Today I want to talk about a very serious point lots of us don’t really take into consideration when we start working from home: how to choose the perfect chair for your home office.
If you are used to being an employee, you’ve probably never had the chance to choose your own chair at the office. And unless you suffer from chronic back pain or any disability, it is very unlikely that you will ever have anything to say about it. However, if you have switched your salaried job for a self-employed adventure, choosing the right furniture for your home office could be (as many other new things) a challenge!
As a blogger, I’m self-employed myself. And although I don’t particularly suffer from more than an occasional back pain, I’ve come to learn the hard way how important it is to carefully consider what chair is best for you. After all, you are going to spend a few hours a day sitting on it!
Can a desk chair hurt your back?
It is no mystery that sitting for long periods of time in a bad posture can hurt your back, both short and long term. This is because the ligaments protecting your spine stretch under continued pressure, to the point where they are unable to protect the spine anymore and the discs start to compress. How do you avoid this? Basically, by sitting properly; this is, upright and with your lumbar spine curved inwards, as in fig. 2.
Unfortunately, way too many chairs force us to sit as in fig. 1, which puts more pressure on your discs. This can lead mainly to three problems: lumbago, mechanical back pain and herniated discs.
(source image: https://www.posture-chair.co.uk/causes-of-back-pain/)
What is an ergonomic chair desk?
The NHS offers a number of tips to learn how to sit at your desk correctly, one of them being finding a chair that supports your back and is adjustable. But you will probably already know that not all chairs are adjustable! Look at your dining tables, for example: you can’t adjust their back and most times they don’t even have armrests. That’s why you should always consider buying an ergonomic chair for your desk.
But what makes a chair ergonomic? Well, an ergonomic desk chair is designed to offer a number of features to support your posture:
- Adjustable seat height
- Adjustable seat width and depth
- Seat tilt
- Backrest lumbar support
- Adjustable backrest recline
- Comfortable, breathable materials
The more of these features your new chair has, the more comfortable you will feel when sitting on it. And, of course, the more protected your back will be.
But ergonomic desk chairs aren’t your only option when looking for an office chair. You can also use a kneeling chair, a saddle chair or an exercise ball. Way too modern for you? Well, you will be surprised to know that using an exercise ball as a desk chair has lots of benefits!
Where to buy a desk chair?
Finding a good desk chair is not as hard as it may seem. Office furniture stores are aware of the health benefits of this kind of chairs and, fortunately, there are hundreds of models in the market.
I bought mine at Gazelle Office Furniture. They have a vast range of both new and used furniture, for those wanting to save some money in their home office furniture – which honestly, it’s something we all could benefit from!