Ergonomics – 17 Aug 2021

Home office chair essentials, which one’s right for you?

Working from home has become a way of life for many Kiwis since the pandemic, whether you’re tucked away in a spare room, tapping away at the dining room table, or lucky enough to have a dedicated home office setup. But you are probably missing one key ingredient — a proper home office chair. 

Most of us love being surrounded by our home comforts as we work. Yet using the wrong home office chair can make remote working an uncomfortable experience, and a literal pain in the neck.

Substandard home office design and working on an unsuitable computer chair every day can lead to aches, pains, bad backs, and sore necks.

According to the New Zealand Herald, physios and chiropractors have witnessed a surge in new patients since the nation’s first lockdown in 2020. Medical professionals say neck and back complaints have become more common as people use an unfit home office setup.

Poorly-designed, uncomfortable desk chairs lacking lumbar support can aggravate existing ailments and even create new ones. These aches and tweaks can lead to unwanted trips to the physio and chiropractor, costing valuable time and money.

While buying a cheap home office chair might seem like a prudent option at first, it can prove expensive in the long run. Preventing a problem is much easier than finding a cure, after all.

 

Workplace wellbeing and productivity in home offices.

As we spend more time working from home, being intentional with your home office design and choosing an ergonomic home office chair has become more important than ever. Spending 40 hours a week typing at your desk, it’s key to find something comfortable, with strong support for your back and adjustable features for maximum comfort. No one wants their joints cracking on a chiropractor’s table.

An office desk chair isn’t just something to sit on; it can have a significant impact on your wellness and physical and mental wellbeing. Strong posture can increase concentration levels and reduce stress, making you more alert and able to complete tasks. The right home office chair should set you up to be as productive as possible throughout the working week.

Employers increasingly recognise this. More organisations are sourcing ergonomic seating, desks, and other workstation equipment for home office setups.

Businesses can explore the key to a great home office setup in our article, Home office setup for safety and success.

 

How to choose the best home office chair

You’ll probably spend a lot of time in your new desk chair, so it’s essential to do your research and pick one tailored to your needs.

Consider the following questions:

  • How many hours do you sit down each day?
  • How much do you move and swivel around?
  • Does the chair suit long or short legs?
  • Will a thick layer of foam make you feel more comfortable?
  • How much support do you need for your back?
  • Do you want the latest desk chair technology?

Cost may influence your decision. A great home office chair is an investment; the right one can improve your posture and mood, making you more productive as you go about your work.

In contrast, a super-cheap purchase might save some dollars on the outlay, but prove more expensive in the long-term, due to related injuries and medical treatment. It can pay to spend a little bit more on a chair that will stand the test of time.

 

What’s the right budget for a high-quality office desk chair?

A budget of $100 – $200 might suit those using their chair for short periods, or be a better option for children and teenagers using one for an hour of homework. A budget above $300, meanwhile, might be more suitable for those working more than six hours a day.

Ergonomics are crucial. A home office chair needs to suit the way you sit, whether you like firm lumbar support for your back, or something softer on your body. It’s important to find something with the latest ergonomic technology to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Proven build quality and reliability are also key. Buro office desk chairs are rigorously tested to ensure they deliver years of trouble-free use, while all Buro seating comes with a six or ten-year warranty. This industry leading warranty is backed by a return-to-base servicing and faulty component replacement commitment.

Design is another major consideration. Let’s imagine you’ve spent hours putting together your home office setup, flooded with natural light, beautiful interior design, perfect light fixtures, and the very latest Macbook Pro. You don’t want to spoil that with poorly-designed office furniture.

A desk chair can be a statement piece to show off to visitors. It can also be functional and comfy, while retaining a sense of style. With so many options to choose from, a study chair or home office chair can be whatever you want it to be.

Comfort is always a deciding factor, and a chair needs to be in tune with your needs. What kind of foam do you prefer? Are adjustable elements important? Does your chair need to be fully customisable?

Buro Seating has designed and produced ergonomic office chairs for over 25 years. We’re experts in the science of healthy posture, with several products endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. We know the importance of looking good while sitting down.

 

Every home office worker has unique requirements.
Here are some of Buro’s top picks based on design, budget, ergonomics, and comfort:

 

What’s the best designer home office chair?

The Konfurb Harmony Chair 

One for the design connoisseurs. Created by award-winning industrial designer Martin Ballendat, this dynamic office chair features a sleek contoured shell and customisable seating fabric that integrates seamlessly with home interiors.

The Konfurb Harmony is a globally-acclaimed seating option that merges style and comfort, featuring a compact design, adjustable height, and ergonomic lumbar support.

Combining minimalist contemporary design with dynamic functionality, the chair is a perfect fit for home-based work environments, particularly office nooks. Ideal for shorter sitting times, it offers adjustability for comfort, as well as being lightweight and mobile.

 

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Konfurb Harmony
An active seating office chair that is designed to improve posture by encouraging natural movement and flexibility.

Konfurb Harmony

  • Award-winning design by Martin Ballendat.
  • Customised seating fabric blends with home interiors.
  • Ergonomically designed and adjustable.
  • 5 year guarantee.
  • iF Design Award 2019.
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What’s the best home office chair for a budget?

The Mondo Java Chair

The all-rounder. Built to last and designed to withstand daily commercial use, the Mondo Java Chair meets the highest health and safety standards and comes with quality and environmental certificates.

The adjustable computer chair boasts a generous seat, with a contoured back for comfort and support. With high-density moulded dual-foam, it delivers excellent value, proving popular with both students and businesses.

The Mondo Java has high, medium, and mesh back options. Users can customise their ideal look and fit, while saving dollars along the way.

 

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Mondo Java Mid Back
A great value chair, popular with students and office workers.

Mondo Java Mid Back

  • Durable and well suited to daily use.
  • High, medium or mesh back options.
  • 6 year guarantee.
  • GREENGUARD certified.
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What’s the best ergonomic home office chair?

The Buro Metro Chair

Adjustable, adaptable, flexible, and functional, the Buro Metro chair has a strong emphasis on ergonomic design, and features an independently adjustable seat and back tilt.

With customisable seating fabric and a breathable mesh back, the chair adds a streamlined aesthetic to its high functionality. It’s the perfect option for people with additional physical needs who demand the latest supportive technology.

Every detail is designed for comfort. The Buro Metro chair features a high-density polyurethane moulded foam seat, with enhanced lumbar support to keep workers primed for productivity.

 

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Buro Metro Nylon Base
Look for the ‘Metro by Buro Seating’ quality ID mark to ensure authenticity.

Buro Metro Nylon Base

  • Modern, sleek design.
  • Fully adjustable seat height, depth and tilt.
  • Breathable mesh back.
  • 10 year guarantee.
  • AFRDI Level 6 – Commercial
  • GREENGUARD certified.
  • Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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Cosy Comfort

Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back
Buro Roma 3 Lever Mid Back

Comfort will always be the number one consideration for some people, and that’s where the Buro Roma comes in.

Buro Roma chairs feature moulded foam seats and backs, with adjustable elements, delivering a fully customisable experience This comfy home office chair lineup is available in either high or mid-back models, perfect for taller people who prefer a soft, supportive feel.

 

Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back
Featuring an extremely comfortable high density polyurethane moulded foam seat, providing all-day comfort whilst working from home.

Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back

  • Moulded foam seating.
  • High back supports a taller torso.
  • Fully adjustable, ergonomic support.
  • Buro’s best-selling chair!
  • 10 year guarantee.
  • AFRDI Level 6.
  • GREENGUARD certified.
  • Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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Dynamic Intelligence Technology™

Buro Mentor Upholstered Nylon

Leaving levers in the past, the Buro Mentor features Dynamic Intelligence™ technology. This mechanism intuitively responds to your weight and organic movement, supporting optimal posture and active sitting. The perfect office chair for home offices, adjusting to everybody’s unique needs. With a comfortable and supportive upholstered back, the Buro Mentor looks as good as it feels.

 

Buro Mentor Upholstered Nylon
The self-weighting tension system within Buro Dynamic Intelligence™ technology intuitively responds to your body weight and size as you move, improving posture by encouraging a neutral spinal position and reducing spinal fatigue.

Buro Mentor Upholstered Nylon

  • Features exclusive Dynamic Intelligence technology.
  • Synchronised seat and back adjustment.
  • Self weighting tension adjustment..
  • 10 year guarantee.
  • AFRDI 142 – Certified to 135kg Single Shift
  • GREENGUARD GOLD certified.
  • Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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Where to find your ideal home office chair?

Time to ditch your stiff seat for something better? Buro’s collection of good-looking ergonomic seating is stocked by a wide range of New Zealand and Australian retailers.Head to our Where to Buy page to find your local seller, or shop the Buro ergonomic chair range online.

View our full range of ergonomic home office chairs.

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