Here is how to make your office chair more comfortable:
- Adjust the height of the chair
- Recline your chair to 135 degrees
- Add a lumbar pillow, ergonomic seat cushion, and padded armrests
Work can be stressful and occasionally unenjoyable, so the last thing you want is to have to sit 40 hours a week (or more) on a chair that is uncomfortable. Not only do you want a comfortable chair, but also one that is functional for typing and working at a computer. While it may seem impossible to find a chair setup that is both ergonomic and comfortable, it can be done! We will share our top tips for making your office chair more comfortable below.
Why Is Your Office Chair Important?
Besides the fact that human-nature favors settings and situations that are more comfortable, when it comes to your desk chair, there is a secondary factor related to comfort you need to be concerned about: your health.
Not only does sitting for too long increase your risk for chronic illnesses but sitting incorrectly can affect your posture. Poor posture when working can also lead to Repetitive Strain Injuries and Carpal Tunnel. The appropriate chair setup can help you prevent various health issues and keep you comfortable throughout your workweek.
How to Setup Your Office Chair Comfortably?
Setting up your office chair comfortably is not a time-consuming task, but many people avoid tinkering with the settings on their chairs because they’re unaware of their functions. Keep in mind that these tips apply to office-specific chairs; if you’re still using a dining room chair, we absolutely recommend purchasing an appropriate desk chair and then move on to following our tips. Here we’ll share common settings you can adjust on office chairs and additional ways you can increase the comfort of your office chair.
1. Adjust the Height
Our first recommendation to make your office chair more comfortable is to adjust its height. Proper typing posture dictates that your feet should be flat on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle; your chair will need to be at the appropriate height for your size for you to be able to do that.
Adjusting your chair’s height is imperative to maintaining proper typing posture which can prevent back and neck strain, as well as repetitive strain injuries. In addition, if your chair is too tall for your height, you may notice numbness in your legs or poor circulation in your thighs from your feet hanging in the air. Conversely, if your chair is too short for you, you will be applying too much pressure to your lower back as your hip joints attempt to keep your knees above your hips.
2. Adjust the Recline
Most office chairs have a knob on the bottom that will adjust the degree of recline the back of the chair has. The ideal degree of recline to minimize disc pressure-related back strain is 135 degrees. As the degree of recline gets closer to 0, the more pressure you’re placing on your disks. Of course, keep in mind that proper typing posture recommends keeping your back and neck straight, so conversely, you don’t want to recline too much. Remember – temporary comfort is not worth the longterm health risks!
3. Add Accessories
Chair settings can only get you so far; for maximum comfort, consider adding a lumbar pillow, seat cushion, and armrest pads. Lumbar pillows will keep lower back pain at bay by providing additional support for your back. Best of all, lumbar pillows are inexpensive; this addition can quickly transform your chair into one that rivals the most expensive ergonomic chairs.
On top of adding a lumbar pillow, you can also add a seat cushion. Seat cushion take away the discomfort many of us experience when we sit too long. Ergonomic seat cushions boast padding and contours to help evenly distribute the weight of your body and stabilize your pelvis. They’re often a physician recommended solution to a wide range of pains and discomforts in the hip and tailbone areas.
Don’t forget your arms! Arms encompass around 10% of the body’s weight, so don’t ignore any discomfort you may be experiencing there. The addition of a cushioned armrest pad will give your arms additional support which can be especially helpful for those with long arms.
Adjusting your chair is not your first and only stop in creating a more ergonomic desk setup. Consider adding an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, and desk to roundoff your office setup; browse our robust selection of ergonomic office solutions at Goldtouch!