Working in comfort – Using a keyboard on a sofa or bed

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Using a keyboard on a sofa or bed

Even if you use your keyboard in a seemingly comfortable place such as a sofa, bed, or your favorite lounge chair, you can still experience discomfort by sitting in an awkward position or in one position for too long.

Be aware of your forearms, wrists, and hands
When working with a keyboard on your lap, sofa, or bed, be especially attentive to keeping your forearms, wrists, and hands in their neutral comfort zone. Avoid markedly bending your wrists up, down, in or out to the sides, especially frequently or for long periods of time.

Experiment with positioning pillows under your forearms; they may help keep your shoulders relaxed and your wrists in a comfortable, neutral position.


Back comfort
On a sofa, chair, or bed, it is especially important to support your whole back. Be inventive and use blankets, towels, or pillows.


When using a notebook computer on a bed or sofa:

  • Avoid reclining too far or slouching forward over your outstretched legs.
  • Avoid sitting completely still and working without breaks for long periods.