Are you sitting comfortably in your work from home chair? Does your back hurt, or bottom or legs? Have you been covering your chair with sofa cushions and anything else you can lay your hands on? Here’s the sit bone cushion, a specially constructed cushion that supports posture, bottom and hamstrings beautifully. For many of us, tired of shifting around, getting up to make teas just to stop the pain, the sit bone cushion has been a game changer.
It has made it possible to sit down at length without pain and to get on with our work on the computer. And even though many of the cushions are made by experts – doctors and physios – they are surprisingly affordable, ranging from ca. £10 ($15) to £70 ($85). They come in different shapes and sizes, from the simple donut cushion with a single hole in the middle. There are cushions with twin holes, moulding and memory foam.
Reducing Pressure on the Bony Parts when sitting on a home office chair
Our own starter cushion was the donut, particularly good for the back. Many of us seldom lean back in the chair – instead we slouch in front of the laptop screen. But the donut forces us to sit upright – while protecting our bottom from the hard surface. The two-hole cushion – often referred to as the sit bone cushion – is particularly good for those whose bottom (or sit bones) start to ache after a while. It is also good for those with hamstring injuries. It is like sitting on air. Check it out here on Amazon: it’s a game changer!
Different Support Cushions for Different Problems when Working from Home
Perhaps you’re working from the kitchen table at home as a result of the Covid pandemic. But the kitchen chair is only designed to support us for a short period while having breakfast or lunch. The alternative is an ergonomic office chair in the kitchen – unsightly and for some expensive. Here, in working from home how to sit comfortably, we show samples of the specially designed cushions.
From our own experience, having tried and invested in a few, we can’t recommend the sit bone cushion highly enough. Save your expensive or treasured sofa cushions for social occasions. When you’re wondering about working from home how to sit comfortably, try out the real thing: there is a cushion for almost every back or bottom problem: tail bone, sit bone, hamstring, bed sores, post natal, haemorrhoids…
Get to know exactly where your problem lies – and whether it’s as a result of poor posture. Ask yourself if it is the result of sitting in front of the computer for too long, a wrong chair, an old or new sports injury or other? Then search the shops or online for the designs that address your specific problem.
What are the Specs of the Support Cushions?
The donut or doughnut cushion – the foam ring cushion with a hole in the centre – is good for back support. Sizes are approx. 14″ x 17″ (or 35cm x 43cm). And some are shaped asymmetrically – elevated in one end to lift your bottom or knees higher from the seat. Doctors and physios have designed their own support cushions. And some come with a five-year warranty and 100 days to return it – no questions asked.
Working from home how to sit comfortably – The Pros and Cons of Support Cushions
Wherever the pain is – first and foremost consult a GP. It is important to know where the problem lies and how serious it is, and how to cure it. Sometimes we can’t cure the pain, but instead have to manage it. The cushion does that and make it possible to work on the computer for longer stretches without pain.
There are few cons to the sit bone cushion in our experience… except this, it is not smart looking – the specialists and designers have not yet thought of how it fits in with the rest of our interior design. Covers are removable, but they are clinical rather than fashionable, so far.
They don’t flatter the chair. Aesthetically, the cushions are not pleasing, but when the back or bottom hurst, style flies out the window and it’s time to find ways to make our home, and home office environment comfortable. Many support cushions are, however, simple and sleek, hygenic, washable and the best of them come with a removable washable cover. The sit bone cushion is an absolute lifesaver and, of course, it can be easily stored out of sight once guests start arriving…..
Read also our post about the daybed here, a glam addition to the living space..