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Corner Converters

What are Corner Converters?

Corner Converters are usually metal rectangular 'sleeves' that bridge the 90° corner of an L-shaped desk (i.e. a desk with a return).  By bridging over the corner, the corner of the desk can be 'converted' into a more usable space as it becomes easier to access and move around. 

What are the Ergonomic Benefits of a Corner Converter?

Corner Converters increase the amount of workspace and allow the user to make use of the corner of the desk without Overreaching.  They also free up space on the both the main and return sections of the desk.  They are often used in conjunction with an Articulating Keyboard Arm to create a less linear workspace, allowing the keyboard arm to extend from the corner of the desk at a 45° angle.

What are Potential Concerns when Considering a Corner Converter?

The main concern arises from the thickness of the desk surface.  The Corner Converter must be capable of being securely mounted on the desk. A secondary concern is the width of the Corner Converter.  Care must be taken to ensure that a sufficient size is selected which will allow a keyboard tray to 'clear' the desk when brought up (so that it doesn't catch on the two edges of the desk).  The desk itself must be composed of a material that can support the Corner Converter and any Keyboard Arm and associated weight which will be applied to it.  If the desk is made of particle board or is not particularly strong, an additional sheet of plywood may be required (affixed with a large number of shallow screws) to provide a suitable mounting location for the Corner Converter.

On smaller desks, the desired size of Corner Converter may actually make the current desk space unusable (for example, if a return is only 3' long, some Corner Converters will mount half of the length of the return).  Finally if the Corner Converter is being used without a Keyboard Arm, the metal surface may feel 'cold' or uncomfortable for users.

For what Types of Tasks / Users are Corner Converters Suitable? 

Corner Converters are ideal for applications where it is desirable to have a Keyboard Arm extending from the corner of a desk with a return.

What Physical Injuries or Conditions Typically Benefit from a Corner Converter?

Individuals who have pain in their hands, wrists, arms and shoulders will see immediate benefits from working on a work surface at the appropriate height.  Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Guyon's Canal Syndrome and Lateral Epicondylitis can become aggravated as pressure from the edge of a desk will be felt on the underside of the wrist if the work surface is too high.  The addition of a Corner Converter to permit the installation of a Keyboard Arm would yield significant benefits for individuals such as this.  



Last edited December 16th, 2013

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