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Sit On The Floor Improve Your Health Chair Desk Setup Guide

Rueben Horner / minimalist / 27 March 2022, 01:05:21
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2020 is a year where many people have  had to adjust to working from home,   whether temporarily or permanently. For that reason, everyone's looking at ways to  improve their home office setup. There are tons of   great resources out there on creating an aesthetic  workspace that's optimized for productivity. But in this article we would like to talk about   something a little different — creating  a workspace at home with health in mind. For those who have readed some of  our previous articles, one of the most   striking oddities about our home is the fact  that we sit on the floor at our work desk.

So, let's start by taking a quick look at our  setup, and answer what is perhaps the most   commonly asked question on our website. First, we have our floor desks, which are  not floor desks by design. They're in fact,   coffee tables from everyone's  favorite furniture store,   but with their legs  shortened to our desired height. The way we arrived at the height of 33cm is by  simulating the most common postures that we'll   be sitting in, and measuring the distance from the  floor to our elbows. So the height that you may   want for your floor desk will depend on how you  intend to sit and the proportions of your body.

Our floor chairs are from Muji, we have  one in the large size and one in the small. We first started sitting on the floor  for reasons outlined in a previous article,   and we're definitely not alone in this. In fact, thousands of people around the  world have adopted this sort of a lifestyle,   and there's a name for it as  well: furniture-free living. But it must be said that furniture-free living  isn't the most accurate name, as furniture-free   isn't about living without any furniture. Rather,  it's more about rethinking our conventional   furniture, and creating an environment at  home that promotes more physical movement.

This is an even more fitting topic in 2020.   For some, the closest thing to a workout used to  be the daily commute to and back from the office. Now that working from home  has become the new norm,   even that small window of  unavoidable exercise is no more. That makes going furniture-free  a much more timely idea today. But it's easy to dismiss furniture-free  living as silly, a step backwards,   or making yourself uncomfortable  for no reason. Yet ultimately,   a furniture-free lifestyle and ergonomic  furniture design are in fact different sides   of the same coin.

Both share the goal to keep  our bodies in natural, comfortable positions. On one hand, ergonomic furniture is like a  protective parent. Backrests, headrests, armrests.   Every angle is calculated for, and there  is support at all the right places.   The result is a piece of furniture that  cradles your body, so comfortable that   you wouldn't even have realized that you've  been sitting on it for hours without moving. On the other hand, furniture-free living  is like that parent that prefers to use   tough love, and whose philosophy  is simply "Go support yourself". So it's all a choice between relying  on an external apparatus to help   your body feel more comfortable, or  trusting your body to do the work.

So you're interested in dipping your toes  into the world of furniture-free living? As with any sort of lifestyle change,  jumping into the deep end right away   probably isn't the wisest idea. So here's our  quick guide on creating a workspace at home   that's optimized for health, one step at a time. For a start, there's no need to give  up your adjustable standing desk   or your favorite ergonomic chair. This first step is as simple as setting  a recurring reminder to get up and   move — and the rule applies, whether  you're sitting on the floor at home,   or at your desk in the office. Ideally, set  a timer for about 25-30 minutes of work time,   after which take a short break; head to the  washroom or pour yourself a fresh glass of water.

The true beauty of furniture-free living  is in not being bound by your furniture. As someone who thinks better when I'm  moving, most of the time,   I'm more likely to  be pacing around the house thinking of ideas, or typing emails or scripts on a  makeshift standing desk or on the floor. So look around for new ways to work apart  from your usual chair and desk setup. Maybe you can switch out your chair for  something else, like an exercise ball, or find a spot where you can work while standing. If nothing else, there's always the most  furniture-free option of all: the floor.

Working on the floor is actually  quite a liberating experience. With   the help of a few common objects around the house,   you would have an endless number of  postures to keep your body comfortable. Some postures can feel somewhat  uncomfortable for a start,   especially if your body is particularly stiff. In that case, sitting on an elevated  surface the height of a yoga block   or two can make things much more pleasant. Over time, you may find that your  body gets stronger and more limber.

Obviously, exploring new ways to work  would be much easier if you work on, say,   a laptop instead of a desktop. But for us,  there's really only a small handful of tasks   that we have to do exclusively at our main workspace,  such as article editing, illustrating or animating. Speaking of animating, some  of you have been asking us on   social media about how we create our animations. Actually, we picked up the skill of animation  with the help of the sponsor of this article,   Skillshare, an online learning  community for creatives. More specifically, we learned the basics  of animation through this particular class   by Libby Vanderplueg called Animation for  Illustration.

This is just a beginner class,   so it's not gonna help us create  any award-winning work just yet,   but it was exactly what we needed at the  time, to go from being absolutely clueless   about the world of animation to creating basic  moving illustrations right inside of Photoshop. Skillshare costs less than $10 a month,  and if you're still on the fence,   then make sure to be first 1000 to use the link  in our description to get a free trial   of Skillshare's Premium membership. There are  thousands of classes on topics ranging from   design and photography, to freelancing and  productivity, so we hope you have a ton of fun. With great power comes great responsibility.  While furniture-free living offers a great deal   of freedom and flexibility, the responsibility  then falls on us to listen keenly to our bodies. Most of the floor sitting postures  are not meant for the body to be in   for extended periods of time.

So  it's up to us, to constantly move   and shift so as to reap the full  benefits of going furniture-free. And if you know that you won't be able  to help it, but be in a certain posture   for a longer period of time, such as  when you're fixated on typing an essay   or responding to endless emails, then the usual  rules of ergonomics should still be observed. Sitting on the floor should not, at  any point, be a painful experience. The ideal workspace for health, if there  was such a thing, would probably be a   combination of ergonomic furniture and  principles from furniture-free living;   it doesn't have to be one or the other, or all or nothing. Thanks for reading, hopefully, you've found  some helpful ideas that you can implement   into creating your own healthy workspace at home.

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