Ergonomically correct monitor height

My neck and back have been extremely sore lately and after a day off from working and giving my brain a chance to function properly again, I realized it’s because my computer monitor is not at the right height.

Working from home usually means some pretty long hours in front of the computer so if your desk isn’t set up to be as ergonomically correct as possible, your neck and back might pay the price like mine are at the moment.

I’ve talked about making your desk ergonomically correct before, but since my only problem is my monitor height, this post will list some of the ways to correct it without using some scrap pieces of wood (or even a saucepan like an ex boyfriend did) to adjust the height.

Your monitor should be at a height where you don’t have to tilt you head up or down to look at it. When looking at the screen, your eyes should be level with the top half of the monitor.

You should never have to lean forward to see your monitor. My monitor used to sit so far back on my desk that I was leaning forward the entire time I sat at the computer. I didn’t realize it until my daughter took a picture of me while I was working. It looked awful. I looked like Igor’s girlfriend. Moving the monitor closer to the front of my desk fixed that up in a jiffy.

If you can’t move your monitor closer, change the resolution of your screen to something smaller so it’s easier to see and read.

You could also adjust the height of your chair so you’re viewing your monitor at the right height, but you may have to adjust the height of your keyboard and mouse to stay all ergonomic-like. Your feet should be able to sit flat on the floor. If not, raising your chair might not be the solution.

210EDMW0GVL._SL160_I sniffed around on Amazon for some ergonomic monitor stands and found a few that I’d like to try but in the end, the Ergotron LX Desk Mount Arm won me over.

Not only can you adjust the height, but you can turn that puppy any which way you want. This is especially nice if you watch movies or TV on your computer. Plus it just looks cool.

Setting up your desk so it’s at the maximum comfy level will make sure you’re working more efficiently. Interrupting that masterpiece blog post you’re writing by rubbing your neck and back every 2 minutes isn’t all that productive.

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9 comments ↓

#1 Ricardo Bueno on 06.15.09 at 8:37 pm

You know, I had not really considered how much I lean into/towards my computer when reading/typing before reading this post (honestly).

What I could use is a monitor to connect to my laptop (I use a MacBook Pro) and a keyboard. That might be a bit useful…
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#2 Cassie on 06.15.09 at 9:14 pm

I didn’t realize that I did that until I saw that picture my daughter took of me slumped over my keyboard.

It’s definitely something you have to train yourself to be more conscious of.

I’m pretty sure I saw something like what you need on Amazon. I just did a search for “ergonomic monitor stand”.

#3 Ricardo Bueno on 06.15.09 at 9:26 pm

This one sounds interesting though it might be a little much for me: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/1195/video-what-is-more-profitable-than-selling-your-own-product

Apparently, it’s a stand up table. I walk around when I’m on the phone. Otherwise, I’m fine with sitting in front of the desk.
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#4 Cassie on 06.15.09 at 9:29 pm

Oooh, I would LOVE a stand up desk! I think they’re the ultimate when it comes to ergonomics but you’d need one of those mats so your feet and back don’t get sore from standing.

#5 Ricardo Bueno on 06.15.09 at 10:21 pm

@Cassie: Pretty cool eh? Though like I said, I wouldn’t necessarily have it replace my desk :-P
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#6 Cena on 06.15.09 at 11:39 pm

Nice post! It is really important to get up and stretch and walk around a bit if you can. That looks like a good desk mount arm.
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#7 Cassie on 06.16.09 at 8:49 am

Thanks Cena – I actually wrote about that here. It makes a world of difference when you get up and move regularly.

#8 Via?eslav on 01.03.10 at 6:13 pm

This is a very important point. After I’ve installed a computer table as it must be, I feel like I no more so tired after work.

Some people prefer to work on notebook: I can’t imagine how that could be even possible.

#9 mark on 01.02.12 at 8:02 am

Thanks for the computer monitor tip. I am building a new computer workstation corner desk and I agree with you that you should not have to move your head.

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