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How to Make Your Home Office Chair More Comfortable

Tuesday, 14 April 2020  |  Paul

Plenty of us are now working from home, and there are many that don't have the luxury of an office chair to use. Office chairs tend to be padded, which can reduce discomfort and improve posture. This is important if you spend a lot of time sitting down, as sitting on an uncomfortable chair can lead to a bad back, bad posture and long-lasting pain.

Sitting on an uncomfortable chair can lead to a bad back
Sitting on an uncomfortable chair can lead to a bad back

Why Your Chair Matters

If you do spend a lot of time sat down, an uncomfortable chair can quite quickly lead to health problems. These can be quite significant too, so it's important to take steps to improve the comfort of your chair. Problems from a bad chair can include:

  • A Bad Back: The main reason is a bad back. An hard chair can lead to lumbar and sacroiliac pain. It can also cause minor pressure sores, so it's crucial to reduce the pressure that your body is facing while sat down.
  • Poor Circulation: The second reason is poorer blood circulation. When you're sat down on a hard surface, your blood will struggle to get past the chair. This can lead to your legs and back having a poorer level of circulation.
  • Fatigue: Not sitting right means that your muscles have to work harder to stay comfortable and improve your circulation. This can increase fatigue at the end of your working day.
  • Bad Posture: Sitting incorrectly because of your chair can lead to bad posture. This will go on to cause lower back and shoulder pain as well as problems later in life.
  • Weight Gain: Sitting idle will naturally lead to weight gain. However, sitting still on an uncomfortable chair can lead to increased weight gain because your inactive cells respond poorly to glucose.

What Can I Use to Improve My Home Office Chair?

You can use a range of items to improve your home office chair. This can include posture correctors, pressure relief pillows, ring cushions, wedges and more. For our top 5 comfort increasing chair products, please see the list below.

Best Lumbar Roll for Lower Back Support

The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll

The Original McKenzie Lumbar RollThe first product on our minds when it comes to an uncomfortable chair, is The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll. The roll can be connected to almost any chair, where it will provide outstanding support to your lumbar region, reducing discomfort, improving circulation and making your posture better. It pushes your spine into a natural bend, leading to increased comfort and decreased pain.

Best Posture Brace for Improving Posture

Posture Medic Standard Strength Posture Brace

Posture Medic Standard Strength Posture BraceThe Posture Medic Standard Strength Posture Brace isn't the first product that comes to mind when you think of an uncomfortable chair. But this product has the ability to improve bad posture while you're sitting down, which when combined with a comfortable cushion can lead to a far better posture.The brace will prevent you from becoming hunched over at your desk, keeping your shoulders and upper back in an elevated, healthy position.

Best Pressure Cushion for Comfort

Putnams Coccyx Sero Pressure Relief Cushion

Putnams Coccyx Sero Pressure Relief CushionThe primary aim of a pressure relief cushion is to prevent pressure sores from developing. One of our best selling low-risk pressure relief cushions is the Putnams Coccyx Sero Pressure Relief Cushion, which is perfect for anyone feeling complete discomfort while sat on their office chair. The cushion allows for outstanding circulation, providing comfort even on the most uncomfortable chair.

Best Ring Cushion for Hemorrhoids 

Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion

Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring CushionIf you're pregnant, recently recovering from surgery, have piles or haemorrhoids, then the Harley Designer Memory Foam Ring Cushion is your ideal poor-chair solution. It is designed with a ring in the middle, taking away any discomfort and pressure that your chair is the cause of. The cushion is highly popular among workers who spend a lot of time sat down, providing superb comfort during extended use.

Best Chair Wedge for Comfort and Posture

Sissel Sit Standard Chair Wedge

Sissel Sit Standard Chair WedgePreventing slouching can be quite difficult while you're sat for extended periods, which is why the Sissel Sit Standard Chair Wedge is a top choice improving posture sat down. The wedge has been designed to reduce pressure on the spinal column and intervertebral discs, providing excellent comfort and correct posture. The wedge is perfect for fitting onto your office chair, ideal for an extended day of work.

Best Pad for Active Body Sitting

Sissel Sitfit Plus Sitting Aid and Balance Pad

Sissel Sit Standard Chair WedgeThe Sissel Sitfit Plus Sitting Aid and Balance Pad enables active body sitting, something that can enhance posture, improve overall health and allow for a variety of muscle and balance exercises. The pad is the perfect pad for sitting on your desk chair at home, while also helping to prevent anyone with lower back pain, lumbar pain and sciatica pain. Finally, the ergonomic design will provide excellent thigh support too, encouraging comfort during a long day working from home. 

Make Home Office Life More Comfortable

You don't have to sit in discomfort while you're working from home. By making a couple small changes, you can improve posture, reduce back pain and prevent any long-lasting injuries in your back. For more supports, please see our Back Support Cushions and Back Rests category.

What steps have you taken to improve your home office life? Let us know in the comments below or via our Facebook or Twitter!

Tags: Aids for Daily Living, Back Pain, Comfort, General Health