I know, I know, a new home office chair – I spoil you with content don’t I? Give me a break though, it’s been over a year now of basically doing nothing expect reading murder mysteries, walking in laps around the park and working in my little study, so I don’t exactly have a lot to talk about.
Seriously though, a home office chair is actually pretty exciting news when you have been spending so much time working from home. If your job has shuffled you off into your spare room and working from home looks set to stay then you might want to read this and think about investing in your posture. (Maybe your boss might want to invest in your posture on your behalf and buy you a nice new office chair?)
Although I’ve been self-employed and generally working from home for 12 years now, I normally break things up with mornings in cafes, (under the guise of researching brunch club), or coworking spaces. Having to concentrate on work in the same space for large chunks at a time has been hard going. I gave my spare room a makeover in September, (see the ‘workpsace’ highlight on my Instagram), in a bid to create a more motivational workspace, and although I do love it, a lot of my time in here is actually spent in the little armchair in the corner reading magazines or, like this morning, sat at my desk taking stupid selfies.
I.e. wasting valuable time.
One of the issues, quite genuinely, was that I was too tight to invest in a decent home office chair. Since the makeover in September I’ve been sitting uncomfortably on a wooden dining chair which, although very stylish and ideal for dinner parties should anyone ever be allowed into my house again, lacks a certain something in the lumber support department.
As I mentioned on Instagram stories recently, when I told you about the pickled quail eggs, my manifestation powers have been strong lately, so it was barely a surprise when Summit At Home got in touch to ask if I would like to review a British manufactured ergonomic home office chair. ‘Well dur,’ I wanted to say, ‘what took you so long? I’ve been putting this out into the universe for ages?’
My first thought, obviously, was which colour to choose.
This was actually one of my favourite things about the Summit at Home range – that all of their chairs come in so many different colours. Grey or black is all very well for an office chair in an actual office, but for a home office chair you want something a bit softer really don’t you? I gave it a lot of thought, and spent quite a bit of time holding the 15 different colours up against the dark green walls of my study, and in the end plumped for coral.
It’s nice right? I liked it even more in real life than I did on the screen.
One of the things I like best about my office, and in fact one of the main reasons I bought my house, is the size of the windows. I have my desk under the window, and it pretty much takes up the whole wall, giving me the opportunity while I work to nose into my neighbours’ gardens and see who has got their washing out and that sort of thing.
I love it, but it does make it tricky to take pictures, so apologies for my office chair looking like it’s doing a sultry, boudoir style photoshoot.
Model wise, I went for Summit At Home’s bestseller, the Inflexion office chair, and as you can see from the picture I also had the optional arm rests. (Don’t tell anyone, but I do like the arm rests for casually hoisting myself in and out of the chair.) What you can’t see from the picture is that my chair also has a memory foam seat pad. Super swanky.
The Inflexion office chair describes itself* as ‘designed for all day comfort, combining a smartly sculptured back rest with inflatable lumbar, a generous forward tilting seat as well as independent back and seat angle adjustment. This chair offers a host of wellbeing support.’
I rather like the phrase ‘a host of wellbeing support’. It makes me wonder if at any minute the chair might tell me I’m an amazing woman and offer to make me a cup of tea. It hasn’t done that yet, sadly, but it is comfortable, so it’s not wrong there. I especially like that the individual controls are very clearly labelled to show you what they do.
This may seem like a really small thing but honestly, the number of offices I’ve worked in where I’ve tried to adjust the chair and have just been randomly pumping and turning handles until I’m basically folded up into a box… I can’t be the only one who can’t figure things like this out without a diagram?
Other things I like to do in my new Summit At Home office chair:
- Slide easily out from under the desk a little bit so that a cat can jump on my lap.
- Spin around to say ‘hello my fluffy friend’ whenever a cat comes in the room.
Pets are a very important part of the homeworking set up so definitely need to be taken into consideration.
So all in all then, it’s been an exciting week – I’ve had a new office chair, um… I went for a walk? And of course the pickled quail eggs. Did I mention they were beetroot flavour? It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.
If your home office chair situation could do with a bit of attention then check out Summit At Home.
Disclosure: I was gifted this Inflexion office chair for the purposes of this review. All opinions my own.
*I don’t imagine the chair actually said this. Or if it did then someone else would have had to type it out for the website because chairs don’t have hands.