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Computer Monitor Arms

Monitor arms are a great way to begin an overhaul on your office to make it more ergonomic and make you more productive as you work. It’s probably one of the most simple and the most effective ways to make you feel better while working at your computer. So many neck and back issues are caused by the daily use of computers that are too low and force you to look down for hours a day. With a monitor arm you can position your monitor at your eye level, swivel, rotate, tilt and fold it to fit perfectly. Within hours of using a monitor arm you will wonder how you ever survived without it.

How Will I Know My Monitor Will Fit On a Particular Monitor Arm?

Monitor arms are ergonomic mounting mechanisms that raise flat panel monitors up off the desk. Monitor arms provide flexibility for ease of use. When a monitor is mounted to a monitor arm, the monitor may be moved away from the desk surface area when not in use. This creates more room on the desktop area for other tasks. To view the monitor, simply swing the mounted monitor into view. Many models of monitor arms allow the user to tilt the monitor toward or away from them, as well.

Monitor arms are ergonomic because they allow the user to set the monitor in the most comfortable position for viewing. Monitor arms are available in a variety of styles. The arms may be permanently mounted onto a table surface, such as a desk, or they may be permanently mounted to a wall. The arm may include a temporary mount that allows the user to clip or clamp the arm onto the desk surface. Temporary mounts allow the user to move the monitor to various locations on the desk. Monitor arms also available to hold multiple monitors on one device.

One of the most convenient aspects of mounting a monitor on a monitor arm is that the arm allows the user to free up area on the desk surface. Traditionally, the monitor sits on the desk surface. The footprint of the monitor’s base may be as much as a 12“ by 6“ area. In addition, monitors that sit on the desk surface are not as mobile as monitors that utilize monitor arms, nor are they as versatile. With flexible monitor arms, the user may tilt the monitor for optimal viewing, reducing neck, back and shoulder strain. Monitor arms are not only ergonomic; they are convenient and save valuable space on the desktop.

How To Size a Monitor for a Monitor Arm

Monitor arms are shipped with mounting kits that enable the user to mount one end of the arm to the monitor and the other end to either a wall or a desk surface. Most monitor arms ship with a universal connection kit for attaching the arm to a wall or desk. Most monitor arms also ship with two sizes of mounts for the back of the monitor. Most arms come equipped with 75 mm and 100 mm VESA mounting plates to fit any standard monitor.

Flat screen monitors have standard mounting holes in the back of the units. These are known as VESA mounting holes and allow for either 75 mm or 100 mm VESA mounting plates to be attached to the back of the monitor. As long as your monitor has VESA mounting holes in the back of the unit, as most do, you will be able to mount your monitor to the arm with either the 75 mm or 100 mm VESA mounting plate. Check with your monitor’s specifications to ensure that your device is VESA compatible.

In addition to checking the VESA compatibility, you should also know the weight of your monitor. Monitor arms are able to support a certain amount of weight and the recommended weight limit should not be exceeded. Your monitor specifications should list the total weight of your monitor. Select a monitor arm that will safely support the weight of your model of monitor.

Selecting a Monitor Arm

Some monitor arms move with only a back and forth motion. Other monitor arms are flexible and move in all directions. Make sure to select the monitor arm that best suits your application. Additionally, with some monitor arms, you are able to to purchase add-on arms for mounting additional monitors. Some monitor arms are made to accommodate multiple monitor arms and others are constructed to accommodate only one monitor. Consider whether you will need to expand the unit in the future to accommodate additional monitors. If you expect to purchase additional monitors, be sure to purchase a monitor arm mechanism that is expandable.

Selecting a Mounting Option

When selecting a monitor arm, you will need to consider how the arm will be mounted. Will you need a wall or ceiling mounted arm or do you intend to mount the unit to the desk surface? Will you need to permanently mount the arm to the desk or wall, or would you prefer to have a temporarily mounted device so that the arm may be easily moved?

Workright Monitor Arms

Workrite Monitor Arms are available in many styles and models. The SwingArm model is a flexible monitor arm that allows the user to position the monitor in all directions. Tilt angle, as well as height and depth may be adjusted with the SwingArm model. The Poise Single model allows the monitor to float above the desk top, freeing up valuable table space. The Poise Dual allows mounting of two monitors, which may be controlled individually, from one arm unit. The Poise Twin mounts two monitors side by side. The monitors are positioned together, remaining in sync with one another with this model. The Poise HD is a heavy-duty monitor arm that accommodates heavier than average monitors. The Workrite Willow is designed to accommodate lightweight monitors. Select the Workrite monitor arm that is right for your monitor and application.

Workrite monitor arms are attractive and add to the aesthetics of any room. Attractive and functional, Workrite monitor arms will ensure that your employees are healthy and happy while utilizing their monitors. A healthier, happier workforce is a more productive workforce. Contact a Workrite distributor if you have additional questions about Workrite ergonomic monitor arms.


1. What causes neck and back pain at a desk job?

Slumping, slouching and bending the head and neck forward to read the monitor are causes of neck and back pain on the job. Workrite Ergonomic monitor arms alleviate the need to bend forward or slouch to properly view the monitor. Because many companies are working to accommodate an aging workforce with varied visual abilities, Workrite Ergonomic monitor arms accommodate employees of any size or stature.

2. How does a Workrite monitor arm help your health?

The Workrite monitor arm will help you adjust the monitor to a comfortable position alleviating neck, back and shoulder strain. The Workrite monitor arm will allow you to position the monitor high or low, or to tilt the monitor toward you or away from you. The Workright monitor arm allows you to be in complete control over the positioning of your monitor. For optimal health, position the monitor so that at least one third of the monitor is at or below eye level. The monitor should be a minimum of 18“ from you, which is approximate an arm’s length way.

3. How many monitor brands fit the Workrite monitor arm?

Workright monitor arms fit all major brands of monitors. Workright monitor arms are shipped with VESA mounting plates and all of the hardware required to mount the arm to your monitor.