When done right, the use ergonomics to improve space utilization in an apartment can lead to a happier and healthier individual. Let us face it, an apartment for most people today is just a secure place for their personal effects and a place to unwind for a few hours each day. Urban spaces are no doubt becoming smaller as populations increase and the cost of property rises. The majority of the people who have incorporated ergonomic techniques into living spaces did so in reaction to their individual circumstances. To reap maximum reward from ergonomics, however, it is important to consider these aspects at the interiors design stage.
Affordability, social status, and personal aesthetics are some of the factors that influence home designs. One critical but often ignored aspect of ergonomics is functionality which focuses not only on the appearance of furniture but also on comfort and safety of those interacting with the various pieces. The following are tips to incorporating ergonomics into a living space;
Support for your feet when seated
When seated on a chair at the end of a long day, it may appear natural to slouch on the seat. High chairs owing to the fact that the feet lack support from the bottom, cause an individual to lean forward. Both these postures are uncomfortable in the long run because they cause pain and unbalanced backbone.
Appropriate height for common gadgets
TV stands and gadgets placed around the living room are built to a standard height. While it has been established that this common height is convenient for most people, the ideal height should take into consideration the user’s height and design of the seats. Ideally, watching a television set placed at eyes length offers greater relaxation.
Furniture design in the living room for a lot of people means placing every piece of furniture in the middle of the room. This can be boring, to say the least not to mention the stress of moving from one side to another. A customized built-in wall cabinet that serves as both storage area and sitting space can scatter sitting space and reduce clutter.
Spacing of furniture
Even before the first step of moving, the mind has already calculated the effort needed and time it will take. Having to travel fewer distances around furniture to access different parts of a room can help reduce stress. If enough distance is allowed between furniture and pieces that are both functions as well as aesthetic considered, it becomes easier to unwind and refresh after a long day at work or school.
Just as everyone has individual preferences when it comes to the color scheme of their house, this same consideration should be applied when picking out items to use in an apartment. It is cool to have the latest pieces but more important is the ergonomic value of what you sit on, walk on, sleep on and even watch.