Does Your Home Office Desk Chair Enhance Your Productivity And Well-Being?

The desk chair in your home office is just as important as a desk chair in a corporate office. If it does not fit you correctly, you will not be comfortable while working, causing your productivity to be not at its best.

Working from your home office also often consists of sitting for long periods while performing constant computer tasks, faxing, scanning, and copying that inhibit blood flow and cause static muscle fatigue, strain and injuries. The build-up of fatigue minimizes your overall effectiveness through reduced work output and the need for excessive work breaks to increase the rate of blood flow.

With today’s forward-thinking technology, many desk chairs are designed to be fully adjustable, so they can make you exceptionally comfortable without causing aching backs and contributing to carpal tunnel syndrome. Besides your chair being adjustable for comfort, it should also be made from sustainable, recycled and low-emitting materials and support the reduction of impacts on the environment.

The following are the ergonomic functions and finish criteria that should be considered when purchasing a new desk chair:

Ergonomic Functions

  • Arm Adjustability – You chair’s armrests should be adjustable. They should allow your arms to rest comfortably and shoulders to be relaxed. The elbows and lower arms should rest lightly, and the forearm should not be on the armrest while working on your PC. This is Important to protect your from carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Seat Height Adjustment -Seat height should ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor allowing you to have your feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.
  • Lumbar Support – The lower back is very important. The lumbar spine has an inward curve, and sitting for long periods without support for this curve tends to lead to slouching and strains the structures in the lower spine. An ergonomic chair should have a lumbar adjustment (both height and depth), so you can obtain the proper fit to support the inward curve of the lower back.
  • Seat Depth Adjustment – The seat should have enough width and depth to support you comfortably. 17-20 inches wide is the standard. The depth (from front to back of the seat) needs to be enough so that you can sit with your back against the backrest of chair, while leaving approximately 2 to 4 inches between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair.

Swivel and Tilt Controls

  • Swivel and Tilt -The chair should easily rotate so you can reach different areas of your desk without straining. The forward or backward tilt of the seat should be easily adjustable.
  • Headrest – Optional

Finish Criteria

  • Low-Emitting Materials – Choose GREENGUARD Certified materials for healthier indoor air.
  • Life Cycle – Designed for Durability, Disassembly Instructions and End of Life Program.

A healthy, comfortable, sustainable and inspiring home office is just as important as a corporate office.  A quality, fully adjustable desk chair is worth the investment. Your desk chair should be beautifully designed with comfortable, healthy materials and resilient finishes that will uplift you every time you sit behind your computer.

Along with a great chair, good indoor air quality, natural lighting to reduce energy use,  views to the outdoors, layered lighting for different activities and good acoustics to limit noise distractions are all important to make working at home more productive and to help  improve your well-being.

We’re here to help you. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our comprehensive range of Sustainable Design, Universal Design and Interior Consulting services in the Connecticut, New York, and areas beyond.  You can reach us at 203.984.4695 or site@lynnhoffmandesign.com.

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Lynn Hoffman

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