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Setting Up a Home Office the Right Way

Whether you work from home fulltime or you just need an office where you can take care of household paperwork, bills and keep your records, setting it up the right way is important. Ergonomics are generally thought of as being a workplace consideration, but that’s far from the truth. Any office space should be set up ergonomically, and anyone using an office area will find that doing things the right way can protect them from serious harm. Here’s what you need to know before you start.

 

Plan Your Space Effectively

Whether you’re setting up a home office in a separate room or you’re making use of your living or sitting room area for an impromptu office, you need to plan the space effectively. Part of your considerations here should be to ensure that traffic can flow through effectively. Obviously, this is more important in an office that will share space with other uses, but even an office set up in its own room needs to maximize space.

 

Lighting Considerations

Light is a very important consideration for any office environment. Ideally, you’ll set up your office in an area with plenty of natural light. Set your desk so that sunlight comes in behind the computer monitor, though. Setting it up so that the monitor actually faces a window will force you to fight a glare, leading to eyestrain. If your office area doesn’t have any windows, make sure you invest in good lighting. Several lamps should be used to provide illumination even in an office where you’ll be primarily working with a computer (with a lighted monitor).

 

ESI - PIXIE Small Profile LED Task Lighting

ESI – PIXIE Small Profile LED Task Lighting

Seating

Avoid the temptation to buy a cheap office chair. While a good chair will set you back $100 or more, it’s important that you invest in a quality chair with an ergonomic design. Look for an office chair with good padding in the seat, adjustable armrests, adjustable seat height and good lumbar support. The chair should allow you to sit with your feet flat on the floor and your arms at the same level as the desk. If you cannot keep your feet flat on the floor, invest in a footrest or opt for a shorter desk (or a desk with an adjustable height work surface).

Ergocentric - 24 Hour Task Intensive Ergonomic Chair

ErgoCentric – 24 Hour Task Intensive Ergonomic Chair

 

Computer Setup

When setting up your computer workstation, it’s vital that you have the right amount of space and the right alignment. The monitor should be between 20 and 36 inches from your face, and it should be slightly below eye level when you’re seated in the chair. Your keyboard and mouse should be positioned just under your hand level (with a negative tilt), and if you’re using a keyboard drawer, it should be large enough for both the mouse and the keyboard.

These simple tips will help ensure that you’re able to set up a home office that keeps you comfortable and prevents serious injuries over time. As far as décor and style go, feel free to go nuts.

 

Sources:

http://interiordec.about.com/od/ergonomics/Ergonomics_for_Home_Offices.htm

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217409

 

How to Pick the Right Table For Your Home or Office

When the need for a new table for your home or office arises, it would seem like an easy enough task to pick one out. Although it may seem simple enough, with the large selection of tables available both in retail stores and online it can become overwhelming when trying to determine which will work best in your home or office setting. You want feel assured knowing that you will be completely happy with your purchase and that you will be able to get use out of the table for years to come. Before making the splurge on your new table, it is essential to do your research and decide which type of table will work best in your home or office set up. A good way to pick the right table for your home or office would be to take measurements, select your style, and establish a budget that you want to stick to.

Measuring

Telephone Table

If your home or office does not have a table already in it, it is very easy to overlook the exact size needed and then consequently purchasing something that is too big or too small for that particular space. You will want to get a tape measurer and find out the ideal length and width you will want your future table to be. This is especially important if the table will be in a confined space where there will be little room for error as far as measurements are concerned. The height is also another critical factor to look for. If you are looking for a coffee table that will be placed near your couches, you will not want something that is going to be too high or too low to the ground. If shopping online, most internet retailers will have the exact product dimensions located somewhere on the product page for your convenience.

Style

End Table

Style is another key component that will factor into your purchasing decision. You will want to choose a style that will not only complement your decorative taste but that will also complement your home’s overall style. Your style will most likely already be set by other furniture you already have acquired, which will make it easier for you to find exactly what look you are going for. Since most tables are constructed with wood, look for other furniture you already have in your home or office to make certain that your table will match. For example, if you have mahogany cabinetry or an office chair with a mahogany frame finish, then you would want to find a mahogany table to correspond with your other furniture. If your home or office has a modern aura to it, try finding a table that will stick out and add to your contemporary theme.

Budget

Nesting Table

When choosing a budget that you are willing to spend on a new table keep in mind a few things including the quality and design you are looking for. If you set your budget too low, you may find yourself with a table constructed of cheap and flimsy materials or with wood laminate that will begin to peel after a few weeks. There is also the opposite end of the spectrum where if you set your budget to high you may find yourself paying more money than necessary for an overpriced table. A safe assumption to make is if you see a table with a price that looks too good to be true it probably is and will not be a worthwhile investment. If testing out in retail stores, look to ensure that the table looks sturdy and solid and ask how much weight it can support. If shopping online and having concerns, contact a customer service representative to get their opinion. They will more than likely be honest with you, as they will have to have to attend to an unhappy customer and a grueling return process if you are unsatisfied with the purchase.

Once you have sorted out the measurements, style, and price you are looking to spend on your new table, the path towards finding the right table for your home or office should be much easier. Keep your needs in mind and automatically rule out any tables that do not meet your needs. If you do not initially love what you see, you will most likely not love what you have once it is purchased and sitting inside your home or office. A functional table adds function the room. It should be easy to reach from the main pieces of furniture and should leave enough space for walking around and moving. Keeping the aforementioned advice in mind, you should be on your way towards finding your perfect table.

Home Office Ergonomics

You already have an ergonomic set up at your work office where you spend the majority of your time, so do you really need to have your home office ergonomically equipped too? Most would probably speculate no, especially for those that spend little time in their home office except for the occasional few hours after work or on the weekend. Outfitting your home office with proper ergonomic equipment is just as important as your work set up at your job, particularly for those who work from home. When you are at work, you may have little say in regards to which office chair you get to use and what office furniture gets purchased. However, at your house, you are the boss of your office furniture, and therefor get the freedom to determine exactly what you want and need in your home office. With this freedom, you can ultimately decide what you want and need in order to make working at home a pleasant and pain-free experience.

  1. Ergonomic Office Chair

    The Office Chair – Perhaps the most critical piece of office furniture in any work environment is an office chair; the most used piece of furniture that can greatly contribute to your overall comfort. If you only use your home office chair for a few hours a day, you will want to make sure that your chair is comfortable and has at least a little bit of adjustability. Ideally you will want a chair that has seat height adjustment, reclining capabilities(typically known as tilt lock and tilt control), and some level of lumbar support for your lower back. If you work from home or use your home office chair for more than a few hours a day, you will want an ergonomic office chair that is fully adjustable to meet your body’s needs and keep you sitting pain-free.

  2. Keyboard Tray

    The Keyboard – Ever experience aches and pains in your wrists or forearms while typing? This is the result of a poorly positioned keyboard and can lead to serious health injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome if not addressed. Your computer’s keyboard should not be placed on top of your desk as this will cause strain to your wrists. It is best to have a keyboard tray installed underneath your desk as this allows for the most natural typing position with your shoulders rested and arms in a comfortable position. A keyboard tray is a beneficial ergonomic accessory useful in any office environment where hours of typing at a desk is required, whether you are at work or at home.

  3. Monitor Arm

    The Computer Monitor - Your computer monitor should be properly adjusted so that the top of the monitor is at eye level or slightly below. You should not have to look up at the monitor because this will put strain on your neck and upper back. An easy way to properly position your computer monitor with minimal effort is with a monitor arm which allows for quick and easy adjustment. Most monitor arms are designed to fit any monitor of any size and come with an easy to install clamp or mount that does not cause any damage to your desk. If you use a laptop in your home office, consider purchasing a laptop dock to avoid neck pain from tilting your head down to read your computer screen.

  4. Footrest

    The Footrest –  A footrest is a necessary addition for any office where your feet can not be firmly placed on the floor when sitting in your office chair. This may be the case if your desk height is higher than normal or if you are a shorter individual whose chair can not be adjusted low enough. A footrest is also a nice office accessory to have if you want to rest your feet or have something to prop them up on when reclining in your chair. While you may not find a footrest in every office you enter, it is a nice addition to have if you need a break from keeping your feet flat on the floor, especially if you have a movable footrest that encourages movement of the legs to help avoid cramping or stiffness.

  5. Pixie Task Light

    Task Light – More often than not, the lights in our houses are not adequate for reading especially for long periods of time. Bad lighting can cause eye strain and an uncomfortable work atmosphere. Just as you would have a reading light for your books, a task light is a great office accessory to invest in when working at home. Your task light should be placed on your desk close to your computer monitor so that you have proper lighting when looking at your computer screen. Task lights are a relatively inexpensive investment and are an important accessory to have in home offices where the lighting usually is not as adequate as it should be.

Setting up an ergonomic home office requires minimal effort and time, however it can sometimes be more of an investment than one would hope for. The benefits you will receive from having an ergonomic home office will greatly outweigh the costs by saving you from unnecessary medical ailments that can occur from purchasing cheap office furniture or trying to cut corners in order to save money. Your overall health can be affected from having an improper work set up and can lead to serious medical issues down the road. Your home is where you feel most comfortably so your home office should not be any different.

To view Sitbetter’s comprehensive site of ergonomic office chairs and ergonomic office accessories please click here.

WondaWedge Lounge Pillow Review

The WondaWedge is a wedge pillow with a creative twist, constructed for use in a variety of settings with its innovative and original design. With its ultra light weight design (weighing in at 1.3 pounds) and small blueprint, the WondaWedge can be easily transported wherever it is needed.

The WondaWedge is ideal for use at home when watching television, at the beach while soaking up the sun, on your bed while reading a book, as a support wedge, or to prop yourself up. Inflate the wedge to your desired level of support, whether you’d like a firm back support or have it a little deflated for a softer support. The WondaWedge can also be easily deflated for ease of transport while traveling and is upholstered in high-quality sueded vinyl material that is both waterproof and comfortable in heat. This wedge also has an attached mat for outdoor usage, to keep you protected and clean. With a fun wedge, comes fun bright colors including yellow, orange, lime green, hot pink, bright blue, and grey.

What we thought:

Creative and value oriented. When I first received my WondaWedge it was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be, a great little wedge support that is perfect for use on vacations or even for use at home when you want to lounge around and watch TV or catch up on a good book. The mat that comes attached to the wedge is perfect for when I take the wedge to the beach as it acts as both a towel and a back support. The wedge is also a very value oriented product priced at just $29 including free shipping. Considering the different capacities it can be used in and how often you might find yourself using this product, this is quite the steal!

The Bad:

There are two drawbacks I have found with the WondaWedge which are minimal compared to the benefits yet still should be taken into account. When you first receive your wedge you will need to inflate it and if you choose to do this manually as I did, it can be very time consuming as it takes quite a bit of air if you want it to be fully inflated. Any sort of pump would be a much better solution and it is recommended to use a foot pump or an electric pump. I have also found that when the wedge is not in use it takes up a lot of space, unless you want to deflate it for easier storage but then you will have to go through the trouble of inflating it again.

The Good:

While storage and inflating/deflating might be an issue, the WondaWedge overall would be a great addition to any household. It can be used in a variety of ways and is a perfect lounging solution for both indoor and outdoor use with its quality construction. For indoor use it can be used for recuperation (just home from the hospital), chronic illness (for those that spend a lot of time in bed), reading, relaxing on the floor (multi position support for a myriad of activities), lower back support, sleep aid (acid reflux, respiratory problems), and pregnancy (sleep aid, breast feeding). For outdoor use it can be used as a beach lounger, fishing back support, as a camping longer, RV accessory, outdoor concert seating, picnic seating, soccer sideline seating, outdoor plays/movies, stargazing, or as a poolside lounger. It is also a recommended choice by chiropractors as a backrest solution for home use when back support is necessary.

Grade:

4/5 Chairs

Overall, this wedge is a worthwhile investment, with the number of ways and the different capacities the WondaWedge can be used in; it would be beneficial for anyone to own one. The WondaWedge is suitable for people of all ages ranging from children who need back support while lying down watching TV, to teenagers who want to have a fun addition in their rooms, to adults who spend a lot of time outdoors, to the elderly that want that extra support they can’t achieve from lying on pillows alone while on their bed.

To purchase your own WondaWedge click here!

The Wondawedge has even made a national television debut Friday, November 19! Featured in Buzz From Bobbie during the Kathie Lee and Hoda segment of the Today Show, the Wondawedge was mentioned as a “must have” travel accessory and tropical vacation item.

Top 10 Home Office Chairs

Whether you are sitting in an office chair while you are at work or you are sitting in an office chair when you are in your home office, you will want a different office chair for both different settings. When you are at work, typically you will be

sitting down for a longer period of time, which means your chair must be ergonomically correct. You want to make sure you going to be able to work for long durations of time without feeling any pain or discomfort. You also want to be comfortable while getting the support you need at the same time.

If you are looking for an office chair for your home office, you still want your chair to be ergonomically correct but you also are probably going to search for a chair that is going to be really comfortable to sit on after coming home from a long day of work or when you are surfing the web over the weekend. For all those that are looking for a good quality chair for their home office, you have come to the right spot. We will be going over the Top 10 Chairs for your home office, whether you are the stay at home mom or a working executive, we have chairs to suit everyone!

10. Boss Mid Back Office Desk Chair with Spring Tilt

BOSS’ (B8386-KS) is beautifully upholstered with microfiber, passive ergonomic seating with built in lumbar support, hardwood arms accented with upholstered pads, hardwood caps, on 27-inch steel leg base, for greater stability, hooded double wheel casters, large 27-inch nylon base for greater stability, upright locking position, pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, and adjustable tilt tension control. Available in two elegant wood finishes: Medium Oak and Dark Oak. 18-Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight Capacity: 250lbs.

This chair is perfect to come home to after a long days work and relax in while surfing the web. And for only $106 the price can’t be beat!

9. Eurotech Ergohuman – Ergonomic Mesh Back Chair

The future is Ergohuman- designed and made with the total comfort of human-kind in mind. Aesthetics, form and function allow this series to utilize a synchro tilt mechanism with infinite lock, sliding seat, pneumatic height adjustment, headrest option all in one very unique chair.

This personally is one of my favorite chairs we sell on our website and comes in a nice leather material as well if you wanted to opt for that rather than the mesh material. A little more expensive in price at $579 but this chair will give you complete comfort and satisfaction, I guarantee it! This chair is really comfortable and having sat in both this chair and the Herman Miller Aeron, I can honestly say that I like the Ergohuman better and it is less expensive in price!

8. Boss Diamond Office Task Chair

BOSS’ B9091 Diamond Office Task Chair’s contoured back and seat provides support and helps relieve back strain. Comes complete with extra large seat and back cushions, pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, a no arms option is available. Also comes with a Six-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight Capacity: 250 lbs., Available in 4 standard fabric colors: Black, Blue, Burgundy, and Grey. Ships ready to assemble.

This Chair is perfect for those who want a good functional chair to sit in for 4-5 hours a day that is going to give you back support at an unbelievable price! You can own this chair for just $90 which includes free shipping and no tax(unless you live in the state of California).

7. Allseating Inertia- High-back Mesh Chair

Allseating’s Inertia (78140) is a stylish chair that is both comfortable and affordable. Part of the Inertia family of seating, Inertia Mesh High Back Executive Task Chair fits in with practically any office environment – not to mention any budget.

Available in Executive, Conference, Task, Side and a Stool option, with a lightweight and breathable woven mesh, Inertia Mesh provides support and comfort whether you’re sitting straight or leaning back.

I’ve sat in this chair before and I love it! It is definitely well worth the price and it looks really stylish in any setting. You can also customize Allseating Inertia chairs to correspond to your existing color scheme you have going on at your house already. Only $289!

6. Posture Perfect Evolution Exercise Ball Chair

The original revolutionary, Evolution Exercise Ball Chair by Posture Perfect promotes a balanced posture – a vital role in your overall health!

Good posture and core strength are the best insurance against back injury – the Evolution Exercise Ball Chair embodies those principles. While use of the Evolution Ball Chair began with dentists, the benefits are obvious for anyone looking for core improvement. Either by simply sitting correctly, or by taking time to do simple exercises throughout the day, the Evolution Ball Chair has helped lower pain sufferers in all offices!

If you sit in a regular office chair all day, the Evolution Ball Chair is a great alternative to an office chair to sit on when you come home to work in your home office. And make your core stronger at the same time! Low in price at only $139!

5. Ergocentric Saffron Petite Office Chair

The Saffron I Dedicated Task Chair is a great chair for a petite or smaller user that needs ergonomic comfort and support. The chair is high quality, has a small curved backrest with built in lumbar support, an a comfortable padded seat available in 3 sizes. Perfect for the smaller users out there! Starts at only $229

Included Features:

Fully Upholstered Dual Curve Backrest
Dual Density Molded Polyurethane Foam
Small Seat Pan: 18.5″W x 17″D
Back height Adjustment
Seat Angle Adjustment
Back Angle Adjustment & much more!

4. Boss- Big and Tall Bariatric Executive Office Chair

BOSS’ B990 – Big and Tall executive office chair has a 2 paddle spring tilt mechanism which can be locked in any position, 5-inch thick padded seat for comfort. Great chair for bigger or taller users who need a unique chair to fit them. Weight rated up to 300 lbs. And offered at a great price as far as big and tall chairs are concerned at only $219!

Contoured cushions to improve posture with built-in lumbar support, Pneumatic seat height adjustment with adjustable tilt tension and tilt-lock. Sturdy steel frame with padded armrests, 27-inch brushed metal five star base.

Available in commercial grade black microfabric with silver frame, 3-inch heavy duty dual wheel casters. Six-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

3. Eurostyle Otto- Low back Modern Chair

Combining value with the stylish iconic look made popular by Eames – the Otto by Eurostyle represents a return of the modern retro. People absolutely love this chair because of its modern style and it looks great virtually anywhere you put it!

Chromed steel frame with leatheratte seat and back available in 4 modern colors: Black, White, Dark Brown, or the earthy Terracotta. Combining these with the chromed aluminum armrests and polished aluminum base, along with staple features such as a knee tilt mechanism with swivel, locking and height adjustment, make the Otto Low Back a great modern seating choice!

For $219 you can’t go wrong with this chair!

2. Wooden Bankers Chair

The OST-108 by Office Star is is a solid and sturdy traditional wooden banker’s chair that will look great in a number of different settings. Modeled after the traditional wooden banker’s chairs of the 1930s, this chair is one of the most popular chairs on site. It has a wooden seat padded with 1″ vinyl covering for added comfort.

This chair is smaller, so you’ll like it in areas where you don’t want a big chair or you’re not really going to be sitting for longer periods of times.

This chair will add a touch of style and class to your home and look great! Available for only $145 today!

1. Emc2 Advantage

The Advantage Series Ergonomic Mesh Chair provides complete ergonomics with 4 way adjustable lumbar and padded, 4 way adjustable adjustable arms, breathable Mesh; 2:1 syncro tilt knee tilt infinite locking mechanism, satin nickel base with footguards and smooth roll casters. Available in blue violet and gray, the Advantage Series is great all around home office chair.

Comfortable enough to sit in for up to 8 hours a day at a low price of just $189! The A11 was one of most popular chairs sold in the last year and it is no wonder why!