Reviewing The Whitham Swivel Recliner Chair
For years I have struggled with backpain. It’s kinda part of the territory I suppose as I’m sitting at a desk for at least 8 hours a day blogging but everyone used to tell me to change my chair and I just dismissed them saying ‘Nah, it’s just my crappy fibromyalgia and I’ll just have to live with it.’
It got to the point though where the pain was just quite simply unbearable. Plus, it’s so difficult to sit at a chair with hot water bottles on your legs (heat really helpe my pain) when you’re sitting at a typical desk chair. So, I went on the hunt for a new chair.
Ergonomic this and that
Have you ever had to search for a new desk chair? Normally we’re just given them when you start a job which inevitably has questionable stains from your predecessor and you just put up with it, right? Well, when you work from home and you’re your own boss, you can’t count on those skandy hand-me-down chairs anymore. But there are so many types to choose from. Ergonomic back, memory foam pad, mesh material for breathablity. Some have pumps you can inflate for lumbar support, others give you no option for an customisation to improve your posture. I mean, it’s a minefield.
Forgetting what I’m told and going for what I needed
When I told my best mate what I wanted to get, a nice soft, wide chair where I can sit any way I wanted, she replied “I don’t think that will help with your back problems, you need something that will support you.” And, sure, I get that, and it’s great advice for a ‘normal’ person, but for me, with my chronic pain disorder, I need to be able to change positions frequently and sit the way I’m comfortale, not the way HSE tells me I should. So I set off to find something that was the complete opposite to anything I’d ever sat in before and waved bye to my lovely and aesthetically pleasing original desk chair.
Finding my perfect chair
I came across this chair, the Witham Swivel Recliner Chair via Google on Dumelm’s website and while looking at it, I ws surprised to see it in their office chairs section as it looked a bit low, but it looked perfect. Plus, added bonus, it came with a footstall which would be great from stopping the inevatable swelling I experience in my feet due to the fibro. £226 was a lot of money to spend on something I had to drive 1hr to collect and then build myself if it turned out it was wrong. But I took a leap of faith and ordered it. And I’m SO pleased did!
My daughter and I had a girls night in (she’s 3) and after I’d made us pizza’s, painted our nails and we were watching PawPatrol for the hundreth time, I said “Hey, shall we go build mummy’s new chair?” she jumped up, super excited and off we went and I’m incredibly proud to say that we built it all on our own and without the help of the hubby!
I will admit to putting the arms on backwards, but hey, we all make mistakes and actually it was really straight forward to build.
The instructions were clear and how the nuts and bolts were laid out in special numbered pouches really helped to see what went where. Plus, it gave me a teaching opportunity with my daughter to help find the number 13 screw. Perfect!
Oh so low
Ok, so there was definately some user error on my side while measuring the height of my old chair and comparing it to the new chair and I was faced with being about 10cm lower than normal and I nearly cried at the propsect of having to send it back. Luckily, I have a very handy hubby who sawed off the legs of my desk so the desk was the right height! So, be warned, if you buy this thinking it’ll fit a standard height desk, it won’t. But don’t let that put you off because this chair is A-Mazing!
Yet oh so comfy!
I’ve been using this chair now for 10 days and I’ve had zero backpain, zero neck pain. Plus, the cat really seems to love it!