Slantboards are pieces of office equipment that are designed to hold and display papers or books. They are typically used in home offices, as well as in the workplace, to improve efficiency and provide ergonomic support.
Slantboards come in a number of designs, but the basic features are much the same among models. All slantboards are capable of standing on their own and contain a ledge on which documents or books can be placed. By setting the document or book on the ledge of the slantboard, the user does not need to hold it up in order to view it. This frees up the user’s hands for completing other tasks.
Slantboards also provide ergonomic support because they make it possible to place the document or book at eye level. This is particularly beneficial when typing, as the typist does not need to look down on the desk and hurt his or her back in order to see the document. By keeping his or her head in a more comfortable position, the risk of neck pain is reduced.
Low end slantboard models remain in only one position. Those of a higher quality, however, are adjustable. This makes it possible for multiple users to use the same slantboard. In addition, the same user can use a single slantboard for multiple purposes or environments. For instance, the same slantboard may be used at various workstations, where the set up of the desk may be different and therefore require the slantboard to be at a different angle.
Slantboards are also made from different materials. Some are made of metal, while others are made of plastic or of wood. For the most part, the material has little effect on the quality of slantboards. Some users, however, find plastic models easier to clean. In addition, plastic slantboards can be transparent, which can be useful because they do not block out the view of what is behind them. In some cases, particularly in cramped quarters, being able to see behind slantboards is essential.