Turn any desk, shelf or wall into a functioning workspace with a keyboard drawer, keyboard tray or wall-mounted workstation that accommodates your work style. Create a space with the flexibility and convenience you need to streamline performance and optimize time management, then tuck things neatly away so they're at the ready for the next day. Be sure to consider additional computer and tablet accessories, including mouse pads and wrist rests, for even greater productivity possibilities.
Give yourself some added space on your table or desktop with an under-mounted keyboard manager or drawer. Choose permanent mounting designs, as well as swivelling versions for greater versatility. Save space and keep things looking neat with keyboard trays or drawers that keep everything enclosed or folding managers that enable keyboards and mice to be stored snugly when not in use. Look for added convenience features, like memory foam wrist rests and adjustable keyboard heights, as well as finishes that complement your office's décor.
Whether you're enhancing your existing desk or making one from scratch with just a shelf mounted at desk height on the wall, a keyboard manager and drawer can keep your keyboard and mouse off of your surface and right where you need them.
This fact sheet provides helpful information on using keyboard trays. Follow the instructions below to adjust your tray to help make you more comfortable and productive, and possibly help prevent injury.
What is a keyboard tray?
- A keyboard tray is a platform attached to the underside of your desk. It is designed to hold your keyboard and pointing devices.
- The platform should be adjustable for height and tilt.
Why should I use an adjustable keyboard tray?
- It lets you keep the keyboard and pointing device (e.g. mouse) in a more comfortable position and reduces reach.
- It lets you adjust the height of your keyboard. This allows most users to sit comfortably with feet on the floor and with relaxed shoulders while typing or using mouse.
- It lets you adjust the tilt of the keyboard. Proper tilt combined with the height adjustment helps to keep wrists straight (unbent).
How do I adjust my keyboard tray?
- Height adjustment for newer trays can be done by finger pressure alone. Many older trays use levers or knobs that need to be loosened to change the tray height.
- Tilt adjustment on newer models is usually done by turning a knob. On many older trays the same knob adjusts height and tilt. Some trays have levers to change tilt.
- Check the manufacturer's instructions to make adjustments if you are having trouble.
What is the best position for my keyboard tray?
- Before adjusting the tray, adjust the height of your chair so feet are flat on floor, and make all other important adjustments to your chair.
- Your chair and keyboard tray should be aligned with the monitor. A keyboard tray that pivots may help with this alignment.
- For touch typists:
- Lower the tray so that it is almost resting in your lap with your arms and shoulders in a comfortable position, supported by the armrests.
- Tilt the front (the edge closest to your body) of your keyboard higher than the rear. This is called ‘negative tilt'. Tilt the tray so that your wrists are not bent up or down.
- If you are a ‘hunt and peck' typist and need to look at the keys, experiment with the keyboard in higher positions to reduce neck bending but be aware that raising your keyboard may lead to wrist bending. Consider learning to touch type.
- Some keyboard trays can also be raised to a height that allows the user to stand while working. Unless this type of tray has two arms, the platform may be unstable (e.g. tray bounces when keying).
- The keyboard tray should be retractable under your desk to create more space when not being used.