Starting up a business from home is an exciting time, and kitting out your home office to create the perfect hub for your new venture is equally fun. Even though you’ll be working from the comfort of your own home, there’s no need to ignore general ergonomic advice. After all, sitting on your laptop on the sofa is OK for a couple of hours, but if you’re going to be sitting for long periods of time, invest in an office desk and a desk chair that will support you and protect your back.
When you’re buying your desk chair, here’s what to look out for:
- Lumbar support
You chair should support you where you most need it, and for many of us, that’s in the lumbar (lower region) of your back. A good ergonomic office chair will have lumbar support built in and the higher end of the range will have adjustable lumbar support so you can move it to where you need it.
- Height and depth adjustable
All desk chairs should be height adjustable as standard. When you’re buying, make sure the mechanism is easy to use. The seat depth will be adjustable in mid-high end models, allowing you to sit in the best position at the back of the chair (where you can make the most of the back support), whilst keeping your legs at 90 degree angles.
There are many fabric options available for desk chairs. If you’re buying leather, make sure it is real leather, a plastic leather effect fabric will be uncomfortable in the heat of the summer months. Mesh fabrics, especially on the back of the chair, offer breathability and a softer support for your back.
- Back rest
The back of your chair should certainly be adjustable and it should be easy to adjust. When you’re sitting at your chair, your legs should be 90 degrees to your back and your thighs should be at 90 degrees to your shins. Only a good back rest will enable this optimum sitting position.
- Arm rests
Arm rests can be very useful, or very inconvenient and the difference lies in their adjustability. A good chair will have adjustable arm rests which allow you to move them up, down and in and out of the seat pan. If you prefer no arm rests then either look for a model without them, or choose a model where they’re easy to remove.
Your office chair is going to be a large part of your new home office, and can either support you in your new venture, or make it truly uncomfortable. Invest in good office furniture and you’ll be set up for success from day 1.