ZERO GRAVITY ERGONOMIC WORKSTATION
ERGONOMIC WORKPLACE IDEAS

WHY YOU DON'T NEED A KEYBOARD TABLE

If you have been doing some research into ergonomic workstations available on the market you might have seen some options with those swing & tilt adjustable keyboard desks. Most of the time they would be above your hips locking you in a working position and must be turned to the side if you want to get out of the chair. Some table models would even be electrically driven! I wonder what they do if the power is out or the motor is malfunctioning.


The idea of a keyboard needing a table is just so deeply rooted in our minds that nobody is questioning it – that is nobody except for the LEVUS team who is questioning every aspect of the way we work with computers. When designing the workplace of tomorrow we questioned the keyboard table – and surprisingly came to the conclusion that we do not really need one. We tried them all - retractable telescopic arms and swing & tilt tabletops and realised that you just end up spending more time fiddling with the set up and little time with the actual work you were intending to do. The table restricts your freedom of movement as you would always have to swing it in and out.

More importantly though, with the zero gravity position your body is reclined – but so is the keyboard table. This results in your arms hanging up in the air above your body. Your heart is busy pumping blood up the arms which gets very uncomfortable after about 5 minutes of work. I would be very sceptical about those models where the user is happily reclined with his arms up on the table with the keyboard somehow glued to the surface. Holding your arms at an elevated position does not work for a prolonged period of time.

After numerous experiments we concluded that having the keyboard resting directly on your hips is the most comfortable set-up. Your arms are in a horizontal position along your body - with that half-lying-half-sitting position the blood flows horizontally, the limbs are not going numb since there are no pressure points or elevation to cope with. That condition is close to your sleeping position. Considering that we spend 33% of our lives sleeping - that is probably a good position to be in.

When you're done typing and want to get out of the workstation, just put the keyboard aside and leave it on the mouse table. That is way faster and more intuitive than fiddling with those movable keyboard tables. So we dropped the keyboard table altogether, only reconfirming the old wisdom: "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away" (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).

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