How to Select an Ergonomic Office Chair
No office can be without chairs, and of course, when talking about an executive office chair, the best one is always one that is ergonomic. Remember that people in the office will probably sit in their chairs for at least 8 hours in one day. This is why it is so important that people invest in ergonomic office chairs.
1. Understand the importance of having chairs that are ergonomic. Ergonomic chairs help to reduce back problems, pain in the shoulders and neck and give better support to someone who uses it throughout the whole day.
2. Check the height. Ergonomic office chairs should have a height adjustable seat. Not everybody is one size so look for the chairs that have those levers under them that allow for the proper adjustments. Usually, about 16 to 21 inches (40.6 to 53.3 cm) is a good standard height and this means having your workers’ feet flat on the floor at all times while they are seated. Of course, their thighs have to be parallel to the floor and their arms up to the right height when compared with their desks.
3. Check the width and depth. When you are looking for an ergonomic chair, you need to look for one that is about 17 to 20 inches (43.2 to 50.8 cm) in width. This is the standard width for an ergonomic office chair. Depth usually refers to the space from the front of the seat to the back, and not how deep a cushion goes when it is sat upon. Basically, when you sit down, you should have about 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 cm) between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat. This makes for very good ergonomic chairs.
4. Check the lumbar support. This refers to the support given to your lower back and this is very important. The lower back is where the most back trouble starts and you need to have seats that will address this issue and prevent any further damage. Make sure that your chairs do not force one to slouch while seated. This will strain the lower spine. This means you need to find a chair that has adjustable lumbar support for both height and depth.
5. Check the back. Of course, a good chair should have good overall back support and 12 to 19 inches (30.5 to 48.3 cm) in the width of the backrest should do the trick. If the backrest is not part of the chair completely, this means you should find one that is adjustable. Again, it is attention to the spine that is important here and the best ergonomic chair makes sure that this is well attended to.
6. If you find any of these features missing or just plain not working, then you should either return the chair in exchange for another kind of chair, or you can exchange the defective one for one that does serve its function well as an ergonomic piece of office furniture. Of course, it is difficult to have to look for different types of chairs of different sizes just to suit the many people in your office. Also, there is no such thing as the best fit for everyone. After all, people each have their own preferences for comfort. This is the reason why you should try your chairs first before actually purchasing them. If you can have some of your employees shop with you, all the better because this is one way that you can make the right purchase on executive office chairs, and your own executive office chair is important to consider in the batch as well. Keep in mind that as long as the chair has good back and neck support for the average height of a person and as long as it is sturdy but can be swivelled around while allowing for a good length from a person’s knees to the ground, it could be a good ergonomic chair. And it could be the best chair for you to invest in for you and your workers.
- Nathan Merwitz