Are you comfortable while you sit at work? You spend hours in front of your computer, and when your back hurts, you may struggle with getting work done. Consider looking at ergonomic office chairs for comfort, productivity, and a healthy back.
Most people’s chairs don’t fit the bill! And it may not just be chair that’s not a good fit. Your desk might be too high or too low, and your computer might not be in the right position either. For now though, we’ll focus on the chair! After all, if the chair’s not right, the best desk and computer set up won’t do much to make you comfortable.
So take a close look at your office chair if you find yourself with an aching back, which could distract you and affect your productivity. You might also experience a pain in the backside or along the back of your thighs. Read on to find out how to remedy those discomforts.
Select Ergonomic Office Chairs for Comfort And Productivity
The first and most important aspect of being comfortable at work involves the correct position while you sit at your workstation. And that starts with the right chair:
Select a Chair That Fits You
First of all, your chair should fit you.
This means that your feet should reach the floor comfortably and your back should be fully supported by the chair’s back, without the seat surface digging into your knee area as you sit far enough back to actually reach that back support.
In addition, the chair should feature a good amount of upholstery to support you comfortably.
Does your chair fit those criteria? Many chairs don’t, especially if you’re shorter (or taller, or heavier) than average.
You can keep looking for the right chair, either one that fits you or one that’s adjustable so you can make it fit your needs. The best option: an ergonomic chair, because it will solve most “fit” problems by design.
While ergonomic chairs aren’t cheap, being uncomfortable at work will cost a lot more than the fanciest ergonomic chairs because it will make you much less productive.
So consider investing in the best ergonomic chair you can afford. Here are some of the key features you should include in your considerations (in addition to overall fit):
Height Adjustable Back and Lumbar Support
When you saw the office chair above, you were probably wondering about all those levers at the bottom of the chair. They’re what allows you to make any of the adjustments to ensure the right fit.
First, let’s look at the back support. The lumbar is the region of the spine between the diaphragm and the pelvis; it supports the most weight and is the most flexible. An adjustable lumbar mechanism allows the user to change the seat back shape in this region, to make it more comfortable and provide better support. It usually includes an adjustable lumbar cushion as well.
Forward Tilt Mechanism
Here’s something we don’t think as much about…
People are more likely to sit in an upright or forward-leaning posture than to recline while working at the computer. Lumbar support alone cannot naturally restore spinal curvatures in a body that is seated in an upright position because it’s too far away.
Instead, make sure you’re sitting in a naturally balanced position, which will also help support your back. And to achieve that, make sure that your chair has a tilt mechanism.
When the pelvis changes position, the body works to restore balance, and that can lead to muscle fatigue and discomfort. Make sure you are able to tilt your seat when you’re leaning forward. Your lower back will thank you.
The seat slide feature is another thing most people aren’t even aware of. But if you’re ever bothered by the edge of the chair poking into your thighs, you should insist on it. It allows you to slide the seat into a position where you to get the appropriate level of under-thigh support without restricting circulation.
Armrests and Width
Next, your chair should have armrests if at all possible, and they should be adjustable.
You probably won’t use the armrests while you type, but they come in handy at other times. And they should have the right height AND be close enough to your body so you don’t have to reach for them. This means, they must be adjustable.
Which brings us to the correct width…
Believe it or not, office chairs can be too wide OR too narrow. Neither of those is a good fit. If they’re too wide, they don’t support you properly, and the armrests are bound to be too far away from you. If they’re too narrow, they poke you in certain places and make sitting rather uncomfortable, especially when you have to sit for a lengthy period of time, which most of us do.
Shopping for Ergonomic Office Chairs
Ready to invest in your (or your staff members’) comfort and productivity? Here’s one of the ergonomic office chairs we recommend most highly. It’s the one in black at the top of this post. Click on the link below for all the specs:
Of course you may want a chair in a different colour. Here’s a chart with different colours for office chairs you can choose from – though not all of them are available for all office chairs.
Then simply call our office at 0800 007 5566 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service professionals.
And within a day or two, you’ll be MUCH more comfortable at work!