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Setting up your work space

If you have a traditional desk and chair visit the Office Chair or Work surface pages to help set up your space.

  • Sit with hips back in chair and back supported
  • Feet firmly supported on floor or footrest
  • Shoulders relaxed
  • Elbows at sides even with top of work surface
  • Eyes level with top of screen
  • Center body with primary display

proper work space

Working at the dining room table

Suggestions to improve your comfort:

  • If sitting on a non-adjustable chair, use a cushions or a folded blanket to raise your sitting height. 
  • Use a rolled up towel or pillow for back support.
  • A sturdy box, foam roller, or firm cushion can be used as a foot support.
  • Raise your display on a stand, ream(s) of copy paper, books or other stable surface. 
  • Use a separate keyboard and mouse/trackpad when elevating your MacBook on a stand.
  • Position your display(s) away from windows and direct light. 
  • Adjust room lighting, blinds or shades to reduce glare and reflection.

What to look for when choosing a desk

  • Make sure the desk size meets your needs fits your space.  
  • Recommended 29” X 48” (73cm x 122cm).
  • Thickness of the work surface < 5cm (2 inches).
  • Avoid center drawer or shelf under the main working area of the desk.
  • You should be able to comfortably sit under the main working area of the desk.

Confirm chair-desk height adjustments, watch video.

What to look for when choosing a chair

When purchasing a chair for your personal use at home one of the most important parts about selecting a chair is that it fits you and supports your frame. 

Features to look for when choosing a chair:

  • Adjustable seat height.
  • Armrests if present, should be adjustable in height or removable.
  • Five-star base with casters for stability.
  • Seat backrest should support upright working posture, and able to lock and/or adjust tension.
  • Seat pan depth should allow 2-3 fingers of space from edge of chair to back of your knees.

Solutions for fixes height desks

An adjustable height laptop cart is a flexible solution to position your keyboard and mouse/trackpad lower at your seated elbow height. Allowing you to sit with your feet flat on the floor. 

A clamp mount keyboard tray is another solution to position the keyboard and mouse lower to a proper height. 

The cart or tray dimensions should be large enough to hold both a full size keyboard and mouse.  Minimum Recommended dimensions, 27” (69cm) width x 10” (25cm) depth. 


Visit The Source on AppleWeb.  The Working from home section offers discounts on office furniture and more.

Below are a few desk and chair options. Please note pricing and availability frequently change.

Contact your regional ergonomics support with questions you may have for purchasing a desk or chair for home use

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Thinking about buying desk/chair for home? Check out our furniture guidelines and recommendations to ensure you have a comfy place to work.


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