How to Setup Your Ergonomic Workstation

How to Setup Your Ergonomic Workstation  

Most people have heard about the value of ergonomic workstations before, but many do not know what the correct setup entails. If you want to make your workspace more ergonomic but you are unsure how to position your chair, monitor, or keyboard, you have come to the right place.

Below, we cover everything you need to know about how to set up an ergonomic office space.

Choose a High-Quality Ergonomic Office Chair

A comfortable office chair is one of the most important factors for creating an ergonomic workspace. This is because every user will have different setup needs based on their height, weight, daily tasks, and physical health considerations. Given this reality, a standard task chair is never a one-size-fits-all solution.

A high-quality ergonomic chair will provide a variety of features to ensure the user can change settings related to:

  • Seat height and depth  
  • Seat tilting and backrest reclining 
  • Lumbar supports  
  • Armrest height, width, and angle configurations
  • …and many other options

Adjustments to Your Office Chair

To set up your ergonomic workstation, begin by adjusting the height of your chair. Your feet should rest comfortably on the floor, and your knees should be level with your hips. Aim to create a 90-degree angle at your knees while seated. If your chair has a seat depth option, set it so you have at least one finger width of space between the edge of your seat and the back of your knees.

Next, adjust the lumbar support and aim to align it with the natural curvature of your lower back. If your chair has a tilt or recline option, adjust it until you achieve an angle of 100 or 110 degrees between your thighs and back.

Next, adjust the configuration of your armrest so that your elbows rest comfortably at your sides and at a 90-degree angle when you are working.

Position Your Monitor and Keyboard

The position of your monitor and keyboard will impact your posture, making them critical components of proper ergonomic setup. For example, if your monitor or keyboard is too far away, you will naturally lean forward and reach, placing strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Therefore, aim to place your monitor approximately an arm's length away to keep your head and neck straight.

Place your keyboard in a way that allows your wrists to remain flat at the keyboard rather than angled. Take care to maintain the 90-degree angle at your elbow as well.

You may consider the use of ergonomic accessories.


Ergonomic workstations are easy to set up and can significantly improve your efficiency and personal health. First, ensure you select a high-quality ergonomic office chair with adjustment options for your needs. Next, position your monitor and keyboard to maintain the correct posture in your neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. These minor adjustments will help reduce pain and strain and keep you more comfortable throughout your day.

Shop for Ergonomic Office Chairs in Canada

If you need a new ergonomic office chair to complete the setup of your workspace or the workspace of your employees, consider browsing Office Seating’s selection of ergonomic chairs.

We offer a wide variety of stylish and high-quality office chairs to elevate your space and serve the needs of your team. Reach out to us to learn more and find your ideal fit.