I n recent times we all have come across the term ‘Ergonomic’ on the internet quite often. But, what is Ergonomic, and what it has anything to do with home interior design? Well, if you ask the question ‘what is the future of interior design?’ then I can tell you for sure that ergonomic designs are going to be a big part of it in the future.
So what is ergonomic interior design, more importantly, what is ergonomic? Ergonomics is the study of human abilities and limitations which helps in developing better interaction with the environment, and systems, while improving human abilities and reducing limitations. The aim of this study is to create systems that will let us work more efficiently and reduce the everyday stress level in a working environment.
Ergonomic designs can be induced in designing furniture, and working spaces of any kind. The design concept will solely focus on helping people work in a comfortable environment by reducing physical and mental stress and creating a comforting and convenient living as well as a working space. An ergonomic design can be as simple as creating a chair that will help a person work long hours, on a desk job, by reducing the physical discomforts of sitting for long hours.
Designs to provide physical comfort
In the modern day, as we are becoming more and more technology dependent, our daily work life is changing rapidly. Instead of a lot of physical movement, we are now sitting for long hours working on our computers in most types of jobs. It may seem a bit odd at first to think that sitting for hours can be stressful, but, in reality, a lack of physical movement for hours can actually put your body under a lot of stress.
Ergonomic design can be a particular design for your chair or couch that emphasizes correcting your body posture and providing your body with a proper shape to reduce stress. An ergonomic chair will help you sit for long hours working on your computer and not put as much stress as a regular chair would.
A very important design aspect to reduce the stress of working long hours sitting at your desk is to emphasize the ‘eye level’. If you are someone who works long hours on your computer make sure the screen of your computer is on the same level as your eyes. Keeping your head straight for long hours without looking down and up every now and then will reduce the stress level on your neck and spine. This will prevent serious damage to your spine or back muscles and will reduce the back pain you often feel. This adjustment is not just limited to your workstation, you can also apply the same method while designing your entertainment systems. If you are someone who likes to binge-watch movies or television shows, make sure the television set is on the same levels as your eyes and you have proper back and neck support in your sitting arrangements. Always make sure the furniture you are buying is not only just aesthetically pleasing but also provides you with proper back support and is designed to reduce physical stress levels.
Ventilation and Light
Ergonomics design emphasizes creating perfect lighting and ventilation in your living and working space. Proper lighting can reduce the stress levels in your eyes and maintain your productivity. Always make sure the lighting is neither too bright nor too dim in your workspace. Maintain a uniform brightness level in your living space by installing multiple small lights rather than installing one large source of light on one wall. Make sure the lights are between neutral and warm tones rather than cooler tones. Try to keep a warm light in the background of your computer or television set; this reduces stress on your eyesight greatly.
Always maintain proper ventilation in your living space. Fresh air can keep your energy level high and reduces tiredness. If you are working long hours and can not take frequent breaks in the fresh air, try to create an environment where ventilation is good. Have enough windows and cross ventilation (if possible) for better air circulation.
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