Sitting is the latest addiction; according to people, we work while sitting, watching movies, and reading books while seated. Our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary.
This switch is a little unnatural for our body; hours of sedentary work take a toll on your spine as the pressure on it increases immensely while we are seated for prolonged hours.
Many people who have a predominantly sedentary life complain of lower back pain, which can get unbearable at times, high blood pressure and cholesterol, excess weight gain around the belly and lower back area.
People face these issues because they ignore their posture and do not make sure that their spine is well supported, aligned, and well-rested at regular intervals when working on their desks & chairs for long hours.
Supporting the lumbar area or the lower back, especially during current times where due to the pandemic, most of us are working from our homes way beyond office hours, is becoming increasingly important today, as it is the part of the body that is adversely affected due to prolonged hours of sitting.
Ergonomic chairs and standing desks are gaining huge demand in the current times. If you are looking forward to buying these products online or go hunt for them in your local department store, you will immediately notice that thought these products are useful and will do only good for your lumbar and overall spine health; these products have a hefty price tag on them.
Let’s be real none of us are looking for that kind of investment currently, where the world is on the brink of a financial and economic breakdown.
That’s the reason we are here to provide you with a few DIY Ergonomic Chairs and Standing desk tips that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Let us first try to understand why ergonomic chairs and standing desks are all the rage currently and their benefits.
Ergonomic chairs are best know for their adaptability, as they can be customized to suit the user’s particular needs. It can be useful for individuals who have huge and long thighs that require a wide seat and tall people who require larger back support compared to others.
Our bodies are designed to be active, and hence sitting for prolonged hours is very unnatural for our body, and that’s the reason most of us complain of back pain when we are seated for a long time.
Holding our bodies in a position for a long time can lead to many complications in the near future. Many experts advise that every individual must follow the 20-minute rule according to which we must sit and stand alternately for 20 minutes while we are at work which reduces the strain on your lumbar area and facilities a better blood flow.
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DIY Ergonomic Chair & Standing Desk Tips
Things to look for in an ergonomic chair and a standing desk.
- For an Ergonomic Chair make sure it has
- An adjustable seat height, depth, and width
- A proper lumbar support
- Adjustable back and armrests
- Sturdy and good quality material.
Well, as you can see a good ergonomic chair has many useful features to offer but with great features comes, a great price to be paid and we are not looking for that kind of investment right now. So, we are going to give you some times that will have you make a DIY ergonomic chair in a budget.
For a DIY Ergonomic chair, here are the few items you will need which are very easy to get your hands on, they are as follows-
- A pillowcase
- Bungee cords
To make a DIY Ergonomic chair
- Start off with the cushion and place it on your chair in a manner and position that you find most comfortable.
- Use a bungee cord to secure the cushion in its desired place.
- To make sure that the bungee cord doesn’t look odd cover it and support it with the pillowcase.
Wrap on bungee cord around the cushion which was placed earlier, to secure it well connect it on the back of the back-seat pad of your chair. USe the second bungee cord and connect it in a bow-tie shape to make the cushion secure in its position.
Now have a seat on the chair to make sure everything is comfortable and nothing sticks out uncomfortably. Covering the cushion with a pillowcase will make the chair look a lot neater and at the same time, it will make sure that the person sitting on the chair is not harmed when the bungee cord is unhooked while sitting.
Now that you know how to make your own DIY ergonomic chair easily without having to spend a lot of money. We will move on to making a DIY standing desk.
Standing Desks are popular among the people who find it difficult to sit in a place for a prolonger period of time. One of the easiest methods of making a DIY standing desk is to convert your old chest of drawers into your work desk, this method takes the least amount of effort.
Most of the chest drawers are waist height long which is also the perfect height for a standing desk if you have an old chest drawer lying around then you don’t have much to do, just place the chest drawer in your work area and you are good to go.
If you have a chest drawer that you are currently using they you will have to find a place to store the items in the drawer somewhere else and then just use the drawer as your standing work desk.
Here’s another way in which you can make a DIY standing desk if you have the right kind of supplies and some basic carpentry skills.
Here is a list of things you will need
- A 50-inch long pipe
- A few short pipes for three different sizes which are 6, 8, and 12 inches.
- Flange fittings
- Wood screws
- Tee fittings
- Butcher’s Block (48×24 inch)
- WD40 lubricant
To make a DIY Standing Desk.
- Get all your supplies together and arrange them properly so that it is easy to get your hands on them when you need them.
- Take the Buther’s block and place it on the countertop.
- Make the base for the legs of the desk. Spray the pipes with WD40.
- On both, the sides of the long pipe attach tee fittings and fasten them horizontally.
- Create the legs of the desk with the help of the long pipe, which should look like a capital ‘I’
- Connect the tee fittings on all the 8 inch-pipes
- Position the tee fittings in a manner that the next pipes can be installed parallelly.
- Connect the legs to the butcher’s block which was placed earlier, in a manner that the legs and the butcher’s block facing down.
- Measure the flange fittings and place them where you want them to be.
- For a better aesthetic effect spray all the pipes with the same color of spray paint.