A Guide to Choosing the Best & Most Comfortable Ergonomic Chair for YOU

Spending a large amount of time at work sat down, staring at a screen will have a big impact on your health as bad posture leads to problems. Therefore the right chair makes the difference to your work life and back, which is why reading our detailed ergonomic office chair guide can help you.

What is an ergonomic chair?

The term ergonomics relates largely to the application of scientific information when designing objects and systems. An ergonomic chair has been designed to provide stable body support, minimising physical effort and discomfort. The idea is, by working comfortably you work more productively.

$56 Billion Paid Out in Work Related Injury in 2004

Not all injuries refer solely to office environments but it's important to minimise the risks. Safety experts agree that the correct chair is the most important part of any office environment.

Many studies demonstrate how ergonomic chairs can reduce work-related injuries and improve productivity. One report states that in 2003 there was a 17.7% productivity increase in participants that sat in a highly adjustable office chair. Further statistics from the UK HSE shows that in 2013/14 there were approximately 28.2 million working days lost where employees took days off due to health and safety related injuries. The report suggests that 8.3 million of these days related solely to musculoskeletal disorders. Although offices workers are not the main contributors to these statistics the risks of back problems on our health increase a lot with the wrong chair.

Time and time again combining the right ergonomic training with an adjustable chair leads to less orthopaedic damage. A decent, comfortable and quality ergonomic chair can be the difference between happy, healthy and productive workers and compensation claims.

Chair Features That  Help Prevent Back Pain when Sitting

A good ergonomic office chair should:

  • Support your body
  • Allow you to sit comfortably for long periods of time
  • Allow you to move freely around your desk
  • Accommodate all those who intend to use it, regardless of shape or size
  • Be suited to your workstation in terms of height

Adjustable Seat Depth

An adjustable seat depth feature allows you to slide the seat backward or forward to suit your leg length. Ideally your back should rest comfortably against the back support,

By taking advantage this feature you will reduce any strain directed at your legs and back as well as avoiding the temptation of leaning forward.

Adjustable Height

When sitting at your desk your feet should be flat against the floor (or foot rest) and your legs positioned at a 90° angle, with your forearms resting parallel to the work surface. Taking advantage of the seat height can avoid limited blood circulation and reduce pressure on the area behind the knee. If your seat height is too low then your knees are positioned higher than your hips. This causes your body weight to shift back and put pressure on your sitting bones.

Recline-ability

Being able to recline or tilt back in your chair not only allows you to stretch out when you’ve been sitting all day but enables you to recline whilst still comfortably seeing your work. It is important that when you recline you are not straining your eyes, shoulders or arms.

Lumbar Support

Back pain is a bug barer of many an office worker where proper support can make the world of difference. Your chair should remain supportive of the natural curvature of the spine, but not so hard that it creates pressure points in your back. An ergonomic design with an adjustable lumbar system is key. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to slouching and strains your lower spine. A lumbar support should have both height and depth adjustable features so that you can support the inward curve of your lower back. With the ability to move and sit correctly you allow oxygen to move to your muscles and increase blood flow to the brain, improving focus on your work.

Armrests

Did you know that 10.2% of your total body weight is held within your arms? This can result in considerable exertion of muscles in your upper back, shoulders and neck. This makes armrest essential features as they provide proper support whilst working. Make sure your arms rest comfortably on the armrests for the most benefit.

 

Don’t forget the importance of a swivel base too, as this allows you to move freely without twist your back when reaching other parts of your desk.

Why not try these Ergonomic Office Chairs out for size?

Wave Mesh Orthopaedic Chair

Mesh Office Chairs Recommend in this Ergonomic Office Chair Guide

We stock some fantastic mesh office chairs in our range and one that's a particular favourite, the Wave Mesh Chair is loaded with features. It's designed to support your back, improve posture and enable you to work comfortably at the office. For outstanding value this mesh chair boasts an integrated lumbar support.

Sierra Computer Chair

Comfortable Ergonomic Office ChairThis heavy duty chair has been designed specifically with performance in mind. Height adjustable arms and back support make the Sierra Computer Chair ideal for any office worker.

 

If you have any further questions from reading our ergonomic office chair guide then do get in touch with Rainbow Zebra!

Posted by Paul Randall
27th January 2015