Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Choosing The Perfect Office Chair

Choosing the right office chair for your individual needs is an integral part of everyday comfort in the office. Commonly, individuals will search out the most attractive chair possible, leaving comfort at the door. This in turn leaves you with a nice looking chair that sits like a rock. In this article we will discuss the benefits of several types of chairs that will keep you sitting comfortably all day long.

Ergonomics is a word we here quite often these days, and for good reason. It deals with the relationship between workers and their environment. When dealing with office chairs ergonomics is essential.

When purchasing an office chair ask yourself the following questions:

1.) What back height is right for me?

Typically if you are between 5' and 6' foot tall a mid-back office chair is the right choice for you. If you are over 6' I personally recommend a high back chair to support your taller frame.

2.)What weight capacity does the chair support?

Most commonly, office chairs support up to 300 lbs. However, big & tall chairs usually support up to 500 lbs. Most chairs are available in a big & tall version for a slight price increase. Buying a chair that supports your frame will ensure a long life for the chair. Typically big & tall chairs feature wider seats, backs, and arms as well.

3.)What fabric grade is the chair?

Some companies such as Lesro offer a variety of fabric grades to fit individual needs. Typically the higher the grade, the higher the price. Most online chair stores will be happy to send out samples of any fabric at no charge to you. Typically grade 1 or 2 fabrics are just fine for everyday use.

4.)What Ergonomic features does the chair have?

This is the most important aspect to consider when buying a chair.

Common features include:


Increase or decrease to match body weight. Allows you to rock comfortably, without heavy pushing, reducing muscle fatigue.


Lock the tilt movement in position(s) to accommodate your working posture. Allows you to lock your chair in a comfortable and supportive position. (can be either single position or infinite style).


Raise or lower to allow your feet to rest flat on the floor. Avoids pressure under your thighs, easing blood flow.


Change the depth of the seat to accommodate the length of your thighs. Keeps your back in contact with the backrest while avoiding pressure behind your knees.


Allows chair to tilt forward changing the angle of your thighs in relation to the floor. Helps reduce disc pressure during forward leaning tasks.


Raise or lower to support your forearms. Reduces muscular effort in neck and shoulders, minimizing risk of pain.


Reduces pressure at the back of the knee, contributing to good blood flow.

Hopefully this article will help you when choosing your next office chair. I recommend choosing a quality manufacturer like Mayline, Global Total Office, or Lesro to purchase your chairs from. All of these brands and more are offered at our office furniture site: we offer competitive pricing, free shipping on all orders, and bulk discounts on all products.


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