I Just Upgraded My WFH Chair and My Lower Back Has Never Been More Grateful (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

updated May 24, 2021
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Lately, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about my new work-from-home chair, which has made the aches and pains from crouching over my laptop all day a thing of the past. It’s well-cushioned, adjustable in every way, and undeniably worth every penny.

Since working from home seems to be lasting much longer than expected, it’s important to create a home office setup with quality furniture. After accepting that working from my kitchen table was no longer cutting it, I invested in an inexpensive yet portable office desk from Amazon (which I previously raved about here.) Next I needed a chair — one that was ergonomic and actually designed for extended hours sitting (unlike the dining room chair I’d swiped from my mom). I’ve always had issues with lower back pain, so I took my time to carefully search the web for a chair that came with plenty of lumbar support and a far enough backrest tilt to help ease the pressure throughout the day. I discovered the FlexiSpot Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair, and after combing through its endless five-star reviews, decided to order one for myself. It was love at first sit.

The FlexiSpot chair comes unassembled, but don’t let that scare you. Putting it together was super easy; it even came with its own screwdriver. The instructions were clear and straightforward, and the company included extra screws in case any got lost or damaged. Nice touch, but the real test was actually cozying up in this bad boy.

The first time I sat in the chair, I immediately noticed how soft yet supportive its cushion was. Everything on this chair — from the seat depth to the headrest — is adjustable, and the chair’s mesh fabric is super cool and breathable. But the real seller? The added 3D lumbar support cushion, which has taken so much tension off my lower back.

Like all the other bells and whistles on this chair, the lumbar cushion is adjustable. It ergonomically conforms to the neck and spine, so my back never ends up strained after a day of typing and tuning into Zoom meetings. As of late, I’ve also noticed the lumbar cushion has slightly improved my posture. I have a nasty habit of slouching, especially when laser-focused on an assignment, so when my lower back is no longer touching the lumbar cushion, it’s a cue that my posture needs attention and that I should sit up straighter. When I want to give my back a stretch, I simply lean back, and the chair’s 45-degree-angle tilt takes care of the rest.

After giving this chair a whirl for a couple of months, I’m happy to find that it’s just as sturdy and stable as it was the day I put it together. I no longer feel achy and stiff after a day’s work, and I’m now one step closer to having a complete home office/bedroom set up. Though the Soutien is one of FlexiSpot’s more expensive models, for me it’s worth every penny now that my lower back pains have subsided. Besides getting to take meetings in yoga pants, this office chair just became my favorite thing about working from home. And here’s more good news: Through May 30, you can save 15 percent off sitewide in celebration of FlexiSpot Day!

Buy: FlexiSpot Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair, $239.99 (normally $299.99)