Tilting allowed: how ergonomic furniture allows for more movement

Several setting options: In an ergonomic armchair, the height of the backrest can be adjusted and adapted to the body size. “An individually adjustable lumbar support for the lower back is also important, so that the back stays in the natural S-curve and corrects the posture,” says Wiesner-Hager managing director Laura Wiesner.

The seat should also be height-adjustable and shiftable so that there is a hand’s breadth of space between the hollow of the knee and the seat when sitting. “That avoids blood congestion and legs falling asleep.” For optimal ergonomics, the height of the desk should also be adjustable so that you can work while standing.

The first impression is not decisive: “Even if the design is in the foreground for private customers – the function remains important,” says Christian Fiala from Leitner Ergomöbel. “Some materials feel hard and uncomfortable when you try them out, but over time the material heats up and the seating comfort changes.” Buying an ergonomic office chair is like buying a new couch. “You have to deal with it longer, so we give our customers two-week test phases,” says Fiala.

Tax: Employees who purchase ergonomic furniture can deduct this as income-related expenses for tax purposes. On the website of the Ministry of Finance it says: “For 2020 and 2021, a total of 300 euros and of this for 2020 a maximum of 150 euros may be claimed.” The employee must have worked at least 26 days per year in the home office.

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