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What to Look For in an Office Chair 0
Office chairs are a part of the décor of any office and so many people try to make sure they look good without worrying about the health influences the chair will have on the person who uses it. The design or ergonomics of the chair should be considered above everything else.
Lumbar Support: A good office chair will have support for the lower back. Some of the better ones will even have an adjustable lumbar support that allows the user to fit the chair to their lower back. This is important in preventing back strain that can worsen and become sciatica, a condition which can be debilitating.
Adjustability: Almost all office chairs have a height and arm adjustment; however, these are not the most important adjustments to look for when shopping for an office chair. The best office chairs have at least five adjustments with some having up to 14 different adjustments.
Important features that should be adjustable include lumbar support, arm width and height, seat back width and height, seat and back angle, and tension control. Many of the supports are dial controlled while a few are controlled with a hand-held bulb pump, similar to a blood pressure cuff pump.
Wheel Base: Nearly all office chairs have a wheel base; however, if the office is carpeted it may be necessary to get a chair with wheels specifically made for carpet. Rolling is important in preventing strain due to reaching across a desk to retrieve items that are out of reach.
Swivel Base: All office chairs should swivel freely to allow for easy access to various parts of the desk. If the chair doesn’t swivel freely, arm fatigue can result from over extending to reach various items.
Fabric: The fabric should be breathable to keep the chair from becoming hot and uncomfortable after hours of sitting in it. In addition, it should have enough cushion to support the person sitting in it without feeling the base of the chair through the cushion.
- Mfundo Lituka
Why Is a Good Chair Important? 0
There are many benefits to having a good office chair in addition to having less back strain. A good, supportive office chair prevents fatigue and discomfort that can come from siting in the same chair for hours on end.
Studies have shown that comfortable employees are more productive and contribute to a more positive work environment than uncomfortable employees. Finally, having the correct, comfortable office chair reduces the number of breaks the employee will need to take due to being uncomfortable.
- Mfundo Lituka
How to Select an Ergonomic Office Chair 0
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
10 Surprising Home Office Ideas 0
If you're under the impression that you need a spare room or a huge master bedroom to set up a workspace in your home, you're wrong (although both sound quite nice). Brilliant work-friendly spaces can emerge from a spare corner, a few inches of a wall, or other areas you never thought to explore. Sounds too good to be true? Take a peek.
Room With a View
There’s no reason a little sunlight should cramp your decorating style. Set a desk and chair in front of a window and fill an empty corner with a tall bookcase. Keep the furniture in sync with the existing pieces so it blends seamlessly with the entire look.
Despite what you may think, working at a traditional desk will not make you more productive. Not only does a charming armoire act as a hefty storage cabinet for stashing china, stemware, and silverware, but it also works overtime as a desk.
Studying the Blues
A few key pieces (desk, chair, floating shelves) can transform a quiet sleeping space into an efficient work area. If space permits, try and keep the zones distinct from one another by setting the work area away from the bed. The trick is making sure all of the decorative elements (color palette, furniture finishes) play well together.
Go bold. Think bright. If you want to carve out a space for your child to get homework done, keep the color scheme cool, invigorating, and fun. Add shelving and functional storage accessories that work with his or her style.
Got a corner? Work it. Even a formal living room can accommodate a work zone. Sneak in a table, chair, and a few office accessories (task lamp, storage bins) so you have a spot to retreat to for working on an assignment, writing a letter, or reading the paper.
There's no sense in overlooking a space—and, yes, that includes a hallway. If you're graced with an area that is long and not-so-narrow, then capitalize on this free territory by propping a desk and slim seat (like a stool) against a punchy printed floral wallpaper.
Desperately seeking eligible nook for a few office pieces? Any inch of a living room, dining room, or den can make an adequate space for a desk and seat. If your room is neutral (wheat colored walls, exposed wood floors), then introduce a splash of color with these pieces. Here, a shot of robin's egg blue adds an upbeat touch.
Color is a useful tool for differentiating a space. If you're working side by side, stay consistent (one style of furniture) but invite in different colors to give the space some personality.
If you're searching for a way to keep your work area from cramping your decorating style, focus on blending in. For example, a shiny black lacquer desk would feel out of place against a floral wallpaper. This weathered desk and chair suits the vintage style with true intention.
The Great Wall
When you’re short on space, a bare wall can be a valuable asset. Consider building up (rather than always extending wide). Simple, easy-to-install floating shelves are a practical way of breaking up a wall painted a bright hue.
Kitchen on one side; office on the other. A simple architectural detail can divide a space without making it feel out of place. Keeping the color palette consistent and neutral will allow you to bring in all sorts of utilitarian pieces like file cabinets, storage containers, and shelves for organizing items.
- Nathan Merwitz
5 Negative Effects of Poor Posture in the Workplace 0
Poor posture while sitting for extended periods of time has the potential to lead to many negative side effects. We all know that sitting improperly has a definite impact on our bodies, especially our backs. However, there are many unseen impacts that you might not have considered.
Complications from sitting incorrectly can be felt not only in your body, but also in your mind. It’s effects can greatly impact your ability to physically, mentally, and emotionally function.
1. Improper Digestion
- Nathan Merwitz