How to Choose Ergonomic Furniture for Your Home Office

If you’re lucky enough to have a job that allows you to work from home, or unlucky enough to have a job that makes you work at home after you leave the office, you’ve probably set aside dedicated space for a home office. And if you use the space frequently, you’re probably spending a lot of time sitting in an uncomfortable chair, hunched over a keyboard and straining your neck and shoulders as you stare at the monitor. This, of course, can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, and repetitive motion injuries over time, all of which can definitely impact your ability to work (or do anything else, for that matter). However, there is a simple solution that can make your home office more functional, comfortable, and conducive to getting work done: ergonomic furniture. All you have to do is figure out what is going to suit your needs best.

There are all kinds of options when it comes to office furniture designed to fit you, and since everybody is different, you should be on the lookout for pieces that are adjustable. In truth, there are three main parts to just about any ergonomic office setup: the chair, the desk, and the keyboard. And while you’ll buy each piece independently, they’re going to have to fit together in order to create an ideal work environment that won’t leave you wincing in pain or working out kinks in your muscles after a long day at the desk. This means finding pieces that adjust so you can match them up.

The first thing you’ll probably want to do is try out some chairs. More than just about any other ergonomic product, the chair will help to position your body correctly so as to give you the best chance of avoiding back and neck pain. In case you didn’t know, the ideal position for your body is a 130? angle, which means you lean back rather than forward. But what the ergonomic chair provides, aside from the opportunity to set your chair at a specific angle of recline, is options for adjusting the lumbar support, the height and angle of the seat, the level of the armrests, and more. This means you’ll end up with an office chair that fits you like a glove and cradles your body in the most supportive way.

Of course, the chair will offer the best benefits when paired with other ergonomic products. A desk may be the most expensive item, and you’ll have to decide whether the adjustment potential it offers is worth the cost. But if you’re going to shell out the money for a chair, you should at least spend a little more to get an ergonomic keyboard. It may look weird with the keys laid out in a wave pattern instead of a straight line, but this product is designed to fit the natural curve of your hands and arms, so it should actually help to reduce tension in your neck and alleviate repetitive motion injuries since you’re not bending your arms and wrists at strange angles to type.

The main thing to remember is that it’s a good idea to try out the pieces you intend to buy. You can certainly order them online in order to save a few bucks, but first try to find them at a nearby store so you can sit in the chair and fiddle with the adjustments or place your hands on the keyboard and simulate typing to see how it feels. This, more than anything else, will tell you if the product is right for you or you need to keep searching. You wouldn’t spend major money on an Ekornes chair fromĀ Unwind.com without first sitting in one in a store, even if you can get a better price online. And the same goes for ergonomic office furniture. “Try, then buy” should be your policy.

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