5 Things To Look For When Shopping For an Office Chair

Posted on Sep 20 2012 - 10:38pm by Peter Millikin

When you are sitting for many hours a day, you need a comfortable chair. Whether you work from home or in an office setting, your chair needs to be comfortable so you can get through the day. Ergonomics is the science of making things efficient as well as comfortable. Most office chairs today are ergonomically correct, but it still requires some research to choose the best chair for you.

Consider these five factors when shopping for an ergonomic office chair.

1. Adjustable seat height

Your chair should be adjustable in every way for maximum comfort, but the most important adjustment is for the height of the seat. You do not want to be bent over your keyboard all day or reaching unnaturally high to type. Choose a chair with a lever that allows you to adjust your seat at will, as different activities may require a different seat height.

2. Lower back support

The second most important part of an ergonomic office chair is support for your lower back. People who sit for many hours a day often complain of lower back pain. A good office chair will have sufficient lower back support to ease these complaints.

3. Ability to swivel and lean back

Part of ergonomics is efficiency. Your chair needs to be able to swivel so you can easily reach the office supplies catalogue while remaining in your chair! Additionally, the ability to lean back can ease lower back pain and give your spine a rest after sitting for so long. If a phone call interrupts your computer work, being able to lean back and rest during the call can help alleviate strain on your joints and muscles.

4. Armrests

Typing all day can definitely make your arms feel tired. A seat with armrests at the right height can help support your arms during the day so they do not feel the strain as much.

5. Chair material

There are many types of padding available on office chairs. Leather feels very luxurious, but other materials are cheaper and just as comfortable. While some people claim plastic chairs are just as comfortable, most will opt for a padded chair for optimal comfort.

Keep all of these factors in mind when shopping for your next ergonomic office chair and you will be able to find the chair that fits your needs.

What do you think is the most important factor in choosing an office chair?

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Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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