Have you ever suffered from fatigue or back pain? Have you come home from work stiff and having little energy left in you to enjoy your life and children? I think it may be time you consider upgrading your office chair to a fully ergonomic chair. I have spent a reasonable amount of time of this very subject and I would like to share some of the information that I have uncovered with you. My thirty years of experience in the office furniture world has finally paid some dividends!
An ergonomic task chair is the basis for a comfortable, productive workstation. Ergonomic means that the chair has the necessary adjustable functions and standard qualities that make it suitable for the majority of the population. I have listed below some of the unique characteristics of a good quality ergonomic chair.
Seat Height – Adjustability is a must; your feet should rest comfortably on the floor without pressure on the back of the thighs. The angle between the thigh and torso should not be less than 90 °.
Seat Depth – The seat should have a waterfall edge and be the right depth. Too short, and pressure will result on the back of the thighs, too long and the seat edge will press into the back of the knee. A seat slider is a good option to provide adjustable depth.
Seat pan Angle – Should allow the user to keep the feet flat on floor and should move proportionally to backrest angle.
Lumbar support – The backrest curve should follow the natural curve of the spell, so when purchasing, always look for an adjustable lumbar support.
Backrest Height – The backrest needs to adequately support the back. Mid-back chairs are most popular since they allow for upper torso movement, while high-back chairs support the shoulder blades as well. Low-back chairs (<45 cm tall) are not recommended.
Backrest Angle – A great adjustable feature to allow for the recommended 93 ° -133 ° torso-to-thigh angle, plus provide a changing posture through the day.
Armrests – Should be height adjustable between 19-24 cm and should naturally support the arms at the elbow and forearm with a padded surface, without the user leaning or elevating the shoulder. They should not interfere with computer work or positioning of the chair, so should be set back from the front edge of the chair 15 cm.
I know that your body will benefit from the correct chair for you. Go to a local office supplies company who specializes in quality office furniture and test drive all the wonderful chairs available. Good Luck !!