Adding a keyboard tray system to your desk is a great solution to reduce strain caused by over-reaching to your desk to type. By bringing the keyboard to your lap, you are able to more comfortably type, releasing pressure on the neck, shoulder and arms. A good keyboard tray will also allow you to negatively tilt the platform so that your hands are in the correct typing position, a great ergonomic feature many built-in trays do not have. Most keyboard trays attach using tracks that are drilled underneath your desk. Tracks are usually 5″ wide, and range from 11” – 27” long, and can fit a wide range of different sized depths of desktops. However, some desk don’t have as much real estate, because of a crossbeam running across the underside of the desk, so what do you do if you have less than 11″?
I ran into this issue myself recently. I upgraded my UpLift desk from a 48” x 30” top to an 80” x 24”, not realizing that the shorter depth would cut my available mounting space down to 9″! I collapsed in defeat, pouted, then got some ice cream to make myself better. As I was finishing my 5th cone, an idea sparked; when I got home, I decided to mount my track sideways instead of the regular configuration, and Voila! If you are desperately needing to mount a keyboard tray but don’t have the 11”, I would definitely recommend this method, however there are a couple drawbacks. [ Read more ]