Comfort is key when you’re spending long hours in front of the computer. Hack a La-Z-Boy (or other recliner) into a rolling desk chair, and your back might thank you.
At first I thought this hack was ridiculous (it certainly looks unconventional), but sitting reclined can be better for your back than sitting up straight. This study suggests sitting at a 135 degree angle puts less pressure on your spine.
Sam Prentice of MIT attached a piece of plywood with casters on it to the La-Z-Boy so it could function better as an office chair. He says:
Seriously though — – I’ve struggled with tingling limbs and back aches for years. I’ve tried standing desks, an array of chairs, keyboards, mice, wrist guards, stretches …
But this setup, a mildly reclined La-Z-Boy with a keyboard on my lap, has been the best arrangement for mitigating pesky RSI symptoms.
Bonus: Better naps at your desk.
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