Your bed is definitely the piece of furniture you use the most, clocking in about eight hours of your time each day. A close second, however, might be your desk chair, especially if you work from home. Subtracting time for meetings, lunch or travel, you probably sit down to work four to seven hours every day. That means finding the right chair is more important than you think.
While you certainly want to choose a chair that enhances your home décor, there are five other things to consider that can help you find the right one:
Lumbar Support. A good desk chair will be ergonomically designed to provide support for your lower back. It should cradle your spine into the natural S-shaped curve, placing the least amount of strain on your back. If you spend a lot of time at your desk, look for a chair with adjustable support for your back.
Adjustability. You want a chair that puts you at the right height for completing your work, and this might vary depending on the kind of work you’re doing. You can avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, by making sure your wrists are at the right level for your keyboard tray. Look for a chair that allows you to adjust its height up and down. Some chairs also provide adjustments for armrests, headrest, tilt and tension control.
Comfort. While the ergonomics of lumbar support and adjustability are important, don’t overlook the importance of finding a chair that’s comfortable. It helps to take them for a test drive, sitting in your options and finding the one that feels good to you. Depending on how many hours you use it, you might want to look for a cushioned seat. Also make sure the frame is accommodating to your shape, and decide if you prefer armrests or not.
Material. If you spend a lot of time in your chair, you will want to choose a fabric that is breathable so your seat doesn’t become hot and uncomfortable after hours of use. If you share your home office with children, you may wish to choose a chair that is upholstered in an easily maintained material such as leather or leather blend that are durable and can be wiped clean.
Budget. Finally, consider how much money you can afford to spend, but remember that purchasing a chair can also be an investment in your health and well being. While you can find a chair to fit any budget, it might be wise to spend less on a less important item such as a filing cabinet or bookshelf than pinch pennies on your chair.
How many hours a day do you spend at your desk? Make sure your chair is doing the best job for you as possible.