Are you sitting comfortably?
Your comfort and health should be high priority when it comes to creating your home office. Ergonomic home office furniture will help you enjoy your new space that much more, improving productivity, while simultaneously protecting your health.
So what does this mean? Our desks and work chairs have been designed with adjustability and ergonomics at their core. Whether it be a fully adjustable chair and table that can be configured to your exacting personal requirements, or a chair that actively adjusts as you sit, providing maximum comfort and support. Your home office furniture must be at the right height to encourage the correct posture, and keep your body in proper alignment.
All of our products let you work to your full potential without the distraction of discomfort.
"No matter how many manual adjustments a chair provides, and no matter how great a dimensional range these adjustments achieve, the chair will only fit if the user has the necessary knowledge and if they make the effort to set it up correctly."
Head of ergonomics at The Furniture Industry Research Association
The outbreak of Covid-19 has undeniably changed our ways of working for employers and employees across the globe. Business communities are certainly proving their resilience, but will this have a lasting impact on the workplace of the future? What will normal be?
It’s clear that home working is here to stay, with research from Global Workplace Analytics stating 30% of people will continue to work from home several days a week post pandemic. We need to quickly adjust to our new normal and recognise our new workspace is equally important to be set up correctly. Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean the ergonomics of space should be promised, because our health and wellbeing is more important now than ever.
Our 38 years experience in the workplace has taught us a thing or two, the following is a simple guide to sitting comfortably at home.
Six Posture Types
Through our research we identified six posture types, adopted without exception by all of the users we observed.
Sitting with a straight back, without any contact with the backrest of the chair.
Sitting in a hunched posture, without any contact with the backrest of the chair.
Sitting in a hunched posture, with contact through the lower part of the backrest of the chair.
Sitting in a slumped posture, with contact above the lumbar area of the backrest of the chair.
Sitting with a straight back, with full contact with the backrest of the chair.
Sitting in a reclined position, with full contact with the backrest of the chair.
79% sit in postures that are considered to have a high probability of developing musculoskeletal disorders.
90% of people are not using their chairs in the manner advised.
Our Ergonomic Aims
When the time lost to businesses each year through musculoskeletal aches and pains is analysed, the most frequent complaints concern back, neck and shoulder injuries. Therefore, our focus is on the use of the backrest and armrests of the chair, as these are two critical elements determining positive wellbeing.
The relationship with the backrest of their chair dictates the posture that the user adopts. If the backrest of the chair is not being used correctly it presents a far higher risk of the user developing musculoskeletal issues, compared to poor use of the seat.
In addition, working with arm support is particularly important in avoiding shoulder and neck issues, often caused by the long term strain of supporting the weight of your arms throughout the working day. Armrests are designed to support that weight and therefore reduce fatigue in the shoulders. If they are too low, there is often a tendency to slouch or lean in order to reach them, causing fatigue and discomfort in the short-term. If the armrests are too high, users are likely to shrug their shoulders, causing discomfort in the neck and shoulder muscles. This contributes to headaches, migraines and a drop in concentration, but can also lead to more serious musculoskeletal disorders if adopted over the long term.