A monitor or computer that is positioned incorrectly, whether it's too high or too low—is a recipe for neck, shoulder, and back pain. If you are someone who often works from home, a monitor stand may be something to consider. They're also great for freeing up space on your desk and making your workspace look neater.
When it comes to ergonomics, many of us may have a chair that allows us to adjust our seating position, but believe it or not, monitor positions have equally as much importance.
The best way to understand this is to imagine yourself sitting at your desk. Are you looking straight at your computer display or is your head shifted down?
If your head is shifted down, even slightly, then you're likely putting strain on your neck, shoulder, and back muscles. It may not seem like much at first, but the compounding effects of hours, days, weeks, and eventually months can lead to muscle soreness and eye strain.
One of the easiest ways to solve this is by elevating your display just a few inches to bring it more in line with your head when positioned upright. In our research, we've found about 4-inches higher has been the perfect amount for most monitors and all-in-one computers such as iMacs.
Another bonus of a monitor stand is that it can provide you with more desk space and allow you to add items such as small plants, pencil holders, notebooks, etc.
At SMPL, our monitor stand is built from 100 percent solid wood and comes in either white oak or walnut. They're available in two sizes, a 32-inch, perfect for a single display, and a 44-inch which can accommodate two displays side-by-side.
If you're someone who's spending a lot of time at a desk, whether you're working from home or working in an office, a monitor stand may be the perfect way to avoid neck, shoulder, and back strain while also freeing up desk space.