Selecting the Right Office Chair

Do you spend many hours a day at your work desk? If the answer is yes, then it is important to have a chair that enables you to work comfortably, in the correct posture.

While most chairs are adjustable, does your chair have the necessary adjustments to cater for your specific needs?

If you have experienced pain in your back, shoulders or neck at the end of your working day, it is probably time for you to swap your existing chair to one that is more comfortable and ergonomic.

Ergonomic office chairs can be readily adjusted to suit your individual requirements and are designed to allow you to sit in the correct position, and maintain good posture. Once set up, ergonomic chairs feel far more comfortable than the traditional office chair.

Below are some of the benefits of using an ergonomic chair:

  • It can help to support your posture: It is important to assume the correct posture while seated at your desk. Unlike traditional chairs, ergonomic chairs have seat and back adjustments that help to support correct posture.
  • It reduces the risk of strains and injury: Ergonomic chairs offer support for your shoulders, back, hips and legs. They can help to prevent soreness, strains and work-related injuries due to using a chair that is ill suited to the tasks you perform.
  • It can help to reduce tiredness: Sitting in a comfortable chair that is ergonomically correct for you will help to improve your focus and concentration and reduce fatigue.

Below are five factors to consider when buying office chair.

  • Adjustable seat height
    • The height of your chair is one of the most important factors to consider. When buying an office chair, it needs to be able to adjust to suit your height and particular requirements. A chair that also has a seat angle adjustment can be beneficial for those doing concentrated computer work.
  • Seat size and padding
    • The length and width of the seat should be suitable in terms of your height and size. For taller users, a seat slide is recommended. A moulded, shaped seat foam is preferable as it generally provides better support. The seat thickness should also be considered, as a thicker seat foam generally provides greater comfort.
  • Lower back support
    • Lumbar support is important as it helps you to maintain the right posture and protect against lower back pain. A chair should have adjustable lumbar support if more than one person is likely to use the chair
  • Back angle
    • A back angle adjustment enables you to recline, or lock the back in an upright position. Having the ability to recline and lean back in your chair can help to relieve back pressure.
  • Arm Rest
    • Although it’s not necessary to have arms on your chair, they can provide support and help to maintain the correct arm and wrist position when typing. They can also help to protect against strains and injuries such as RSI.
  • Chair Material
    • When buying your office chair, you will need to consider the upholstery. Aside from standard type fabrics, a leather look PU fabric or genuine leather upholstery are often options. While PU and leather can enhance the look and quality of a chair, they are not ‘breathable’. Leather upholstery also commands a premium price.