- Make sure that you are using an appropriate chair. Your feet should touch the floor and there should be good back and arm support.
- Set up a workspace that works for you! Keep often-used tools within easy reach, so you don't have to overextend to get to them.
- Allow plenty of desk/table space to work on your project.
- Make sure you have plenty of lighting. Direct the light towards your project, not towards your eyes.
- Keep an eye on your posture. Hunching or slouching can contribute to back pain. Awkward angles can put a strain on your wrists and hands.
- Ventilation -- especially if you're working with paints, chemicals, smelly markers, or anything with a strong odor.
This is FAR from a comprehensive guide to workspace ergonomics... but hopefully it's enough to get you thinking. We want everybody to be happy AND healthy while they get crafty! If you'd like to learn more, here are some links to get you started:
- Office ergonomics information from the University of Western Ontario -- including a workspace evaluation checklist, tips for setting up your workstation, and more.
- A look at physical AND mental ergonomics from the Think Crafts blog.
- A look at sewing room ergonomics from Lemon Tree Tales -- with a great reference list for more ergo info.
This blog post was not written by a medical professional. It was written by some crafty folks who care about your health and comfort! If you have health concerns, please contact a medical professional.