This is a collaborative post in partnership with FlexiSpot
Over the last few weeks we’ve been trying out a Flexispot ergonomic desk chair in our home office. This article shares our experience of using the BS8 Flexi-Chair, and takes a look at why it’s important to think about ergonomics when setting up a workstation.
Why is an ergonomic desk chair important?
Ergonomic furniture is designed to allow the body to be in a neutral position during use. The goal is to place minimum strain on joints and muscles, while also providing adequate support.
Ergonomics as a concept is relevant to pretty much all furniture, but it’s particularly important in the design of products that we are going to use for long periods of time. Office chairs most definitely fall into this category.
If your job is desk-based, it’s all too easy to sit in a less-than-ideal position. I know I’m guilty of perching, leaning, and generally not thinking enough about posture while I sit at my desk. Using an ergonomic desk chair is an easy way to provide your body with the support it needs.
Features of the Flexispot BS-8 Flexi-Chair
The BS8 Flexi-Chair is ergonomically designed to minimise the impact of sitting down to work. It’s available in grey or black, and currently retails at £299.99.
There are a number of adjustable elements to this chair, which makes it easy to find the optimum position for your body. These include:
- Adjustable seat height via a gas-lift mechanism
- Height-adjustable armrests
- Adjustable lumbar support
- Adjustable tilt back tightness
- Comfortable headrest
- 360 degree rotation via base castors
The seat is generously padded, and moulded with pressure reduction in mind. The fabric on the back rest is stretched over the frame, which provides good support while also allowing a small amount of give. All the fabric is breathable.
Assembling the Flexispot BS-8 Flexi-Chair
The BS-8 ergonomic desk chair is supplied un-assembled. It’s not difficult to build, but you need a bit of space to manoeuvre the parts around. Some of the components are quite heavy – in particular, the seat pad and the base – so you need to be prepared for a bit of lifting.
A basic allen key is provided. I found that it wasn’t very easy to tighten some of the bolts with this, and ended up using my own more sturdy tool.
It took me about 45 minutes to put the chair together.
Our experience of using the Flexispot BS-8 Flexi-Chair
Having used this chair for a few weeks, we’re really happy with it.
It’s very comfortable to sit in, for starters. Being able to adjust so many elements means I’ve been able to get the chair setup perfectly for my body.
Sitting in it, I feel really supported, especially in the lower back. The fact that this chair is so adjustable means the whole family can use it in an optimum position too.
The seat pad is just the right level of firmness, allowing you to sink into it slightly, but not too much. With my old chair I often found that my thighs would feel a bit numb after sitting for a while; that’s not happening any more.
Generally, I’m feeling less stiff and uncomfortable after working at my desk. I also think that having a well-designed chair is encouraging me to think about my posture more while sitting, which can only be a good thing.
From an aesthetic point of view, I like the chair’s modern design, and the striped back section makes it feel a bit less ‘office’. I also love the fact that the castors are really quiet.
It’s worth pointing out that this is by no means a small office chair. It’s pretty big, and quite heavy. If you’re tight on space, or need to move your office chair between rooms, it may not be the best option.
Flexi-Chair ergonomic desk chair review conclusion
The BS8 Flexi-Chair is a great option if you need an ergonomic desk chair for your home office. It’s well-made, it looks good, and it has plenty of features to help you take care of your body while sitting at a desk.
It’s not the cheapest ergonomic office chair on the market, but I think the quality of the product and the support offered by the design makes it a good investment.
You can find out more about the BS8 Flexi-Chair on the Flexispot website. There’s a promotion running from 22-26 May with up to 33% off Flexispot products, so make sure you check that out too.
We’ve also reviewed the Flexispot Q8 standing desk, look out for a feature on this coming soon.
FlexiSpot supplied me with the Q8 Standing Desk and BS8 Flexi-Chair for review purposes. All comments and opinions are honest and based on my experience of using the products.