Office chair armrests are often overlooked by people. Especially in time where your home is your office you can sit in any chair. But we forget that we work for a long time of more than 6 hours average.
And while we work remotely, we can neglect the fact that we do not commute and we spend most of our time sitting.
There are some serious issues that can come up from sitting too much, especially on an uncomfortable chair like most of you have at home. The chairs might be nice, but they are for eating, dining, not for work.
The armrests of an office chair are an important part of a working chair. They help support your upper body and can help minimize strain on your neck and shoulders while working. Additionally, chairs without armrests can encourage slumping and lead to back problems.
Despite being a must for anyone who spends long hours at their desk, some people are also put off by the material armrests are made of because plastic armrests can cause sweating and forearm pressure.
However, you can easily take care of that problem by investing in office chair arm covers or by making them yourself.
How To Make Office Chair Arm Covers:
The first part of your office chair to fray or get damaged is the armrests.
To avoid discolored or ratty looking armrests, you can make DIY arm covers to protect the upholstery from wear and tear, and yourself from polyester induced sweaty armrests.
First, measure and purchase.
Before you get too anxious, you should know this method requires no stitching whatsoever. All you need to do is get the measurements of your armrests and purchase some thick cotton fabric, preferably in a shade closest to your armchair color.
Make sure to purchase enough fabric for two armrests with a little extra material, around three inches extra for each armrest.
Second, cut and spray.
Once you’re done with that, measure the fabric so that you have two equal sides, and mark it down with the appropriate pencil or marker.
Proceed to cut out two equal portions and lightly spray the wrong side of the material with non slip spray.
That’s about it.
Your non stitch DIY arm covers are ready for use.
If you’re not a fan of DIY projects, there’s always the option of purchasing ready made office chair arm covers.
There are many varieties of arm covers available on the market, if you know what to look for.
3 Factors To Consider When Buying Office Chair Arm Covers:
When you’re thinking about buying arm covers for your office chair, there are certain factors you should keep in mind to ensure your comfort and convenience. Here are a few of the major pointers you take into consideration.
1. Appropriate Construct Materials.
If your office chair’s armrests are made of hard plastic, it best to buy arm covers that include sponge padding and are made of a breathable material like polyester. Some arm covers also come equipped with an anti slip base that ensures your arm covers don’t slip and slide as you move.
2. Easy Cleaning and Maintenance.
Some padded armrest covers have elastic fastenings while others include hidden zippers. It’s crucial for any arm covers you purchase to be removable so that cleaning and maintaining them is convenient.
3. Durable Foam or Memory Foam.
Make sure any armrest you purchase is high quality and able to withstand prolonged use. You can also invest in a cover made of memory foam for extra ease and comfort.
Keep in mind that you spend significant amount of time working. Make sure that the way you work is healthy for your body posture. The difference small tweaks to something you do daily can make is huge. So use it in your benefit.