Are you having trouble choosing office chairs?
There are many options for office chairs today. What is the difference?
What makes one chair more comfortable or more ergonomic?
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the choices available.
It’s not as difficult as you might think to choose the right office chair. There is only one question when it comes ergonomics.
Here are some things to watch out for…
An ergonomic chair provides support to the body, reducing stress on the spine (full reviews read here). You should look for chairs that adapt to the body in each of the three areas: the seat, the lumbar support area, and the upper back. The back and seat should be contoured to support the user while also encouraging movement.
Good support is essential for movement and comfort. Look for chairs made of breathable materials and high-quality cushioning that doesn’t sink after a long period of sitting.
To provide the support required, a chair must first be comfortable for the person being seated. Here are some things to look out for.
You’ll find people of many sizes and proportions in any office. The adjustable parts of chairs allow for each person to be customized.
However, some ergonomic chairs now come with adjustable everything. You don’t even need a license to drive them. Herein lies the problem.
People won’t use adjustments that are difficult or not easy to use. People who don’t adjust the chair to suit them won’t be able to reap the benefits of the support. They may not find the chair comfortable and could sustain an injury.
A chair that is well-fitted will allow the user to:-comfortably place their feet on the ground
-With your thighs supported fully and parallel to the ground
Support the user’s back comfortably
-and the angle between the thighs, the torso and the hips should be approximately 90 to 105 degrees
The chair should allow for frequent changes in posture
Make sure you have the right fit
Look out for ergonomic chairs that allow users to make the following adjustments when searching for the right chair.
If the chair has arms, it is helpful to have an adjustable armrest position.
These are just some of the basic adjustments you should make. But, it is important to also consider the mechanism of your chair. It is important to have a chair that allows for freedom of movement. As with adjustments, you want a mechanism that is easy to drive.
The comfort test is the ultimate test of chair ergonomics. Invite your clients to participate. Let your clients choose from a variety of chairs and let them decide.
These are some tips to keep in mind when running a trial
Select a cross-section of job/task types and person sizes
Explain to them how they should sit and ask them to place the chair accordingly
Get their feedback on comfort and ease of use
Ask for feedback on both the initial and long-term comfort. This means that the trialist should be seated in the chairs at least for a day and preferably for several days.
Let’s return to the original question: Does the chair support the user as they sit down to work?
This is the question you should ask yourself next time that you are looking for office chairs. Think about support:
If you get that right, you will find the perfect ergonomic chair. As long as it passes sit testing.
Don’t forget to stand up regularly!
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