Ergonomics of the Office Chair

December 25th, 2017

Ergonomics is the new buzz word in office furniture.  Ergonomic office desks and chairs can be costly so are they really worth it?
Well, we have established that a happy worker is the most productive worker and being comfortable when we work is an important factor to happiness.

When I first started working from home I sat on a dining room chair to work at my computer, my dining room table was my computer desk, every 2 hours I would have to get up and walk around to get the circulation going again in my legs.  I had never sat for such a lengthy time on my dining room chair because it doesn’t take me 2 hours to eat a meal!

Eventually, I plumped for an ergonomic office chair and a proper office desk and the difference was noticeable immediately.  No more dead legs, no more neck and back strain – I was in seventh heaven and the hours have started to rush by as I happily sit and work away enjoying my new office furniture.

So when you are looking for a comfortable office chair, here are some tips for what to look for:

A five leg base with castors is best, it gives a chair better stability when moving around and reclining.

It must have a backrest to support your upper and lower back either by picking an office chair with multiple adjusters which are built into the backrest or an office chair with the backrest incorporated that will shape itself to support your entire back.

Your office chair must have arm rests; these should be adjustable and wide enough to allow you to rest your arms comfortably whilst working.

The seat needs to be wide enough to give you full support when seated.

Your office chair cover should be made from a breathable material allowing air to get to your body and prevent you from getting hot/sticky.

The seat height on your office chair needs be adjustable to allow your feet to sit flat on the floor and allowing your thighs to be parallel to the floor

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