What chair do you use for programming? RRS feed

  • Question

    • What chair do you use for programming? any special chair?
    • How many hours do you use it daily?
    • Which chair do you recommend for back and neck pain? (links)
    • What do you think about this 0-gravity chairs review models?
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:41 AM

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  • What are you taking about? What does this have to do with VB.NET?
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:03 AM
  • You need to get up and away from the computer, exercise, etc, many hours or you will injure yourself.

    One time I was on a hot project that I loved and for about siz months I must have spent most of my time at the computer. You know...? Then I finally burned the production CD (1995 cutting edge of course) and mailed it and I sat down and realised my body was a wreck.

    I had to remake my desk so the keyboard and mouse were in my lap more (using a custom slide out keyboard and mouse tray under the desktop). And my mouse arm was supported at the elbow (by the arm of a recliner chair) and the keyboard (ms egonomic angles) mouse pad was at the correct position not to bend my wrist and arm wrong and etc.

    Now I use a recliner (I don't actually recline) with a wireless keyboard in my lap etc and table to the right of the chair arm for the mouse in the living room in front of my large screen TV. There is a computer monitor on the table and the TV is a second monitor if desired.

    And I dont sit here all day most of the time I am up and physical around the house etc. Of course I dont write as much code as I used to.

    You need to get away from the computer. Your hands, arm, legs, back and eyes will be sore and most everything else too. Some say you should stand now I am sure you saw the commercials.

    Main thing I believe is move around often.

    And yes to the off topic cornfield with you after everyone has their say!


    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:48 AM
  • They have those desks that raise,  and you can standup and work on the computer. 


    The company I worked at supplied the standing desk for every worker sitting at a desk.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:16 AM
  • In the companies I've work for a specialist is available to access what is best for a person. Walk around my current team and nobody (10 developers) has the same chair, same desk height. Two have the option to stand or sit. For home coding I had an assessment done by a friend (physical therapist) and ended up with a chair for a trade in services, made software recommendations.

    If you are serious about the right chair expect to pay between $500 to $1000. Best advice is to find someone who can access your needs rather than simply purchasing the best chair in your price range.

    The worst thing I've seen in close to 30 years as a developer is that the majority of developers fail to take breaks, my recommendation is at least a break each hour. Get up, walk around at the very least. My current company provides a full gym with showers for five dollars a month, I use the gym on average four times a week with two other co-workers.

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    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:38 AM
  • My current company provides a full gym with showers for five dollars a month, 

    Really, that is a tax free benefit they can give because it improves the result of the workers. 


    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:10 PM
  • You need to get up and away from the computer, exercise, etc, many hours or you will injure yourself.

    Too much truth. I work from home so unless I'm dispatched to a client site I'm pretty much chained to my chair and the terminal in front of it. I actually have 3 different chairs, nothing special about them except extra-wide seats and a back that's kind of "wavy" so it provides lower and upper back support. Bought all from the same office supply store. I get tired of one chair after awhile and switch to another one as my primary/desk chair. Not really sure why.

    What's most important is (surprisingly enough) all that pointless crap you should have learned in your junior high school "keyboarding" class. You want your back straight. You don't want your wrists to be lower than your forward knuckles, so make that extra effort not to "rest" your forearms or the heels of your hands against the keyboard or desk (and never, NEVER use one of those worthless gel-pillow things that's intended to let you rest your arms on it). Same goes for while operating your mouse. Your hands should kind of "hover" over the HID device and really no more than your fingertips should ever be in contact with it. You want a quality mousepad more than a quality desk chair. Something with a good/steady grip in the underneath and something with a nice coarse surface that's porous enough to facilitate your mouse's "granularity" but not too smooth so your mouse requires a little actual push to move around. No big arm movements. No leaning close to the screen while bearing down on the mouse.

    I also have an incline bench, a variety of one-hand dumbbell weights, and a heavy bag in this office. You need to remember to get off your ass and work your muscles sometimes. Period. At one time I was seeing the chiropractor more than any member of my family and I was still living with chronic lower/middle/upper back and neck pain. Since putting the workout gear in the same room as my workstation I haven't seen the chiro at all and I don't get aches and pains unless I'm actually ill.

    Before you can learn anything new you have to learn that there's stuff you don't know.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:31 PM