Choosing The Right Office Chair

An office chair is once of the most important piece of equipment that the office should consider. A comfortable, physically-supportive chair that fits you well would make a bid difference in the way your body feels throughout and at the end of your work day.

Having a wrong chair in your office such as those that are substandard or poorly adjusted would only lead to back pain and other ailments. Here are some tips on how to check for the right office chair for the comfort of all of your employees.

The erect posture – A good working chair should create a good upright working position as you sit. It should be able you to sit comfortably and supported in an erect posture, with feet flat on the ground, head tilted in a slightly downward position to perform work or view computer screens, and forearms and thighs at a 90-degree angle.

Height adjustment – Be sure to check out the range of the chair’s height adjustment. Make sure that your employees would be able to sit with their feet resting comfortably on the floor, thighs supported and parallel to the floor. Sitting too high or too low can cause discomfort, swelling, or pain.

Backrest – Look for a height-adjustable backrest that is sufficiently cushioned and provides lower back support. The best position for the back while seated is slightly reclined at 100 to 110 degrees, as opposed to the pin-straight 90 degrees. Tilting back should be easy to do, but not too easy. Chairs are available with adjustable tension settings that would allow the employees to increase or decrease the resistance of chair tilt.

Armrest – A cushioned and adjustable armrest is optimal. It should allow for the forearm to be in a 90-degree angle and should support the elbow. However, these can interfere with certain jobs or tasks, so you may want to consider purchasing a chair with removable armrests. Be sure that armrests do not prevent the chair occupant from being close enough to their keyboard or work table.

Chair seat – The chair should have at least an inch of space around the hips and thighs of each side. It should also have a sufficiently thick chair cushion for long-term comfort. The seat should also curve down slightly on the front edge. The back of the knees while sitting should not come in contact with the front edge, allowing at least a few inches of space between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees.

Fabric – Leather chairs may look expensive, but they are not the most comfortable chairs to sit in. Go for a chair with a breathable fabric that does not cause allergic reaction to skin.

Chair legs and casters – For stability, work chairs should have five legs. You should also stay away from any chair that has a front seat edge extending farther than the radius of the legs. Make sure the casters (or the wheels) on chair you select are designed for your particular floor surface.

Work load – The average time your employees typically spend on their work chair each day would have a significant impact on the chair your office needs. Heavy chair users like data entry workers, phone operators, and writers, should have the most ergonomic and ultra-comfortable chair possible, with a full range of adjustable features. Meanwhile, infrequent chair users would settle for just about any comfortable and durable chair.

 
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