Based on the style of desk you've selected and your design or brand aesthetic, you will have to choose seating that will work with it all. From part I of the series 'Organization', you determined the location for your office and your seating needs. Now, we're going to guide you on putting a design or 'look' to those pieces.
If you suffer from back pain from sitting for prolonged periods in uncomfortable seating positions, the Kneeling Chair just may be the chair for you. This chair can fit almost any setting with a few tweaks. The kneeling chair allows your thighs to be dropped to an angle of 70 to 60 degrees, distributing weight between the butt and knees and reducing back strain. Also known as the Balans Chair, it was invented in 1979 by Hans Christian Mengshoel. There are multiple benefits associated with this type of seating, however the chair is NOT recommended for people who have had spine or knee surgery.
You can build your own kneeling chair using these instructions.
We all know about the Standard Ergonomic Chair, generally they aren't that cute. You can select one of these based on your needs and your price point but in order to add some punch to your work area and some energy to your throne, think about colour. Pick a neutral or something in one of your brand colours. If you can, sit in the chair and ensure it's comfortable. One of the benefits of these chairs is its adjustability, you can adjust the seating height to work with any desk.
* Remember your brand colours, especially if you're using your home office to build out your brand. Surrounding yourself with elements of the brand you're building or things you want to achieve will propel your vision forward. Start seeing your space as 'your brand' and this will help you be even more motivated to continue to work towards building your empire.
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Shape & Style
When on the hunt for your desk chair, look at the shape and style of the chair. Does it reflect the style of your brand? Here are some things to think about when looking at your brand/style and choosing a your desk chair. If you're looking for:
A Glamorous style try: plush fabrics (think velvet-like), leather; details like tufted backs/seats, shiny contrasting metallics/metals (golds) and nailhead trim. Look for curves in your shapes. Keep in mind that you can always reupholster a chair with the right shape, paint legs and add decorative trim. But the shape is more difficult and costly to change.
A Contemporary or Modern Style try: glossy or matte plastic/acrylics, faux leather materials, mixed with metals, wood/wood-looks, bright or neutral colours, no trim. Look for clean. curved or straight lines. No fandangles and frills.
A Traditional Style, try: wooden, leather or fabric. Tufted leather and floral, striped or patterned fabrics work well in bringing a traditional look together. The shape of your seating can range from curvy to straight. Just think grandma and grandpa furniture, like wingback chairs. If your style isn't purely traditional you can add a graphic patterned fabric to add a more transitional feel.
While you won't be improving your back health by sitting on one of these for a prolonged period, there are some stylish options out there. Just remember to take a break now and then, both for your mental and your physical health.
Chair Seat Height
For chairs that have to fit under tables or desks, it is best that the seat is about 9 inches below the underside of the table. This means that your legs can comfortably fit under the table when you're seated. If not, you may need to raise your table height by using risers or casters.
Does your guest seating need to follow the same aesthetic as your desk seating? If you're a pro and you know how to mix pieces of different styles and periods, go right ahead. If you're uncertain, seek advice from a pro (you can drop us a line). The easiest thing to do is to match your guest chairs by colour, style or type (if you're using two). Ensure that your seat is the Belle of the Ball, after all this is YOUR THRONE from where you reign and build your empire (even if it's just a place from which you organize and pay bills). You can have your desk chair have a higher back, bolder colour or pattern than your guest chairs. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about styles of your guest seating.
So, we've gone through some things you should consider when hunting for seating for your home office. When you go hunting at garage sales, scouring the second hand furniture shops online, think about your health, style, shape and of course price of the pieces. Don't be stumped if you don't find the 'perfect' chair. You can make it perfectly yours with some elbow grease and imagination.
Catch us next week for our finale in this 4 part series. We'll be discussing storage and offering some helpful tips for organizing items in your home office.
What style have you decided on for your home office? Let us know in the comments below.