Great strides have been made to improve the comfort and safety of work in the typical office environment. However, more and more people are telecommuting or running their own home businesses online from their home offices. It is important to outfit your home office with furniture that will provide you with the support and comfort you need to work efficiently. As your home office chair is where you're likely to spend the bulk of your days, it is important for you to find just the right home office chair.

 

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Most businesses adopted ergonomics policies in the 1990s to deal with growing repetitive stress injuries. This move has been quite effective when you consider the ever increasing percentages of people working in offices, without an equivalent increase in repetitive stress injuries. But, the trend now is towards self-employment in home offices and telecommuting from home offices. If you have a home office, you need to make sure that you put your own emphasis on developing a healthy, work conducive environment. Since your chair is where you'll spend the bulk of your time, it has to feel just right while holding you in a good working position.

Forget Fancy Designs

In an attempt to take advantage of the demand for ergonomic products, many companies develop furniture and equipment with exaggerated designs to catch your eye. This is not as much of an issue now as it was in the 1990s, when buying ergonomic first became a big deal, perhaps even a work fashion statement.

In terms of shape, all you need from your chair is something that will hold you in the proper position. Your feet should lay flat with your knees at a ninety degree angle. When you are not typing, your arms should be positioned comfortably on the keyboard, with your elbows at a ninety degree angle. If you work at a tall desk, go with a tall chair and a foot stool to get the proper angles. If you work at a short desk, go with a normal chair and a keyboard stand to get your arms at the proper resting angles.

Test for Comfort

While choosing the shape of the chair is a relatively objective decision, based on establishing proper body positioning, the comfort provided by the chair is a much more subjective consideration. It is up to you to test any prospective chair to see how comfortable it is for you. It must provide comfortable support underneath you and behind you as you sit in the proper position for use. Ideally, you need to test a chair for a week or two. At the very least you should sit in one for about ten minutes on the showroom floor before you decide to purchase it.

Benefits of Finding the Right Chair

You should not buy a chair you cannot test. If you are like the typical home office worker, you will spend nearly as much time in your primary home office chair as you spend in your bed. Finding a chair that you can sit in day after day, hour after hour, provides you with more than just comfort. It allows you to work more continuously, with less distraction. Just as importantly, a comfortable chair that keeps you in the proper posture will reduce your risk of repetitive stress injury. Such an injury could lead to a significant reduction in your ability to work. Thus, a comfortable chair for your home office will make you a more productive worker.

Great strides have been made to improve the comfort and safety of work in the typical office environment. However, more and more people are telecommuting or running their own home businesses online from their home offices. It is important to outfit your home office with furniture that will provide you with the support and comfort you need to work efficiently. As your home office chair is where you're likely to spend the bulk of your days, it is important for you to find just the right home office chair.