Keyboards & Keyboard Trays

Did you know - Identifying the right keyboard and keyboard tray for your workspace is one of the greatest challenges when setting up an ergonomic workstation.

There are a myriad of models and alternatives to choose from. Understanding which is the most appropriate for the individual can be a daunting and confusing task. Even more important, once the equipment is purchased and installed, training the end user on its proper use is critical.

Summit will consult with you to select the right keyboard tray to accommodate the proper height, keyboard design, workspace dimensions, typing ability, positioning and most importantly educate the individual in proper usage and adjustments based on their needs. This will maximize your investment and more importantly significantly reduce the potential for developing CTDs (Cumulative Trauma Disorders) associated with keyboarding and mousing.

Keyboard positionKeyboards have gotten smaller as demands for space and smaller devices has increased. Laptops and slimline keyboards are notorious for putting our wrists in awkward angles to accommodate the necessary hand positions. Narrow keyboards and larger torso widths just aren't compatible with neutral wrist positioning. Extreme wrist deviation is a significant factor for developing a CTD.


  1. Know the depth of the workspace where the keyboard tray is to be installed. Measure the underside of the desk from the front edge to the back edge or to the first barrier encountered (metal rail, support beam etc)
  2. Know the desired mousing hand for the end-user.
  3. Ask the end-user if they are a touch typist or more of a "hunt & peck" typist.
  4. Know the dimensions of the users keyboard.

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