Since we spend most of our time during the day sitting, it is highly recommended to pay close attention to major five parameters when shopping for an office chair.
It is highly recommended to put extra time into your selection of the right chair for your work. To ensure you make the right choice, pay close attention to these key parameters. The best office chairs have at least five adjustments.
The Important features of any adjustable (a must) Ergonomic Chair include: 1) lumbar support 2) armrests 3) backrest height 4) seat and backrest angle 5) tension control.
You can easily end up spending a lot of time finding the right fit.
1) Lumbar support
The lumbar spine has an inward curve, and sitting for long periods without support for this curve tends to lead to slouching (which flattens the natural curve) and strains the structures in the lower spine. An ergonomic chair should have a lumbar adjustment (preferably – both height and depth), so each user can get the proper fit to support the inward curve of the lower back.
The backrest of an ergonomic office chair should be 30 to 48 cm wide. If the backrest is separate from the seat, which is the preferred case – it should be adjustable in height and angle. Backrest should be able to support the natural curve of the spine, again, with special attention paid to proper support of the lumbar region.
It is recommended to have a locking mechanism to secure the backrest from going too far backward once the user has determined the appropriate angle.
3) Position and height
The position of your body changes throughout the day, and your office chair should allow you to make these changes easily. Adjust the tension control for your body weight and change the angle of the seat to put some of the upper body weight on the backrest. Swivel office chairs ease tension caused by twisting at your workstation or desk. Ideally, you want your keyboard at elbow height, feet flat on the floor and your upper calves about 5cm from the seat cushion.
Fixed armrests are fine for occasional use, but for extended use, adjustable armrests are better. Adjustable armrests not only help to reduce the strain on your wrists and shoulders, but also reduce the tendency to slouch in your chair. They can also be lowered, so you can pull your chair closer to your desk and still sit in a comfortable position. Padded armrests help you avoid putting uncomfortable pressure on the undersides of your forearms and elbows. 4 dimension adjustable armrests can give extra comfort and a better fit as they can get closer together, backward and forward and pivot movement.
A headrest can be particularly helpful for people who need extra neck or head support, such as those with back and neck problems. They allow the muscles to relax and increase the blood flow. A headrest is usually only used when the chair is slightly reclined.
So on your next chair purchase, make sure to check all the functions and adjustable features of the chair, but also remember – It's not just the chair, it's also how you USE it.
Watch your back.