When you sit on your furniture at home, do you feel like it was designed to support good posture? Do you find yourself slumping and putting pressure on your spine? Does your back, neck, hips, or legs get sore? Sometimes we don’t even notice until we stand up. Then it hits us.
Most of us are well aware of the importance of good posture, but when we sit on a sofa or chair, we often find ourselves fighting to sit up straight.
Why? Most sofas and chairs are not designed with your posture in mind. They’ve been designed for aesthetics. When shoppers browse for furniture, most of them are shopping with their eyes. They might sit down a bit and try it out, but in a store or showroom, it’s difficult to judge the ergonomics of a chair or sofa properly. There are several important factors to choosing ergonomic furniture, but the depth of your furniture is often overlooked.
When you sit down, your back should be against the sofa, your knees should be level with your hips, and your feet should be planted squarely on the floor with your knees at a 90 degree angle. The back of your knees—where the joints are—should be a few inches beyond the edge of the sofa cushion or flat against it.
Generally, the ideal depth of a sofa is approximately 20-22”. If, for example, your sofa is 26”, and your knees are above the cushion when you sit properly, you should place a pillow behind your back to fill in those couple of inches and give you the support you need to sit healthily. Otherwise, you will have to slump in your chair to get any back support. Many sofas have dimensions best suited for tall people.
DuoBed ottomans are 36″ X 36″ and we designed the sofa back pillow to be 14″ thick so that a DuoBed sofa or chair will be 22″ deep. It’s the ideal depth for most people. And DuoBed’sAmazing DuoPillow has been designed as the perfect back support pillow. Its special, wedge-like shape encourages excellent posture, supporting the spine and improving any sitting position. Most other pillows are designed for either decoration or head support when you’re lying down. And the Amazing DuoPillow contains a high-density foam and a nonallergenic feather-blend filling that compresses to your body, yet still give you the solid support you need to sit up straight.
The feathers are even encased in pockets to prevent shifting so the Amazing DuoPillow will always retain its shape and the feathers will never fall to the bottom. The same high-density polyurethane foam is used in all DuoBed products because it gives you the right amount of comfort, support, and durability. It won’t crumble or lose its shape for 10 years under normal use--guaranteed.
So the next time you sit in your chair or sofa, check if it’s the right depth for you. Does you back rest firmly against the back of the sofa with you feet square against the floor?