Most jobs require constant sitting throughout the working day, which is why a comfortable and adjustable office chair is essential. As the number of desk jobs grows, so does the need for additional office chairs in companies. Before choosing a new office chair for your company, there are a few factors to consider to ensure that you or your employees can sit comfortably throughout the workday. The most important features of a chair that have to be considered when choosing a new office chair are seat, backrest, mechanism and armrests. If all four of these components are selected taking into account individual needs, a healthy sitting experience is almost guaranteed. However, being overlooked can lead to uncomfortable pain. One area where people are most difficult to determine which one is best for them is the seat.
Why is the seat so important?
The office chair seat is probably the second most important part of an office chair next to the backrest. You stay here for the whole working day. So if your seat is not tailored to your body, you will have discomfort throughout the day. A seat that is too small for the individual does not provide enough support for the thighs and causes you to feel tired when you have to adjust further to find a comfortable position. If the seat is too large, the front edge of the seat will dig into the hollow of the knee and proper blood flow to the legs is not guaranteed. In this situation with a too large seat, many people lean forward, which leads to the backrest not being used properly, which ultimately leads to back pain not being properly supported by your back.
Perfect seat size
The seat shell should be long / deep enough so that it does not come into contact with the back of the knee when you are sitting in the back of your chair. The width of your seat should be at least an inch wider than the width of your hips, but not wide enough if you can’t rest your arms on your armrests without stretching them at an awkward angle. The seat pan is the right size if the user can put two fingers between the back of the knee and the front of the seat edge. For taller people, a seat slide can be used that allows the user to pull a lever up to get the depth of the seat on and off a chair. A back depth adjuster can also increase the depth of the seat by typically turning a knob that allows the back to be moved in and out instead of the seat. This is a more difficult adjustment and usually requires the user to get up from his chair to adjust it.
How to determine the correct seat size
If your current office chair is right for you, it’s best to measure the depth and width of your chair to make sure the next office chair you buy is the same size. If your chair is too short or too long, you need to measure yourself or have someone measure you. Measure from the back of your knee to your back with a tape measure to determine the depth you need for your seat. When you’ve done this measurement, add about one to one and a half inches to leave room between the front of the seat and the back of your knees. In this way you can determine the required seat depth. As already mentioned, you must also have the correct seat width if you use armrests on your chair. The width of the chair should be about an inch or two wider than your hips.
All of these factors together help you and your employees achieve a comfortable sitting experience and increase productivity by avoiding distractions such as back pain, which often result in you sitting in a chair that is too big or too small for the individual .