Comfort vs. Functionality: Why Are Gaming Chairs Gaining Popularity?

Gamers inevitably spend thousands of hours plugged into their entertainment, often enjoying their games so much that time passes very swiftly. The downside is that unless you have a really comfy chair that is designed to support you ergonomically while you play, it can be quite damaging. There are plenty of reasons you should consider getting one of the many available gaming chairs that are rapidly increasing in popularity.

Health Reasons

Sitting in the same position, making repetitive movements without taking regular breaks puts a lot of strain on your body. You’ll also be less likely to make sure you’re hydrated if you’re at a particularly crucial point of your game. The net result is that you can soon feel sluggish and unhealthy and even develop repetitive strain injury or RSI from playing for hours without resting. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or RSI is a serious condition that starts with searing pains in the wrists and can develop to become quite debilitating. You can also put a lot of strain on your back depending on the position of your chair relative to the screen and what kind of posture it puts you in.

Gaming chairs tend to take care of all these issues, even having plenty of storage for food and water so that you don’t have to abandon your game to eat. Most importantly, they are generally adjustable so that you can shift your position from time to time and prevent your body from seizing up in painful positions. A gaming chair with the right kind of lumbar support can prevent a lot of misery with back pain in the future.

Comfort

Dealing with an uncomfortable chair when you’re in the middle of a long gaming session is extremely annoying. Most gaming chairs focus heavily on comfort as this is the principal reason they have been created. Your gaming chair is as important as your mattress in terms of comfort and many now use memory foam to provide cushioning lumbar support at the same time. Gaming chairs are also specifically designed to allow you the freedom of movement to play your game better. With a properly designed chair, you don’t risk straining your back and shoulders by leaning forwards to get a better grip on your controls.

Durability

Gaming chairs are built to last and can endure hours and hours of your gaming pleasure. After all, it’s a piece of furniture that you’ll be likely using for considerable periods of time and so you want it to last as long as possible. A good chair should also be practical to clean and not be ruined by accidental spillages which are common when your mind is on the game. It’s important to choose a chair that has a comfortable and yet durable seat and back support that is easy to keep clean and will stand the test of time.

Let’s face it, gamers are all about the game and it’s more of a way of life than a hobby or pastime. That’s why it’s so important to get the right kind of gaming chair, so that you can enjoy your gaming lifestyle to the max!

Amol Wagh

Author of Game Marketing Book: Market Your Indie Game Like A Pro! 7 years of Tech Blogging & Digital Marketing. Co-founder at Dotline Inc & a Gamer. Follow me on Twitter @amolwagh, @amol.wagh