Chairs for office and commercial use covers a very wide area. They can range from basic stacker chairs through to office chairs to large executive chairs.
Choosing Ergonomic Office Chairs
Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair —a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine. Therefore, to avoid developing or compounding back problems, it’s important to have an office chair that’s ergonomic and that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.
What Kind of Ergonomic Office Chair is Best?
There are many types of ergonomic chairs available for use in the office. No one type of office chair is necessarily the best, but there are some things that are very important when choosing ergonomic office chairs. These things will allow the individual user to make the chair work well for his or her specific needs.
What Features Should a Good Ergonomic Office Chair Possess?
In first considering the “conventional” style of office chair, there are a number of things an ergonomic chair should have, including:
- Seat height. Office chair seat height should be easily adjustable. The chair should allow the user to have his or her feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.
- Seat width and depth. The seat should have enough width and depth to support any user comfortably. The depth needs to be enough so that the user can sit with his or her back against the backrest while leaving 50 to 100mm between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair. The forward or backward tilt of the seat should be adjustable.
- Lumbar support. Lower back support in an ergonomic chair is very important. The lumbar spine has an inward curve, and sitting for long periods without support for this curve tends to lead to slouching (which flattens the natural curve) and strains the structures in the lower spine.
- Backrest. The backrest should be adjustable in height and angle. It should be able to support the natural curve of the spine, again with special attention paid to proper support of the lumbar region.
- Seat material. The material on the office chair seat and back should have enough padding to be comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. Having a cloth fabric that breathes is preferable to a harder surface.
Choosing ergonomic office chairs is a very important decision but if you look for the good ergonomic features listed above the choice will be well made.
If you are unsure how the chair will work in your situation ask for a trial. Townsville Office Furniture offers a 3 Day Trial.