Buying Your Ideal Office Chair

Now that you have your home office set up you are ready to begin working away right? Wrong! Before you get to work, take a look at what you are sitting on. It can be very tempting to drag any old chair into your home office when you are just getting started. Money is tight, and you probably don’t have a big budget to work with, so you might be tempted to grab that old folding chair out of the basement and get to work.

Never, ever just use any old chair to work from.

Even if money is tight, this is one area in your home office where you should spend a little extra money. The office chair that you sit on is very important to your overall success. How could a chair be responsible for your work success you might ask? Well, if you have to be sitting for long periods of time, you are going to want to be comfortable, or you will think of every excuse in the book to not get down to work.

Or the chair you’re sitting on will be so uncomfortable that you simply can’t concentrate on your work for more than a few minutes at a time.

So when you are looking for an office chair for your work space, pay close attention to the design of the chair and your own individual needs. How high is your desk?

Be sure you find a chair that is height adjustable. Why?

Because if you find a great chair that is too high, you will not be able to comfortably sit at your desk and work. Likewise, if your chair is too low, you will be putting a lot of strain on your back, neck and arms reaching up to work.

Lumbar support is very important in an office chair, particularly if you have any type of lower back problem.

The lumbar support will keep you sitting straight and protect the lower part of your back from undue strain. Without proper lumbar support, you will be likely to slouch which can cause long term back problems. Because everyone is a different height it is important to test out the chair to be sure that the lumbar support fits in the small of your back. If it’s possible, or more than one person will be sitting in your chair, find an office chair that has adjustable lumbar support.

A good office chair can cost you a lot of money and since you will likely have a low budget for starting up your home office pay attention to sales and discounts. You may be able to find a good quality used office chair at an auction or when a business is being liquidated. Just be sure to inspect the chair carefully if you are purchasing it second-hand. Tears in the fabric on a used chair aren’t a major issue but any problems with support for your legs, arms or back is.

Remember, an investment in a good quality office chair is a long term investment in your business as well as your health. It’s not something you want to take for granted or cut corners on.