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Poll: Do you use a footrest while you work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you use a footrest while you work?".

This poll was originally submitted by Eduard Urgell. View the poll results »



 

Teresa Borges
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No Dec 18, 2019

I have adjusted the seat height so that my feet are flat on the floor and my knees are equal to, or slightly lower, than my hips and for lumbar support I bought a small special cushion (Orthia) to avoid lower back pain.

 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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No Dec 18, 2019

I usually use a kneeling chair when I work. It stimulates me to sit up straight, although I still find myself slumping more often than I would like.
I have a fitness ball I used when my back gave me trouble, but I have not used it since I changed my monitor height.
I sometimes work on my laptop (mainly when translating from Portuguese as most of my reference material is on my laptop) which I place on an improvised standing desk.

I don't have a good "normal" office chair
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I usually use a kneeling chair when I work. It stimulates me to sit up straight, although I still find myself slumping more often than I would like.
I have a fitness ball I used when my back gave me trouble, but I have not used it since I changed my monitor height.
I sometimes work on my laptop (mainly when translating from Portuguese as most of my reference material is on my laptop) which I place on an improvised standing desk.

I don't have a good "normal" office chair and the hard kitchen chairs and bench are not very comfortable for long stretches of working.

[Edited at 2019-12-18 08:40 GMT]
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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No, but I do kick the wall a lot Dec 18, 2019

Eduard Urgell wrote:
Do you use a footrest while you work?


I suppose you mean a separate furnishing that you put both your feet on while you work, and not a crossbar that is part of the chair, or a calf rest integrated to the chair, or parts of the desk that you're able to put your feet on.

HIPS-Footrest-with-Comfortable-Height-and-Angle-to-Relieve-Pressure-on-Back-of-Lower-Thighs

No, I don't, mostly because I like to move my feet around quite a lot, depending on how I shift my posture. Footrests are good for people who sit in the same position for long periods of time, or for people whose circulation get cut off if they dangle their feet, or for people with sufficient room under their desks to stretch their legs, or for people with short enough legs that their knees don't bump against the underside of the desk.

Also, I find it curious that most people use a footrest sloping upwards. I find that very uncomfortable. A downward sloping footrest (i.e. turn the thing around) is far more comfortable.

Marjolein Snippe wrote:
I don't have a good "normal" office chair and the hard kitchen chairs and bench are not very comfortable for long stretches of working.


I use an old wooden diningroom chair with an upright back and a cushion, with the feet (or legs... a chair has legs, right?) nailed to a dolly wheel board. To compensate for the increased height, I sawed off an inch or so from the feet. And if I get up for any reason, the seat is warm when I get back, because there is a cat on it.



[Edited at 2019-12-18 10:31 GMT]


Elías Sauza
 

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Circulation. Dec 18, 2019

Samuel Murray wrote:

Also, I find it curious that most people use a footrest sloping upwards. I find that very uncomfortable.


It's done to stimulate the circulation. At my former workplace a colleague used this all the time, by doctor's recommendation, as she had a problem with varicose vein in one of her legs. I tried it once and it felt really good, like a soft massage, kind of a soothing sensation. However, I also believe that it makes your body and feet too fixed if you are sitting like this for a long time. I was thinking about getting and using one in the car for long road trips.


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saddle chair & kneeling chair Dec 18, 2019

I switch between these two for varied positions, and for the reason a foot rest would not work (with either).

 

Florian Wollenschein  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 18, 2019

I use a foot rest and it has been one of the BEST INVESTMENTS I have made. Absolutely recommended.

Cheerio,
Florian


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Other Dec 18, 2019

It's a wooden board with three nubby rolls on each side. Rolling my feet across it keeps the blood circulation flowing.

 

Togobickij Vera  Identity Verified
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My printer. Dec 18, 2019

My printer.

 

Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
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Highly recommended! Dec 18, 2019

This is just one of the many benefits:
- Elevate legs to improve posture and blood circulation.
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Tina Vonhof
 

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I do and it is great Dec 18, 2019

Florian Wollenschein wrote:

I use a foot rest and it has been one of the BEST INVESTMENTS I have made. Absolutely recommended.

Cheerio,
Florian


 

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a chair Dec 18, 2019

Hello!
I use a chair in front of my desk (it's the "visitor's chair )


 

Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
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No, but thanks for making me think about this Dec 18, 2019

I think I'll give it a try.

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Tina Vonhof
Canada
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Couldn't live without it Dec 18, 2019

I'm 5'1". Every desk, every table is too high for me. Unfortunately, my desk has metal legs, so I can't saw them off. In order to be able to have my hands placed properly on the keyboard and the mouse, and also because I see better when I'm looking down at the screen, I need to raise my chair so high that my feet don't touch the ground. Even with the footrest (the same one Samuel shows in the picture) only the front of my feet touch the footrest (hence it needs to slope upward) but it's enough. ... See more
I'm 5'1". Every desk, every table is too high for me. Unfortunately, my desk has metal legs, so I can't saw them off. In order to be able to have my hands placed properly on the keyboard and the mouse, and also because I see better when I'm looking down at the screen, I need to raise my chair so high that my feet don't touch the ground. Even with the footrest (the same one Samuel shows in the picture) only the front of my feet touch the footrest (hence it needs to slope upward) but it's enough. All in all I'm quite comfortable with this setup, and once settled in I can easily work an hour or two without moving.Collapse


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Dec 19, 2019

I have disproportionately long legs. In my current circumstances, a foot rest would double me up even more.

I would like to have a foot rest to massage my feet, but that would mean getting a higher desk and chair.


 
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