Finding the right office chair is not only an important task, it is also becoming more and more important as the time you spend in a seated position has increased with hectic work plans and the demands on careers in business areas. The problem is that finding a chair that fits your body is difficult unless you are ergonomic or have one available. The right office chair should support the body evenly, allow easy movement, be easy to adjust, offer long-term comfort and help maintain the correct posture. Just like people, office chairs come in different shapes and sizes. The problem is that not every person fits into a unified chair design, unless your proportions match the design of the chair perfectly. If your chair is not properly adjusted to your proportions, over time you will notice symptoms that can lead to more serious problems over time. Consider the following tips before you buy your next office chair.
The depth of a seat is an essential part of the general comfort of your office chair. If your seat is too small, you won’t get the support you need to keep your thighs comfortable all day. If your seat is too large, this will put pressure on the back of the knee, which can also cause discomfort. Measure the distance from the back of the knee to the backrest while sitting. You should have a gap of about one and a half inches or 2-3 fingers between the seat edge and the back of the knee. If you are not sure whether a seat is too short for you, you should look for a chair that has a slider that allows you to adjust the depth of your chair.
Your chair should allow you to sit on the floor with flat feet or on a footrest with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. This can be achieved with the correct seat height. Measure the height from the floor to the crease on the knee. Take into account the type of shoes that you normally wear at work. For example, the heel can increase the height of the required seat by a few centimeters. Most office chairs are only delivered with a cylinder size, which allows an adjustment range of around 4 inches. However, some ergonomic special chairs offer the option for cylinders of different heights, which can be useful for people of larger or smaller size.
Many of today’s computer users have neck / shoulder pain because their arms are raised and not supported. Armrests support the neck and shoulder muscles. However, if you’re not careful with your selection, they can restrict access to the keyboard or your desk. Armrests should not restrict movement or access to a workstation. The height of the armrest should correspond to the height of the elbow. It should not be higher or lower as this can cause discomfort. Look for armrests that are adjustable in width and height to properly adjust to your body’s needs. Shoulders and upper arms should generally be in line with the upper body approximately perpendicular to the floor and should be relaxed (not raised or stretched forward).
The shape of the backrest should follow the natural curve of your back. For this reason, many office chairs are provided with an S-shape curve to adapt to the natural shape of the back. Backrests are often fixed, making it difficult to properly support the natural shape of a larger or smaller user’s back. An adjustable backrest or lumbar support eliminates this problem and allows the user to position the backrest to match the shape of their spine. The height of the back is another problem. For those with upper back pain, it is important to find a larger back that fully supports their shoulders and neck.
The seat cushion should fully support your frame in both depth and width. A seat cushion that is too small does not provide complete support, and a seat cushion that is too large does not allow comfortable use of the armrests. Look at the distance between the armrests to make sure they’re not too wide where you need to reach to use the armrest, or too narrow where you can’t sit.