In order to offer physical comfort and functional convenience, office chairs must adhere to the following ergonomic facilitators:
This is an absolute must-have feature. The adjustable chair height makes persons of different heights feel "at home." Even if the chair is meant for the same person, they may be wearing footwear of different heights at office. Their chair's height will again come in handy, whether they are wearing high-heels or flat sandals.
That's okay, but you may ask, which exactly is the "proper" height for an office chair? Universally, the seat should be between 16" and 21" high. However, you should consider these practical criteria to make the right choice.
- Your feet rest flat on the floor
- Your torso is parallel to the floor, and so are the chair's armrests
- Your forearms are at 90^0^ to your upper body (parallel to the desktop)
The best way to check out is to sit on the chair for some time before you finalize your choice.
This feature is again related to the varying heights of different people who may occupy the office chair. It is important for the same reasons that an adjustable chair height is. Additionally, please ensure that:
- The armrests are not too long or too short. If they are too long, they may collide with the desk and damage the surface. And if they are too short, you may not be able to rest your forearms on them fully. The rule of thumb is they should support your entire forearm.
- Also, they should have a flat top surface so that the forearms rest comfortably on them.
This feature will make sure that your spine is curved and aligned appropriately with your seated body. A properly curved spins will prevent many orthopedic conditions in the long term, such as vertigo, stiff neck, and low back pain.
Along with adjustable height the backrest should also be reclining. You don't want to sit erect all day long, right? A reclining backrest will offer rest and relief to your back.
Importantly, the reclining mechanism should not be too stiff or too easy. A hard mechanism will cause neck problems within hours, and if your chair's back reclines too easily, you may even fall off the chair!This is because the sudden backward movement of you upper body will cause your lower body to move forward rapidly, and the imbalance will result in a somersault.
To avoid such embarrassing situations completely,choose the chair that offers adjustable reclining tension.
Pay enough attention to this underrated feature. If the seats of office chairs are too deep, they will cause numbness in hips and calf muscles because of increased pressure on your back. Shallow seats, on the other hand, will not accommodate your full torso. You will be perched on the chair very uncomfortably. Your performance is bound to suffer on such chairs.
Here again, you may face the problem of too much or too less. To be sure you have made the right choice, go for memory foam cushioning. Reason? Take a look below.
Superior viscoelasticity. Memory foams offer ideal density of about five to 8 lbs per cubic feet. This is the "gold standard" for ergonomic comfort, convenience, and "happily seated" feeling. It makes the foam hard (dense) enough to last long and not deform under constant pressure. On the other hand, memory foam also has good elastic properties which makes it soft and malleable to sit on. And the moment you get up, the cushion regains its original form!
Some office chairs also offer memory foam cushions with gel. This material combination gives a plush and sophisticated cushioning experience.
Revolving office chairs are a norm and no more an exception. Your selection of a swivel chair will let you revolve 360^0^ and avoid body-stretching and craning, and spraining of neck. Besides, you can keep an eye on what's happening around!
Office chairs are mobile by default these days. However, points to check are:
- Sturdy revolving mechanism and parts
- Superior quality castors. Please note that the type of castors should match your office flooring. If it is hard, go for castors of soft material to give you easy push. For carpeted floors, choose harder castors that minimize resistance.
Unless you are in the higher echelons where office chairs don't need to be moved, choose a light-weight yet sturdy office chair that is easy to lift and move.