Many of us spend eight plus hours per day in our work space. After a long stint at the keyboard or drafting table, sitting can start to take a toll on the body. It isn’t uncommon to experience aches and pains in spots like your back, shoulders and neck. Although it may be necessary to spend a lot of time sitting at your job, there are ways to make your personal space more comfortable.
Here are several products that can make the long work days a little easier on you, physically and mentally.
One thing that can certainly be disturbing—and even unhealthy at times—is air quality indoors. Especially in a place of employment where there might be tens or even hundreds of people, the air can begin to get stale.
This is why it’s a good idea to get an air purifier. These things can filter out a lot of allergens, smoke, viruses and even some chemicals in the air that may result from paint or building materials. They quietly and efficiently clean the area around where you work so that you can be sure you’re getting clean oxygen, no matter how big or small your working area is.
Sometimes comfort has more to do with mental health than your physical well-being, or it can be just as important, anyhow. Think about how you feel when the spot where you toil is filled with clutter and disorganization; it can certainly make you feel chaotic inside, as well.
Organizing carts are the perfect solution. They often contain two or three shelves that let you corral wayward items and give belongings a designated spot. Many of these commodities are height adjustable and have rolling castors in case you want to use them elsewhere for a presentation. Surge protectors are included a lot of the time, and you can typically store at least 75 pounds worth of objects atop the sturdy steel construction.
There is nothing more annoying than having your chair constantly get stuck on the carpet and other items while you are trying to work. Especially when you have a rolling seat, things can get in the way, making it hard for you to seamlessly move between work areas without interruption.
A chair mat can really help with this, and it may also add some pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum space. Bamboo mats, for instance, are smooth, non-slip and can be had in natural and dark cherry finishes. They are also eco-friendly because they are responsibly harvested, and they are made from a species of bamboo that is not included in the panda bear’s diet.
Physical comfort has a lot to do with ergonomics. If your body isn’t aligned properly or if you aren’t able to switch positions frequently it inevitably leads to aches and pains. Having a good footrest in your cubicle can assist with this. These items can have wheels on them so you can take them wherever the day leads. The nicer ones can also contain foam and mesh to cradle your feet and ankles at a cozy height.
Step stools don’t just have to do with comfort; they also relate to safety. If you work in a place with higher ceilings, chances are that you may need to retrieve something from aloft on occasion. Having a quality stool will allow you to safely reach items that are high up. Some can even support up to 500 pounds and are non-slip, so you can be sure that they’re durable.
Check out SitBetter.com to find practical office accessories to keep you sitting comfortably at your workstation.
When purchasing any kind of computer, most people would generally only be concerned about having a monitor and some sort of stand for their monitor. As long as you have the computer, monitor, and stand you should be good to go, right? What people sometimes do not even think to consider is that a monitor arm can be extremely beneficial to add to your new or existing computer setup. Many might speculate how much added advantage there is in purchasing a computer monitor arm which is why we can take a look at some of the benefits to help you decide if it is worth the investment.
Perhaps the most vital reason to have a computer monitor arm is the importance of working in an ergonomic environment. By working in an ergonomic environment every piece of equipment used, whether it be your office chair or in this case the monitor which you use, is tailored to be adjustable to fit the unique individual’s body. Monitor arms are specifically designed to easily adjust the height of your computer screen and can be brought closer or farther away from your face to find the optimum reading position. A good rule of thumb to correctly position your monitor is to make sure that the top of the viewable area of your display should be approximately at eye level, or in a position that is comfortable for you and does not cause you to strain your eyes in order to read what is on the screen. Ergonomic experts say that an arms length away is a good indication to a correct viewing distance, but this may vary from user to user. This type of movement and flexibility is impossible to achieve without the use of a monitor arm.
Another added benefit of monitor arms, is that they can be used by virtually anyone with any kind of computer. First and foremost, those with a desktop computer will always need to have purchased a monitor to begin with. But even lap
top users, like myself, can benefit from a monitor arm as well. A few months ago I found myself straining my eyes to read the tiny print on my 13” laptop monitor and knew I needed to find a solution before I compromised my vision. With the purchase of a large monitor and a monitor arm, I could easily attach the monitor through a port in my computer to make viewing text much less strenuous on my eyes. Increasingly workstations are shared between more than one user, especially for jobs that stay open all day with multiple shifts. If you share your station at work with another colleague, with a few simple movements the monitor can be easily adjusted to the height and depth suitable for that individual
Monitor arms are especially advantageous when trying to make room or save space on a desk. Most stands provided by manufacturers consume a lot of room on a desk, whereas an ergonomically designed monitor arm will typically clamp to the back of a desk or be attached directly to a slat-wall leaving the desk space completely clear. An office space or work place will look much less cluttered, more stylish, and more organized with the addition of a computer monitor arm. Some even come in stylish designer colors, such as white and silver, to further enhance the modern design.
In the long run, the monitor arm will not only add style and design to any work space, but it may also reduce work related injuries such as repetitive strain injury and chronic back pain if used ergonomically correct. Monitor arms are also built to withstand the test of time; generally if monitor arms are used 5 days a week for 8 hours a day you can expect it to last at the very least 5 years. While the move to a monitor arm may seem like a risk, the benefits vastly outweigh any disadvantages.
Feel like Christmas and the holidays always seem to sneak up on you at the last minute? One minute you are enjoying the summer sunshine and the next it seems to fast forward to Christmas. Instead of worrying about the hassle of making your way through the crowded aisles of the mall or camping out on the street before the big sale, Sitbetter has created our very own holiday gift guide for the 2009 season. The best part of all is you can get all your shopping done while sitting on your computer in your pajamas! So take a look at some of our top picks for our holiday gifts under $200.
The Kore™ Stool allows the user to flex side to side and front to back – with its patented anti-tip system and gently rounded ergonomic base, the stool allows you to move and flex without falling or leaving your seat.
The Kore™ Stool is great for exercising your legs, back, and abdominal muscles, while also relieving and preventing soreness and stiffness!
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!
Contoured lumbar supports have all the benefits of the regular lumbar supports, with a contour shape to hug the back. All the lumbar supports include an adjustable strap for easy attachment to user’s chair or car seat.
The Jobri A6005 Premium Molded Foam Lumbar Support is one of Jobri’s most popular lumbar support with contoured molded polyurethane foam. Strap allows unit to be secured around any chair or car seat.
Price: Starting at $28-$119
The (VL441) high back executive office chair comes with contoured arms, tailored padded back designed for lumbar support, seat height adjustablility, tilt tension and lock control, and a sturdy black frame.
The chair is also quick and easy to assemble. Plus a 5 year warranty. You also have a choice between four different color options to customize the chair for your liking.
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.
Chair offers great lumbar support that is very adjustable and firm. The S contour shaped back pushes on your lumbar providing you with back support.
Available in blue and burgundy, the Advantage Series is great all around office chair. Get the comfort advantage with the Advantage Series!
The C15 is the perfect mesh back tasking or conference chair – with features like the 2:1 Mid tilt infinite locking mechanism, an aluminum accented back and arms, breathable Mesh back and adjustable lumbar support, on top of the chrome alloy base and height adjustable arms.
A comfortable chair for any purpose, that brings you the stylish freshness of mesh and a modern feel with value!
Available in four different colors: red, black, gray, and blue.
Great chair for a great price!
Sleek and Stylish Personal task lights are an important part of any workstation. Whether they are for use on the desk-top or under the cabinet, proper lighting is a must for any workstation user.
See work in a whole new light. This task light is energy efficient and most importantly, allow the user to see full spectrum color.
The ESI ACPD01 Pencil Drawer provides ample storage space under the desk. The duarble 16″ ball bearing glides allow the 2″ slim molded tray to slide under the desktop and out of site. The “L” brackets make installation simple and easy.
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co.’s® “Natural” and “Dark Cherry” Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats meld beauty, style and function to create an alternative to the bland, utilitarian vinyl chair mat. There is no product like this in the marketplace!
These Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats are incredibly durable and will add an elegant touch to any office or home office setting.
You see, the globe included with the Levitron Revolution World Stageopens up, and you can remove the magnetic platform inside. This platform can then be levitated by itself. But that’s not all! It can support up to 3 oz of additional weight, which means you can put whatever you want on top to float too!
These sheets are nearly identical to a standard Post-It® Note, except that the Jumbo StickIt sheets are 36 times larger! Just like a standard Post-It® Note, there is a band along the top of the note that is sticky.
Ensure your messages receive the attention they deserve with these outrageously oversized sticky notes. Could also be used as a gag gift for those of you that enjoy putting a little bit of humor in people’s days.
Feel like Christmas and the holidays alwa
ys seem to sneak up on you at the last minute? One minute you are enjoying the summer sunshine and the next it seems to fast forward to Christmas. Instead of worrying about the hassle of making your way through the crowded aisles of the mall or camping out on the street before the big sale, Sitbetter has created our very own holiday gift guide for the 2009 season. The best part of all is you can get all your shopping done while sitting on your computer in your pajamas! So take a look at some of our top picks for our holiday gift guide for her office.
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, and a comfortable padded seat available in 3 sizes.
Included features are: fully upholstered dual curve backrest, dual density molded polyurethane foam, small seat pan, back height adjustment, seat angle adjustment, back angle adjustment, back pivot and seat height adjustment, forward tilt lock out, standard life ranges 15.25″, 20.25″ smaller cylinders available, 24″ glass reinforced nylon high profile base, and 5 dual wheel nylon carpet casters.
The Presto offers perfect ergonomic support even for those with back pain.
The Presto Petite Series by Allseating provides quality and comfort with all the best options to create a fully customized ergonomic seating solution for people who need a smaller office chair. With over 20 different colors to choose between it won’t be hard for you to find your color of choice for the Presto, it even comes in purple if you are feeling bold!
The Presto comes with four control options including: posture back, synchro tilt, intensive task plus, and deluxe tilt j-bar.
Height adjustable arms accent the chair, while the locking tilt mechanism, with tension control afford easily adjustable for the user, Pneumatic seat height adjustment, nylon reinforced 27-inch base and dual wheel casters round out this chair’s features.
This chair comes equipped with a Six-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight capacity for a user of this chair is 250 pounds.
Ships ready to assemble. Assembly is not too difficult for those that are not crafty like myself and tools needed to put the chair together are shipped along with the chair. At only $99 this chair is a steal for the comfort and features offered.
Combining value with the stylish iconic look made popular by Eames – the Otto by Eurostyle represents a return of the modern retro.
Chromed steel frame with leatheratte seat and back available in 3 modern colors: Black, White or Dark Brown at no extra charge. 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 High Back a great modern seating choice for executives and managers alike.
My favorite color for the Otto is the white leather, definitely makes for a really modern and stylish chair that will make everyone envious.
This chair is perfect for anyone anywhere, whether you need a new chair for your home office or if you are looking to purchase several for the conference room. And of course, for friends/family for the holiday season!
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. 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. Banker’s chairs are the perfect decorative chair to have in the house, just make sure not to sit for extended periods of time or it may start to hurt.
Comes in three color combination’s- Fruit Wood with a black pad, Fruit Wood with a brown pad, or Black with a black pad.
Even if your Zip is for home, why not sit in style?
By providing full back contact and breathability, Zip Mesh delivers the support busy offices need to stay healthy, happy and productive – combined with the modern design and unique mesh, the Zip is sure to provide your team will have more productive meetings than ever before!
Make working at home or browsing the internet more productive by bringing a Zip home for the holidays. Many different fabric options are available to find the Zip color of your choice. My favorite is the Moguls Aquarium color!
Part of the Inertia family of seating, Inertia Upholstered Mid Back Task Chair fits in with practically any office environment – not to mention any budget.
Available in Executive, Conference, Task, Side and a Stool option, the Inertia Upholstered Seating Line provides support and comfort whether you’re sitting straight or leaning back.
Having sat in this chair before, I can assure you that it is not only modern and stylish, but also really comfortable. Even if you are sitting in this chair for extended periods of time, it will still feel comfortable 8 hours later.
Offering all the benefits of a traditional dynamic monitor arm – with none of the shortcomings – the M2 redefines high-performance monitor arms. Current-generation monitor arms utilize a bulky, failure-prone gas cylinder to support the weight of the monitor. The M2 instead uses an innovative mechanical spring to achieve exceptional performance and durability in a lightweight, ultra-thin design.
Available with white accents on a polished aluminum arm or a silver arm with gray accents.
The M2 comes with a bolt mount AND a clamp mount for installation on any surface.
I have one of these monitor arms in white myself and it definitely makes my office space look more sleek and stylish. I would definitely recommend one to anyone interested.
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co.’s® “Natural” and “Dark Cherry” Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats meld beauty, style and function to create an alternative to the bland, utilitarian vinyl chair mat. There is no product like this in the marketplace!
These Bamboo Roll-Up Office Chair Mats are incredibly durable and will add an elegant touch to any office or home office setting. Furthermore, these mats are easy to ship and easy to transport. No assembly required! Chair Mat is 8 mm thick, and features an anti-static natural rubber back.
Saving the Pandas, too: Anji Mountain’s Bamboo Chair Mats are made from Moso Bamboo, a species not in the Giant Panda diet. Furthermore, Anji Mountain Bamboo is sustainably harvested in the mountain range not inhabited by the Giant Panda.
Price: Starting at $135!
Personalized just for her with any name printed in the chocolate brown font shown within the colorful polka dot design. Work will be less dull and more colorful with the Crazy For Polka Dots Mouse Pad!
The rubber mouse pad features non-slip natural rubber base; measuring 8″ diameter. A full 1/4″ thickness keeps it in place. For a very inexpensive price this will be the perfect gift for both the office or even the home office.
Everyday convenience now at your fingertips with a simple glance to schedule today, next week and months ahead with personalization mall’s 15 Quotes© Personalized Perpetual Calendar. Choose from 14 popular quotes to provide daily inspiration. Or, you may opt to modify their quotes or write one of your own.They then delicately engrave the polished silver piece with any sentiment, personal or company name you choose. The elegant piece will provide a lifetime of style and function for any home or office desk top – just rotate the wheels to select the month, week and day to represent each month, year after year. Features: Cube-shaped piece measures 3″ square with an additional 1/2″ width, due to the protruding calendar dial, non-slip rubber base keeps in place, weighs approximately 2 pounds – the heavy weight also makes it ideal as a paperweight.
This Old World Italian trio includes two selections from Santa Cristina Antinori: clean, crisp compogrande orvieto white wine and fruity Tuscan sangioves. A third bottle of Tomaresca neprica, an earthy blend of negroamaro, primitivo and cabernet sauvignon from Puglia, Italy completes this trio.
Nestled alongside Baptista’s mozzarella cheese swirls, olives, Dolcetto chocolate wafers, dried fruit medley, asiago cheese spread, penne rigate pasta and much more, this authentic Italian ensemble is perfectly suited for those who enjoy the robust flavors of Italy.
If you know someone who loves wine and pasta, like myself, this seems like the perfect gift to get!
Feel like Christmas and the holidays always seem to sneak up on you at the last minute? One minute you are enjoying the summer sunshine and the next it seems to fast forward to Christmas. Instead of worrying about the hassle of making your way through the crowded aisles of the mall or camping out on the street before the big sale, Sitbetter has created our very own holiday gift guide for the 2009 season. The best part of all is you can get all your shopping done while sitting on your computer in your pajamas! So take a look at some of our top picks for our holiday gift guide for his office.
A high end ergonomic office chair designed to provide the best possible extended seating comfort and support. With its patented, fully adjustable back support system integrated within its knitted mesh back, it provides a customized fit for any user. The CPOD is an employee favorite here at Sitbetter and along with comfort it is also a pretty stylish chair.
Available arm options include:Task 2 arms- adjustable 4″ height, Multifunctional arms- adjustable 4″ height and 4″ width, pivots and slides side to side and front to back, Twister Arms- adjustable 4″ height and rotates 360 degrees.
Personally my favorite chair offered on site. Inspired by the human vertebrae, the Verte combines ergonomics, form and function to produce the ultimate in seating posture and comfort. A decade in the making, the Verte was created by a team of engineers, designers, and ergonomists, and is truly one of a kind. Sit in it once, and you’ll never settle for anything less.
The patented back is built with 11 torsion spring-loaded joints that take an exact spine impression, which can be locked, in place at the touch of a lever. All you need to do is flip a lever, put each ‘rib’ right where you want it, and flip the lever again to lock. If you need a little more pressure at one spot, simply push that one ‘rib’ in a bit further, or out if you need less pressure!
Esthetics, 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.
The Ergohuman comes in leather as well as a variety of 6 different colored fabric options. Mesh back and mesh seats are also available. Or if you want your chair to have a leather seat and mesh back, that is possible as well.
No matter what color/material Ergohuman ordered all come fully equipped with a seat slider, synchro-tilt, back height and angle adjustable, seat height and depth adjustable, tilt tension, and lock control.
Stream-lined base design, stylish silver accents with breathable, elastomeric, tight weave mesh. Allseating’s number one selling chair offers comfort and versatility.
This Greenguard certified ergonomic mesh chair brings ultimate comfort and style to any office area – managers, executives, and conference rooms alike.
BOSS’ B7402 is beautifully upholstered with ultra soft and durable Caressoft upholstery. Executive high-back styling with extra lumbar support, deluxe knee tilt control, padded armrests covered with Caressoft upholstery.
Solid 27-inch nylon base with casters, Hooded double wheel casters for easy movement, upright locking position, pneumatic gas lift provide instant height adjustment, adjustable tilt tension assures the right reclining tension.
At a very affordable price, this chair is not only stylish but also comfortable enough to sit in for long periods of time.
The La-Z-Boy Sintas was designed with an anthropometric frame structure based on the human form. This generously proportioned chair features wide graceful arms and deep quilted u-shaped upholstered seat and back for lasting comfort and support.
The Sintas offers a styling and comfort for which La-Z-Boy is known for, at a very comfortable price. Built with quality in mind, the Sintas will last up to ten years. Our experts who have sat in this chair believe it to be one of the softest and plush chairs they have ever sat in.
The TL01 by ESI with its sleek 22 inch arm, is perfectly suited for smaller work environments. The single arm design and easy to reach handle provides quick and easy adjustment and the heavy 4lb free standing table base insures stability. Sleek and stylish personal task lights are an important part of any workstation. Whether they are for use on the desk-top or under the cabinet, proper lighting is a must for any workstation user. See work in a whole new light and reduce your eye strain.
Featuring a cylinder rated to hold monitors up to 28 lbs (15-23″), the dual extension system allows for maximum desk space saving and flexibility in how you position your monitor. With the solidly constructed die cast aluminum frame and an easy to install grommet mount, clamp mount, or direct to desk mount, the M7 will be installed and improving your workspace ergonomics in no time.
Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co.’s Original “Natural” and “Dark Cherry” Bamboo Tri-Fold Office Chair Mats meld beauty, style and function to create an alternative to the bland, utilitarian vinyl chair mat. There is no company carrying this product in the marketplace currently! These Bamboo Tri-Fold Office Chair Mats are incredibly durable and will add an elegant touch to any office or home office setting. Furthermore, these mats are easy to ship and easy to transport. No assembly required!
Price: Starting at $136
Easily adjustable to accommodate different users and allows for right or left-handed users! Includes mouse pads, mouse guards, cord management clip and detachable palm rest.
This revolutionary USB powered drink cooling / warming device allows you to easily adjust the temperature of your drink holder – you can either keep your beverage at a cool 45°F, or switch it over for a piping hot cup of Joe. Requiring power from only your USB port, the Beverage Chiller is perfect for portability and transportation. The Beverage Cooler is so versatile, it works with any device that has a USB Port including computers, gaming consoles, and even some cable boxes!
Have you even experienced dry hands, dry mouths, dry skin, etc. in dry seasons or even in an air-conditioned rooms and offices? This is a quite unpleasant problem not only for women but men also. Thus, you need a USB Mini-Cool Aroma Humidifer! It generates cool, moisturizing steam using safe ultrasonic waves so as to help relieve dry skin, eyes, mouth and throat. It makes breathing more comfortable.
According to Pink “It’s the latest solution for today’s busy man who needs to carry more than one gadget at any one time”.
Pink’s Commuter tie features a pocket on the reverse of the tie which will hold an iPod Nano (and we presume Shuffle as well) safely and securely whilst allowing him to have his hands free to grab his morning coffee. Aside from the pocket, Pink has included an extra fabric loop to keep wires out of sight and close to your body.