Homes are designed based on personal aesthetics, convenience and overall looks. Seldom is attention is given to the functional aspect of furniture – what kind of seating is comfortable for the back and spine, how much at a distance should appliances be placed, how must one design the layout of the living room, and more. As mundane as these may sound, they must not be ignored.

Ergonomics is the designing and arrangement of things so that they are easy to use and safe. Using furniture that isn’t ergonomic can have subtle, long-term detrimental effects on the body, spine and general health over a period of time. As a rule of thumb in decor, one must never sacrifice functionality for looks. here are the 7 Clever Tips for Ergonomically Design your living space:

1. Feet Support

One of the tenets of good ergonomic design is support for the feet. Seating is very important and the lack of support to the legs results in dangling legs, stress on pressure points behind the knees and backs of the legs. Sitting forward to compensate for this, leaves the back unsupported, resulting in pain and encouraging slouching.

Feet Support in living room furniture

2. Random Placement of Gadgets

Gadgets in a living room are often placed at varying heights, without any thought to convenience and usage. TV’s and music systems must be placed at approximately 30-34″ above floor level. This is also dependent on the homeowner’s height. Watching TV at eye level while sitting, reduces strain on sight.

placement of Gadget in Living room

3. Undue Importance to Gadgets

Placing the TV on the wall with a sofa facing it instantly promotes the TV to the most important position in the room around which everything else revolves. TV’s are unattractive, but most importantly they distract attention and divert focus from other people. Gadgets must never occupy pride of place in the living room.

4. Customized Built-in Furniture

Customizing a long built-in bench or window prevents central clutter as well as creates window space that can be used for seating or storage. Placing all the furniture in the centre of the room is what we most often do, but can be stressful and space-occupying. Moulding the window seat and creating curved support (just like in the homes of old), ups the ergonomic quotient providing comfort to the back and spine.

5. Addition of Curved Lines

Adding curved lines are a clever way of introducing ergonomic design to the living room. Curved lines are soothing, and every element – from artwork to furniture – can be chosen to mimic the cocoon effects and cushioning of the body for maximum comfort.

6. Space Between Furniture

Ensure that there is ample space between different types of furniture. Maneuvering around the living space first happens mentally before the body makes its move. Leaving any less than 50cm space between different items of furniture becomes difficult in navigation and movement.

7. Stress-Less Furniture

Stress-less furniture is pieces where stylish designs and ergonomic forms meet. Recliners, cushioned sofas, L-shaped sofas, less sharp edges, more volume and extensive support provide comfort and take care of the body even after long hours of use. They lend aesthetics to the living space too.

Living rooms designed without aesthetic considerations of furniture and décor, tend to get stressful and chaotic over time. Often such furniture gets neglected, with people choosing other areas of the home to lounge around. While designing living rooms, it is essential to make ergonomics a central part of the design. Select your furniture carefully and you will find that your home can be as comfortable as you need it to be. Need help with your design? Talk to the experts at HomeLane today!



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    Aarsun woods Reply

    Thanks for sharing a creative blog.If your Living Room is large enough; in order to save more space, it is a good idea to install a traditional Wooden room divider made from premium quality wood with floral and leaf carvings and white polish. Have a look at the room divider designs at Aarsun Woods and select what best suits you.

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    sonamw singh Reply

    Very useful tips charmaine, First time hear about Ergonomics. I liked you tips to ergonomically design your living space.I m surely gonna implement it in my new home.Good work.

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