Daily Blog - July 5th 2021
I've spent a lot of money on studio gear over the years. Some pieces served me well and really improved my results. Others (actually many of them) not so much. Eventually, more than ten years into my career, one thing I had always ignored turned out to be the best studio purchase of all.
Get yourself the best possible chair as soon as possible.
Seriously. Your health is more important than anything else and the more time you spend sitting, which is bad for you in and of itself, the more you want to make sure you're causing minimal damage and make your workday as enjoyable as possible.
Also, your work will suffer if you're not comfortable but distracted by the discomfort or back pain your chair is giving you.
And finally, back problems can cause all sorts of other issues, like headache, lack of sleep, lower sleep quality, not being able to focus and even hearing issues like tinnitus. Needless to say that all of these are to be avoided, as they will without a doubt compromise what you're able to pull off in your home studio.
"But I'm not doing this full time. Why should I care?"
You have to make that decision for yourself. Here are a couple of things to consider:
- How much time are you spending in that chair?
- Is it not only your home studio chair, but also your office chair where you spend your 8 work hours a day?
- Do you already have back problems? (hopefully not)
- Do you want to avoid them in the future? (please say yes)
- Will a better chair help you be more productive and make more music?
I can honestly say that my chair has been the best studio purchase I've ever made.
I went for the Herman Miller Aeron, one of the most expensive solutions, and the only thing I regret is not doing it earlier. You don't have to spend as much, but maybe you should. Depends on what works for you.
Try a couple of options (if you can), be honest with yourself, get the best you can afford (make it a priority in your budget and save somewhere else!) and never look back.
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