Home Office Chairs: Be Informed!
The need for a comfortable home office chair has never been so important. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly transformed your workspace – and if you’re like most people, you’ve set up shop at your dining room table. After more than a month sitting on your dining room chair (with a hard back and seat!), or stooped over your kitchen island, you know one thing for sure: your back is killing you.
At WSG, we’ve been inundated with requests for comfortable home office chairs. “The first thing we like to do, is make sure we have an informed customer,” says Michael Miedzinski, Account Manager, WSG. “By arming our clients with what they need in a chair, it helps make their buying decision all that much easier.”
One of the most important parts of your chair is to ensure your legs are supported properly. How can you tell? If you can get three fingers in between the edge of the seat and your knee, you know that your legs are properly supported. However, if you can get a fist in between your leg and the edge of the chair – then your legs are not properly supported and can cause extreme discomfort. Also, make sure your legs are positioned at a 90-degree angle.
Adjustable Arms & Pneumatic Lift
Your chair should have arms that move up and down. This feature takes all the weight off of your upper back and upper shoulders. Together with the pneumatic lift (which allows the chair to go up and down), your arms can be at a 90-degree angle to your keyboard or work surface, providing optimal ergonomic comfort.
If you’re sitting on a dining room chair with hard seat, you already know this is no substitute for a home office chair. The hard surface causes pressure points and stops the blood flow, therefore forcing you to stop working, move around and not be able to focus on the work at hand. Look for a chair with a cushion or mesh seat allowing the air to flow and keep you cool while you sit.
Consumers are becoming more familiar with this term and often want this feature for their chairs. A lumbar gives more support to the lower part of your back, approximately around the belt line.
Some people like to sit up straight; others like their home office chairs to have a little tilt. Why? “The tilt mechanism allows your body to open up and change position while you’re working at your desk,” says Michael Miedzinski, Account Manager, WSG.
Seem so simple, but casters are an important component to your home office chair. “Casters allow you to easily push or pull your chair into place, without straining your back,” says Judy Brant, Account Manager, WSG. “You want the chair to move with you, not fight against you.”
After you buy your chair, it’s also a good idea to learn more about how to improve your posture. The sales team at WSG is more than happy to ensure you have a home office chair that is right for you and your budget. Contact us to get you a new chair as soon as possible.