Office Chairs: Is Yours Causing Back Pain?

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On average, how much time do you spend at your desk? For many, it’s somewhere between 40 to 50 hours a week or 7 to 8 hours a day. Now out of those hours, how many do you spend sitting? Even if it’s somewhere around three or five hours, the combined amount of time spent sitting on an uncomfortable chair can hurt your body, specifically your back and lead to other longer-term complications.

Now before we put all of the blame on your chair, let’s access your own habits when it comes to your posture.

How do you sit at work?

When you sit at work, you want to feel comfortable and supported. It’s easy to lean back into a chair and slouch and immediately think yes, this feels good! While it may feel good for a couple of minutes, you’ll eventually find that your neck will begin to ache and your shoulders might also feel a bit tense. And your arms, they might struggle to reach the keyboard. Here’s how your body should be while sitting on a chair:

  1. Your eyes should be leveled with your computer monitor and approximately 18 to 24 inches away from your eyes.
  2. Your back should be supported by the natural curvature of the backrest.
  3. Your arms should create a 90-degree angle with your wrists resting on a pad or the top of the desk.
  4. Your buttocks should be fully situated on the chair as far back as possible so that your back is touching the back support of the chair.  
  5. Your feet should be flat on the floor or resting comfortably on a footrest.

In general, you want to make sure that things feel right for your body. Even the best chair can cause pain if we’re not using it correctly.

Office Chairs to Consider

Like we mentioned earlier, even if you’re only at your desk for a couple of hours, you need a chair that will give you ultimate comfort and ultimate support. We recommend one that is padded with memory foam—yes, memory foam—like the material inside beds. It will feel good on your back and your behind. Additionally, you want a chair with armrests. Even if you’re not resting your arms on them because let’s face it, you’re typing all day, you’ll feel more supported.

Here are other things to look for:

  • Find a backrest that curves to the natural shape of your back.
  • Adjust the seat so that your legs are touching the floor.
  • Make sure the cushion isn’t too stiff or too soft but is firm and supports you.
  • If your back pain persists, consider the care of a chiropractor as there could be other underlying issues.     

Find Yours at Indoff Commercial Interiors

Ready to swap out your current chair for a much more comfortable one? At Indoff Commercial Interiors, we’ll help you find office chairs that suit your needs and the those of your team. We’re committed to ensuring your office has chairs that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.

Connect with us today to learn more!

The Office Life: What Do Office Desks Say About You?

Indoff Commercial Interiors believes that office furniture speaks volumes about your business or company. We might not realize it, but the spaces we inhabit have an affect on productivity, mood, and how we feel about work. With Indoff, get comfortable and functional office desks that fit every work style.

If you’re like many hard working Americans, you have at some point stopped and looked around the surrounding office desks and wondered: How did it get like this? You see empty coke cans, half-filled coffee mugs, Post-it notes scattered like confetti, pens, files out of order, and maybe even a half eaten sandwich from the day before. Perhaps you are completely the opposite: your pens are neatly placed on one side, Post-its on the other, and files stacked in a  perfect perpendicular line against your origami tree. Your office desk can say important things about your personality and how you approach your work.

There are a few different categories that might describe your office desk and beyond. Perhaps you are a little bit of each. So what does your desk say about you?

The Spartan: This is for the minimalist warrior in you. A person that sticks to the basics, doesn’t fall for the unnecessarily ornate and doesn’t keep more than they need. They survive with little and can make it go a long way. This means your desk doesn’t pile up, get cluttered, or accumulate extra accessories or junk. You might encounter: a lot of free desk space, pens in place, folders organized and color coded.

The Collector:  It’s hard for you to let go. You consider that you might need that one Post-it note even though it’s been a week since that one meeting. The collector also takes a few days to clear out old messages, packages, or lunch remnants. You might encounter: big paper stacks, unorganized files, scattered pens, and random trinkets or papers.

The Information Geek: You are meticulous with information and you like to document everything to maintain order. A physical reminder is important for you and so your office desk is a kind of organized chaos, but what you exhibit has a distinct purpose. You might encounter: marked calendars, reminders, family photographs, reference books, maps, and/or project specific notes.

The Yogi: This office desk tends to be soothing to look at. This is for the person that is the best to handle stress, doesn’t panic, and usually calms everyone down when you’re close to deadline on a major project. They might do Yoga or meditation on their lunch hour. You might encounter: soothing plants, pleasant colors, a Buddha statue, and an organized surface with an added element of inspirational posters or items.

Be the Best with Indoff Office Desks

Regardless of what type of personality might describe you, the quality of the office desks will set the stage. High quality and well-designed furniture provides the comfort and professionalism needed to keep order and encourage productivity. Set the stage with Indoff Commercial Interiors and get started on your way to success.