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What are the Dos and Don’ts When Buying Computer Chairs?

The right computer chairs can make all the difference in your home office setup. Even if you are only spending a limited amount of time sitting in your office chair, it can cause health problems down the line if you don’t select one that offers support and promotes good posture. This is even more true if you spend a significant amount of time working or studying from home. 

For this reason, when you’re shopping for the best computer chairs for your home, ergonomic factors are an important consideration. However, they’re not the only thing you should keep in mind. Read on for our Dos and Don’ts for choosing office chairs, and how you can select the best option to suit your space and offer plenty of support and style for your daily routine. 

DO: Focus on comfort first

As we said above, if you’re spending a lot of time in your home office, then a supportive, breathable, comfortable chair is key in your setup. While it’s understandable to want a chair that matches your home decor style, comfort and support have to be the paramount considerations for computer chairs. 

You can read more about the important ergonomic factors to think about regarding office chairs in a previous blog post, but here’s a quick rundown: 

Pick a chair with a seat height, width and depth that allows you to put your feet flat on the floor, leaves an appropriate space between your legs and the desk, and gives you room between the edge of the seat and your knees to prevent pressure on the backs of your knees. 

A chair with good lumbar support will help prevent stiffness and soreness, as well as long-term back pain. You might also consider a chair with wheels or that swivels so that you can reach everything on your desk without stretching and overextending. And finally, think about mesh-back computer chairs that offer breathability and temperature regulation for all-day comfort. 

DON’T: Choose the cheapest option

If you are working from home full time, you could be spending up to 40 hours per week sitting in your office chair. It’s good to remember that your chair could be one of the most used pieces of furniture in your house, second only to items like your bed and your dining table. 

You can find computer chairs with a broad range of pricing from under €100 to luxury options in the thousands. While we’re not saying you need to run out and buy an Eames chair, you should definitely think of your office chair as an investment piece. 

Dedicating a little bit more of your home office furniture budget into computer chairs will definitely be worth it in the long run, both for the longevity of your setup and for your own comfort during the workday. Luckily, at Corcoran’s, you can find quality computer chairs at a range of prices that will offer the support you need for your routine. 

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DO: Choose a timeless style 

There are plenty of ways to add personality to your home office setup. Decorate your desk with photo frames or hang wall art above your computer. Add trinkets to bookshelves or create a fun and vibrant accent wall behind your desk. But for your computer chair, classic is best. 

When you spend a lot of time in a space, you don’t want to get tired of it. Neutral colours like grey, black, and brown are popular options for office chairs, and it’s because they are timeless options that will never go out of style and will look great with any office decor aesthetic. 

DON’T: Buy used computer chairs

Sometimes it can be well-worth exploring your local antique store or vintage shop to find an heirloom piece that will be the star of your home decor. And while it’s not impossible to find used office chairs that will be well suited to your contemporary remote working setup, for the most part this is a furniture category that we would recommend buying new. 

When you buy used computer chairs, you can’t be sure how much wear and tear it has seen or how long it has been used previously. Office chairs can become less supportive over time, and mechanisms like adjustment levers can become damaged, so a new chair is often an important part of your home office. 

Browse and buy office furniture for the ideal workspace

At Corcoran’s, we have a selection of office chairs that checks every box: support, style, sturdiness, and more. Whatever your home office needs, you will find computer chairs to suit. Shop online now or visit us in store; plus, browse our entire collection of office furniture and set yourself up to thrive in your work or study routine. 

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