So people spend a fortune on office chairs?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

I've heard, over the years, of people spending insane amounts of money on office chairs.

On the one hand I accept that you spend a lot of time sitting in chairs when you're working upon a computer. On the left I find the idea of spending £750+ on a chair a little insane.

For the past few years I've had a kneeling chair over time this has gotten pretty "squished" and "flat". (Specifically the part where my knees go.)

So I decided to get a new chair. What did I buy? a large rubber ball!

It's a little weird to walk into the room and see this green ball in front of the keyboard, but it's actually pretty great to sit on.

I'm gonna ignore all claims of "excercise" and "healthyness". Sure I find myself shifting around slightly to retain balance, but I'm not at all convinced that such small movements, even over the course of many days, will make any appreciable different to my muscles.

Anyway .. That is all I have to say today.

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[gravitar] Konstantin Khomoutov

Submitted at 14:51:55 on 12 september 2010

I wonder if you have any problems with your spine with a chairs like these. I mean, one of the winning points of a "normal" office shair is its ability to tune its back so that it aligns with the human spine and helps to keep it straight, not allowing to grow a hump. ;-)
Without such support people tend to bend towards the table (unless they stay, not sit).

[gravitar] sysadmin

Submitted at 17:34:32 on 12 september 2010

I bet you are not at your forties with over 10 hours a day for about 20 years.

Or else you would already how much a difference can make proper ergonomy (mainly screen, keyboard and chair).

Yes: a properly fitted Aeron does make a difference.

[gravitar] Adam

Submitted at 19:15:41 on 13 september 2010

I'm 32 and had back problems for years, I recently started working from home and needed to invest in a chair. I looked at the Aeron and similar and sought advice from my osteopath.

One really important thing he told me is don't try and sit up dead straight, it's not good for your back (despite what everyone says!) he says it's important to make sure that every angle in your body is obtuse (i.e. 90 degrees or greater). Having some recline is good, as is getting a wrist rest for keyboard and mouse. Also making sure your screens are at proper eye level means you are looking slightly down at them so for me the bottom of the screen is about 20cm off the desk.

I ended up buying a £150 (usually £200) heavy duty office chair, try searching for "marathon 24 hour chair". I've been using it now for over 3 months and my back is significantly better than it has been for years.

[gravitar] rtra

Submitted at 21:59:31 on 15 september 2010

Go to the Herman Miller site and check out the amount of ergonomic research that is behind their designs.

 

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