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With more people working remotely — and especially now, in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — having a well-appointed home office is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. And since research shows that sitting can be hazardous to our health, a standing desk chair, like the PerchRite Standing Desk Stool ($315, Amazon), could be just what the doctor ordered.
Whether you work at a desk, dining table, or kitchen counter, the PerchRite is the perfect place to sit, stand, or lean. It’s adjustable, with a height range of 20 to 43 inches, and features “no-bounce” cylinders to ensure stability. A thick rubber mat at the base gives you a soft place to plant your feet and reduce standing fatigue. (And is removable, in case you prefer it without.)
Sharing your new work-from-home office with kids who are doing online school, or a partner who is also working from home? A wheeled base lets you easily relocate your workstation to a quieter room, or just enjoy a change of scene.
Changing positions and moving your body throughout the day is key to feeling less fatigued and being more productive, and a standing desk chair allows you to do just that. Besides keeping you alert, standing instead of sitting can help ward off obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar — all of which researchers have linked to sitting for long periods of time.
“I’m drawn to the idea that human bodies are made to be fluid, doing various tasks throughout the day,” wrote one Amazon customer, who gave this standing desk chair a five-star review. “The modern world doesn’t allow many of us to do that, but at least the PerchRite can get us close and help us change positions regularly — not sitting all day.”
Another happy reviewer wrote, “It works great both in sitting and standing mode … I can lean back with my full weight without fear of falling back. I’m a fan of the soft mat on the base that keeps my feet from hurting when standing for prolonged periods. The seat is firm, but because it’s shaped to my body, It’s pretty comfortable to sit on. I definitely recommend it.”
The stool does require assembly, but comes with all the hardware and tools you need to put it together. “Anyone who has assembled IKEA furniture should be just fine with the PerchRite,” wrote one reviewer.
Working from home can be challenging, but having a comfortable place to sit — or rather, stand — definitely helps!
Where to buy: $315, Amazon