Searching For The Perfect Office Chair

Searching For The Perfect Office Chair

You may not want to sit down for this; working in an office job and/ or sitting down all day is so detrimental to your health.

Sitting in the wrong position, at the wrong height or at a bad angle can cause an abundance of issues such as fatigue, back pain, headaches and muscle tension.

Whilst the way you sit will affect your body significantly, the obvious place to start is looking at your chair. Is it proper for the job? Does it support you in the best way it could or is it time to replace? Buying new chairs for yourself and your employees, can be a confusing process if you’re not sure what you are looking for.

Therefore, we’ve come up with a few tips and guidelines of things to consider when buying a new office chair.

 

What is an Ergonomic Chair?

The goal for ergonomic furniture is one of greater physical comfort, improving efficiency & productivity, promoting wellbeing, and preventing injury.

An ergonomic chair is therefore one that has been designed specifically for a range of users to provide complete rest and support to the main structures of the body which are otherwise prone to stress.

You’ll find that most office chairs are now ergonomic and combine a number of features to ensure your comfort, but what should you be looking out for when purchasing a new office chair? Find out below:

  1. Seat height

No two bodies are the same, which means a standard chair isn’t going to be a perfect fit for all. An ergonomic purchase on the other hand will ensure that your employees are not putting strain on their bodies due to a poor seat height..

With the need for individuals to be  sat adjacent to the desk correctly there are a number of simple checks to ensure that you and your employees are adopting the correct position:

  • Make sure that both of your feet are planted firmly on the floor
  • Your legs should be positioned at a 90 degree angle
  • Ensure that you forearms are resting parallel to the work surface

Hint: If the desk is too high for its user, consider using a foot stall to support their positioning.

  1. Lumbar Support

Back pain is a particular bug bearer for employees and employers alike.

The lumbar support on a chair works to maintain the natural curvature of the spine by filling the gap between your back and the seat without creating additional pressure points.

The lumbar support – an adjustable feature located on the lower back of your chair – should have both height and depth adjustable features to ensure proper support of the inward curve of the lower back.

Preventing against slouching and lower spine strain a lumbar support feature will also encourage oxygen to move to your muscles and increase blood flow to the brain thus improving focus.

Your natural lordotic curve and lumbosacral discs will say thank you.

  1. Back & Arm Rests

Backrests can range from a simple, universally sized back, to an all singing all dancing back piece. Many backrests are separate from the seat, allowing it to be adjustable in height and angle with all the correct supports in place.

Your budget will all play a part in this, but the general rule is that the more you can adjust , the greater the support.

In addition to the backrest, your armrests should be supporting your arms whilst both working and resting to allow you to get closer to your desk items such as your mouse, keyboard and notepad. In addition the arms can help ensure that your shoulders aren’t hunched over thus continuing to support your posture.

Both these features work together  to continue to allow the body to efficiently allow oxygen to flow, again improving your focus & health  and keep you refreshed & energised.

  1. Swivel

 Yes we all like to swivel around in our chair on the odd occasion (right?) but this freedom of movement is an important feature of any office chair. The ability to move freely around in your chair not only fights against muscle strain when turning  to communicate in a different direction, but it also allows you to more freely access parts of your desk, resulting in a more efficient use of your workspace.

Without this  feature you could  see the consequence of arm fatigue from constantly not being able to reach or having to turn your body in awkward positions.

  1. Colour, of course

Did you know office colour themes affect your employee’s productivity levels? According to Wrights theory, blue stimulates the mind, yellow encourages creativity, red affects your body and green creates a calming balance.

Many rented offices will not allow you to change the colour of the office walls so why not step outside the box and give this theory a go using furniture items such as office chairs? Our office chairs range from oranges, to blues, to reds; take a look for yourself and see what you like!

If you want to keep things more soothing, why not mix up the aesthetics of your office with some white furniture for a more modern and clean look?

Are you inspired?

Whether you’re a growing business and need new office furniture, or you’re simply looking to just replace some worn out stuff, we are here to help and take the stress out of choosing the right product.

Give a member of our dedicated team a call on 0800 092 1985 to see how we can help you.

Posted by Paul Randall
28th February 2017