
Oedipus R.
Have just received the delivery of new furniture for a home office. The staff at Danny's Desk were great to deal with, very friendly and helpful and not pushy. Great selection of everything one would need and good prices. Was kept informed regarding the delivery with a call after purchase, a call to confirm the day and time for delivery and a call on the day of prior to actual delivery. Would highly recommend.
Craig B
Craig B
Outstanding Service, Dylan goes above & beyond to ensure you have the correct products. They worked with us to find a suitable time to install our desks. Great business to deal with, wont hesitate to work with them again.
Shawn Z.
Shawn Z.
I bought one chair more than one year ago, and it’s built with high quality and very comfortable. One thing happened to me recently that again proves this company really cares about it’s customers.I was lodging tax return and couldn’t count my receipt. So I write a letter to a email address listed on their website, asking for help, but not actually expecting a reply as the purchase happened more than one year ago.Amazingly, I got a reply the next morning from one of their staff named Marek (my email is precious evening). I was so grateful with them. I highly recommend this company if you want to buy a chair.
danyal T.
danyal T.
Top customer service and A+ quality product, really easy to assemble as well 😁👍
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