Work from Home: How to Choose an Ergonomic Chair for Home Office

April 29, 2021

A home office setup with ergonomic chairs

We, humans, are creatures of comfort. We cannot function without the things that make us comfortable. Be it in the office or at home. Whenever there is work, we sit on our chairs typing away for hours. It is easy to conclude that comfort must be a priority. Thanks to ergonomic chairs we are can achieve comfort, a desk having the correct height, and the equipment we work with is necessary for making the workspace efficient.

One of the obstacles seen in remote working is the lack of equipment at home for a work office setup in the same conditions as in the office.

Whether in creating a home office or setting up office workspaces, selecting the right ergonomic chairs is the first and the most important step. An ergonomic chair that adapts to the preferences of each person to prevent discomfort and fatigue throughout the day. It also must avoid health problems that is linked with holding a poor posture for long periods of time.

Always consider ergonomics when looking for a work chair. A factor based on postural correction and supporting the body. The user does not have to support their own weight and lets the chair do the work for him. This can be adjusted to suit the needs of each person.

This is now the new remote working environment, rules that protect people in their workplace in the office should also apply in work from home settings, ensuring the employee well-being and efficiency in both work setups. So, in this time of this pandemic, working from home is the new normal and here to stay

It is very likely that workers will be spending hours sitting on a chair, facing a computer. It is therefore recommended to choose an ergonomic chair that offers good back support, prevents fatigue, and aims to eliminate any health issues that may occur due to improper seating posture.

The best thing is that each part of the ergonomic chair can be adjusted independently according to one's preference and body shape. 


Now that you are working from home, here’s how to create a small home office to optimize space and make the most of what you have:


Find a Corner and Turn it into an Office

Convert a small section of the living room, guest bedroom, hallway, or corner into a home office. Desks and workstations are available in a variety of sizes. Choose the one that is most suitable. Use boxes and cartons as makeshift shelves.


Convert a Desk

Convert an existing desk, kitchen, or dressing table into a workstation. The desk should be at least 40 inches. It is best to put the desk near a window to have enough light.  


Use the Closet Space

Thinking about converting a closet into a home office?  Remove all the shelves from the existing closet. Install a floating desktop. The closet can be closed with a sliding door to have some privacy or to shut the noise outside. Find a place to put electrical sockets and light lamps. 


Bring in a Portable Table

If space is too small to out in a full-fledged home office, then get a laptop table on wheels or one that is portable so it can be moved around. Or use a small folding laptop table that can be used on the bed and folded when done. Since these are not exactly ergonomic tables, take lots of breaks and stretch.


Put a Wall to Work

To maximize space, use a wall by adding shelves on hooks. If not possible, a foldable desktop will suffice and can be folded close when not in use.


Use the Dining Table

The best way to convert a home office is by using the dining table for a spacious home office. Just keep to a minimum the office accessories or stationery on the dining table so that it can quickly convert go back into a dining table during lunch, dinner, or snack time.


What to look for in an ergonomic chair for home:


1. Adjustable Height

An ergonomic chair can extend upwards and downwards and adjusted between a height of 15 to 22 inches. The user's feet must firmly on the ground and the knees bent at an angle of 90 degrees when sitting.


2. Adjustable Armrests

Find a chair with adjustable armrests that the user can put their arms comfortably. The height of the armrest should let the elbows be at an angle of 90 degrees.


3. Seat Dimensions

Try sitting on the chair to check whether the width and depth of the chair are comfortable before buying. Remember that each chair has a specific weight limit so get one according to your body weight.


4. Lumbar Support

The best ergonomic chairs for homes need to have a good lumbar adjustment where the height and depth of the lumbar support can be adjusted to the natural curve of the lumbar region of the spine.


5. Adjustable Backrest

The width of the backrest can range between 12 to 19 inches and reclines in the forward or backward direction. It comes with a locking system so that the chair's angle of recline can be steady and fixed.


6. The Wheel Base

Find a five-pedestal ergonomic chair on casters that can glide freely and easily on different floorings. The five spokes guarantee good mobility and stability within the chair.


7. Upholstery

A good ergonomic chair must have upholstery that is maintenance-free. Preferably like vinyl or leather. It should also be breathable that feel comfortable in the summertime. Finally, the padding material of the seat must be made of good quality foam. A memory foam cushion is the best choice considering it lasts longer than other padding materials.


8. Swivel Functions

An ergonomic chair that swivels or rotates is much better so that the user can easily reach out for things.


9. Head Support

Premium quality ergonomic chairs should have good head support that can be adjusted according to the height of the user's head when sitting. The head support also offers good support to the shoulders, head, and neck.

The Adjustable Ergonomic Office Executive Chair LYL is the perfect ergonomic chair for the home.


Conclusion:


There are many possibilities for the workspace, whether in the office or at home, with guaranteed comfort. Choose the option that best suits the user's characteristics and their working environment.

The aim here is to create a tool for each person to sit better and minimize the number of postural changes made during the day and improve their well-being.

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