Telecommuting/Working from Home (WFH) Ergonomics Equipment Guidelines

Purchasing Specifics/Contracts

CSU has a contract or partnership for furniture with particular vendors and when CSU funding is used for furniture purchases, contracts must be followed. However, if purchasing equipment using personal funds, contracts do not apply and any vendor can be used. However, employees should use caution when purchasing furniture or other ergonomics equipment for the home/telecommuting office. Not all vendors have truly ergonomic products. It is recommended that you contact the ergonomics office to have a specialist and review furniture and other equipment desired, prior to purchase.

All equipment and furniture listed on the ergonomics equipment website can be purchased using personal funds, regardless of the vendor (e.g. employees can purchase furniture/equipment from CSU’s primary furniture vendor using personal funds, although CSU pricing and discounts may not apply). Employees should inquire with the vendor for all applicable discounts.

The ergonomics equipment website also lists options for the employee working in a traditional CSU office, or for the home/telecommuting office. Equipment that is recommended ONLY for the home office is listed as such and cannot be purchased using CSU funds.  Contact CSU’s Ergonomics Manager with questions.

Access telecommuting ergonomic tips, handouts, & request a virtual/remote ergonomic evaluation


Telecommuting Furniture Guidelines

Use the below guidelines when purchasing equipment for the home office. Contact the ergonomics office with questions. See the ergonomics equipment website for a list of recommended ergonomic furniture and other equipment.


Ideal adjustments
  • Seat height
    • Seat height adjustment ranges should be from ~16-21” (May need to be slightly higher or lower depending on ‘your’ height)
    • Use an ergonomic calculator to ensure the chair adjusts to fit ‘you’
  • Seat & back tilt
  • Tension control
  • Rounded front edge of the seat (waterfall)
Preferred adjustments
  • Adjustable backrest
    • Pressure and/or height adjustable
  • Adjustable armrests
    • Ideal adjustments – height, width, fore, aft, pivot
    • Minimum adjustments – height
    • Armrests should provide sufficient clearance under the workstation (i.e. can be lowered to ensure they do not impact the desk edge).
  • Seat depth/length adjustment.
    • For a fixed seat length, this should ideally be less than 16.3”


  • Worksurface – at least 23 x 36” (24 x 42”, 24 x 48”, 30 x 48” or 30 x 60” are common and preferred)
  • The thickness of the work surface should be less than 1.5″. Avoid all leg obstructions such as pencil drawers, file drawers under the workstation. This will allow for the addition of a keyboard tray (if needed) as well as allow for ideal leg clearance and chair height adjustment.
  • Height Adjustable Table:
    • Height adjustment range should be from ~22-48” (ideal)
    • Electric or pneumatic height adjustment (no crank, pin, etc.)

Monitor Arms/Stands

Monitor Stand
  • Proper stability, width, and depth to hold the monitor used
  • Stackable if needed to adjust the monitor to the proper height
Monitor arm
  • Compatible with the monitor used (contact the vendor to ensure monitor arm can hold the monitor)
  • Adjustments – height, forward, backward, rotation, swivel, angle, right/left
  • Easily adjustable
Laptop stand
  • Proper stability, width, and depth to hold the laptop
  • Allows laptop monitor to be adjusted to the proper height

Keyboard Tray

  • Board/Platform dimensions – At least 25″ x 9” (~27″ x 10” is ideal)
  • At least 4” of height adjustment (below the desktop)
  • At least 0-15° of (negative) angle adjustment
  • The thickness of the platform should be no more than 1″.
  • Ideal attachment – track to underside of the work surface/desk. A clamp attachment is only acceptable when a traditional ‘track’ cannot be attached to the underside of a work surface.

Access telecommuting/WFH ergonomic equipment options

Access a 2-page ergonomics workstation setup handout

Contact CSU’s Ergonomics Manager
for additional information or with any questions