Dining room chair or office chair?

Now that many of us are working from home we have had to adapt our working space to fit in with our home environment.

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The largest number of comments we have received during lockdown are from people saying their backs ache. Logically why wouldn’t they? If a dining room chair was ergonomically sound for the office environment, why wouldn’t they be in everyone’s offices?

Unless we are having a gargantuan Henry V111 type feast, most of us would not sit on a dining room chair for more than 2-3 hours, whereas our office chairs are designed to allow us to sit for longer. An office chair is a feast of moveable ergonomic parts.

Posture, posture, posture:

Why does how we sit and what we sit on matter?

We are all different shapes and sizes and we were made to move not to sit.

What to do:
Under normal circumstances the chair needs to fit you, instead of you having to fit the chair. We can compare a chair to a bed in this instance – as we use both for about 8 hours a day. Most people will invest in a good bed to get a good night’s sleep and so they should invest in the correct chair to feel as good at the end of the day as they did at the start.

Our advice:
We appreciate that not everyone has a home that can facilitate the same work area that their office does. However, the consequences of sitting on a dining room chair for a prolonged period of time during lockdown, will inevitably have long standing and far reaching effects on not only the back but also, circulation, muscles, hips and neck – in fact bad posture affects the whole body. A comfy chair not only protects the body posture, but it also has been proven to increase productivity and job satisfaction.

Invest in your body and stop sitting on your dining room chair.

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