When it comes to working from home, it’s a real challenge to create a workspace that allows us to concentrate while remaining productive. Being aware that having the best quality equipment will boost your productivity is one thing, but choosing it is another.
You know you need a dedicated desk to work on, an ergonomic office chair, and a footrest, but you’re overwhelmed by the million choices on Amazon and other retailers?
In this article, we’ll give you some foolproof tips to help you make the right choice when buying your future home working equipment. Ready to go? Let’s get started!
How to choose your ideal office chair
An ergonomic office chair is designed to optimize the user’s comfort while working. Essentially, the chair should help you work better by alleviating the problems associated with sitting for long periods of time. To do this, the design of an office chair should include adjustments and sufficient back support.
Avoid choosing a work-at-home office chair that does not allow you to adjust any of the features listed below or that does not provide the back support described below.
Seat Height – Most office chairs allow you to adjust the height of the seat by moving a lever under the seat up or down. To know the correct height for your comfort, your feet should rest flat on the floor while your thighs are horizontal and your knees are at a 90 degree angle.
Tilt – The ability to adjust your office chair to either a forward or backward angle will relieve any pressure or tension on your spine and lower back muscles. This adjustment can be made using a mechanism usually located on the back of the chair.
Armrests – Not all office chairs have armrests. However, if you choose a chair with this option, the armrests should be adjustable. They should be set at a height that allows your shoulders to relax while your elbows and forearms rest gently while you work at your desk.
Headrest – A less common feature of office chairs is the headrest. If you have neck problems, a headrest can support your head to reduce any tension in that area.
A good office chair has a height and depth adjustable lumbar support that curves toward your back to support the natural curve of your lower back.
An ergonomic office chair has a backrest that is wide enough to support the user’s upper and middle back. If the backrest is not attached to the chair seat, it should be adjustable in height and angle to support the back, especially the lumbar area. Full back support will allow you to sit for a longer period of time.
How to choose a comfortable office adapted to your home environment?
Functional with storage
Working on the kitchen table is fine for a while, but it’s not an optimal place to work in good conditions: you quickly feel invaded by the pile of files waiting to be processed, your pens in shambles, and you can’t get your hands on your USB keys and other external hard drives.
Opt for a desk that has built-in storage or that is sold with a storage box, this will allow you to save space on your work surface! Moreover, thanks to the integrated shelves, you will be able to more easily arrange photos or plants in order to further personalize your workspace.
Straight desk Vs L-shaped desk
The shape of the desk and its dimensions are the first elements to look at, especially if you are constrained by the room in which you will install it. Is it a classic straight desk (rectangular in shape) or an L-shaped desk that will fit perfectly in a corner? Think carefully about these elements to make a first filter.
Spacious vs. space saving
In terms of elegance and for a more traditional effect, executive desks will be preferred for their spacious and prestigious side. Often made of wood, they have an impeccable finish and sometimes have carved patterns for a traditional effect.
Wire and cable management
Who hasn’t complained about having too many mouse wires, monitor cables and computer cables lying around on the desk and overlapping? The effect on your mind can be negative and affect your mood and productivity. You always feel more like getting to work when your desk is neat and tidy. When you look at the product sheets of desks, see if there are holes for wires and cables, or if cable ties are provided. Sometimes cable ties can be attached to the underside of the tabletop to keep wires together and out of the way.
Sitting all day is obviously not good for your body due to the pressure accumulated during all those working hours. On the other hand, standing all day long is not good for your comfort either, because your feet and legs are constantly being used.
An electric height-adjustable sit-stand desk will offer you the best compromise by offering you both alternatives at your convenience. Having trouble concentrating after a meal and feeling that digestion is weighing you down? Raise the desk in a few seconds so that you can work while stimulating your legs. Want to sit comfortably in your chair to prepare a long report? Lower the desk to the “sitting” position. Once you’ve tried a sit-stand desk, you can’t live without it!
How to choose a comfortable and suitable footrest?
What is a footrest?
When sitting at a desk, a footrest provides support for your feet, redistributing your body weight and allowing you to adjust the angle of your knees, hips and ankles for comfort or to reduce pain. It can also help stabilize your lower extremities. These adjustments, which may seem minor, can change the pressure distribution in your hips and spine, helping to improve ergonomics and reduce pain.
The different types of footrests
Footrests vary in size, function and position. They can be attached to a chair (or wheelchair) or stand alone; they can be an adjustable platform or a cushion; they can be made of memory foam or firm plastic; and they can be portable, reversible, mobile or static. There are many varieties of footrests, depending on their intended use (airplane, wheelchair, office, etc.). So it’s a good idea to consider your specific needs when looking for the best solution.
Choosing a footrest
Choosing the right footrest for you depends on your personal preference, comfort and intention. It is always helpful to try one out and get a feel for it before making a final decision. You can certainly choose a footrest on your own, but it can also be helpful to consult with a physical, occupational or chiropractic therapist, who can help you determine the best footrest for your goals and make any necessary adjustments.