RE: Please recommend an ergonomic desk in Ottawa, Canada

Subject: RE: Please recommend an ergonomic desk in Ottawa, Canada
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 08:46:24 -0400

Ruby Isaacs wonders: <<Will you please recommend an ergonomic desk that I
can buy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada?>>

Can't help you with Ottawa, though I got an Ikea desk (the Effektiv?) that
works just fine for me. Best of all, you can try before you buy. Do you have
an Ikea in Ottawa?

<<Also, what measurements do you need to take to make sure that a desk is
the right height for you?>>

Cornell University's posted some useful ergonomic guidelines
(, including a link to a
drawing of their recommended dimensions/layout for workstations
( There's
lots of other good information there if you're willing to dig around.

<<I think my old desk was made in the 1970s -- before the age of

Ergonomics isn't a fixed ideal: it means making something work _for you_.
What's ergonomic for you might be an ergonomic disaster for me. The key rule
of ergonomics (oversimplified) is as follows: "If it's not comfortable,
something's wrong and needs to be fixed." You're the only one who can tell
whether something's wrong.

--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
580 boul. St-Jean
Pointe-Claire, Que., H9R 3J9 Canada

"Wisdom is one of the few things that look bigger the further away it
is."--Terry Pratchett


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