If you experience muscle discomfort or pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, or hands as you type, it’s likely that your work setup needs an ergonomic adjustment. Reaching up or out for your keyboard, or typing with your wrists bent upwards, causes a variety of musculoskeletal disorders that can worsen over time. A good keyboard tray can solve this problem, allowing you to work in health and comfort.
Benefits of Using a Keyboard Tray
With an ergonomic keyboard tray, you can pull your work closer to your lap, which allows your arms to hang comfortably from your shoulders with your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Look for a keyboard tray with at least 4” of height adjustment below the desk.
You’ll also want to be sure the keyboard tray platform can swivel left and right to accommodate the posture changes you make as you work. In addition, choose a tray with negative tilt. This will allow you to angle your hands downward as you type, relieving strain on your wrists. Never type with your wrists bent upward.
Select a tray with an ambidextrous mouse platform that you can attach to the left or right of the keyboard platform. It’s a good idea to give your dominant hand a break now and then. It can take a small learning curve to get comfortable mousing with the opposite hand, but your wrists and fingers will thank you down the line.
We’ve designed our KT1 keyboard tray to meet all these ergonomic requirements at an affordable price. And if you’d like to try standing at work, we suggest our KT2 tray , with 8” of height adjustment above the desk. Pair it with our LIFT monitor stand for a simple and inexpensive sit-to-stand option.
If you have questions on selecting the right ergonomic products for your needs, give us a call or chat. We’d love to help you create a healthy and comfortable workspace.