In my humble opinion, office chairs don’t receive the attention they deserve. More consideration is paid to the desk you sit at. Obviously, the office desk and surrounding office design is crucial to productivity, however, the office chair shouldn’t be the last thing on your check list. When you sit at work all day, your office chair can make all the difference. An uncomfortable or improperly adjusted office chair can have a knock effect to your efficiency within the work place. Furthermore, poor posture can lead to neck problems, back pain, headaches and even digestive problems. Issues that could have a detrimental effect on your life outside of work.
Throughout this blog, I will be giving advice on exactly how to find the perfect office chair to suit your requirements.
Seats should be wide enough to support an even distribution of your weight. While seated, your feet should rest flat on the floor and feel comfortable. A height adjustable chair will help you accurately find this ideal position.
A seat with a waterfall edge (a slope at the front) promotes better leg circulation. The seat should comfortably support your thighs and leave no pressure behind your knees.
For the ideal seating position, your eyes should be level with the screen, with your feet flat on the floor and your wrists resting on the desk. Your shoulders and back should be relaxed to keep good posture.
If you are not going to be using your office chair that frequently, you might not need to look for many additional features. Nevertheless, if you use the chair for long periods of time, you'll certainly appreciate having a range of adjustment features.
Office Chair Feature Functions/Benefits
Adjustable height/gas lifts - Height adjustable functions provide an easy way to adjust the height of your seat, while providing a more cushioned feel. If you want to sit comfortably on the same chair every day, it's a good idea to raise or lower the seat until you can rest your feet flat on the floor so you're not restricting the blood supply to your lower legs and feet.
Lumbar/back support – Lumbar support is provided through gentle curves in the backrest of the chair or inserts placed into the body of the backrest. Lumbar support can be adjusted to support your back in the areas where you need it most, promoting good positioning and evading strain.
Tilt - Tilting the seat widens the angle between your body and thighs, this sends more oxygen to your muscles and helps you to breathe better. Tilt the chair forwards or backwards until you find an angle you like and then simply lock it in place.
Swivel - Most office chairs can swivel around 360° on their base, giving you excellent manoeuvrability. This makes it easy to reach other parts of your desk without twisting or injuring your back.