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Chair Buying Guide
Whether you’re kitting out an entire office or simply completing a desk setup at home, check out the Viking office chair buying guide to ensure you get the product that best suits your needs.
What are ergonomic office chairs?
Ergonomics is the study of people in their working environment, and ergonomic office chairs are designed to maximise efficiency. They do this by providing optimal comfort to the user, in order to minimise the need for physical exertion and reduce the chance of distraction.
It is important that the height of your seat is adjustable, as it is crucial that you get in the right position for your desk. Your elbows should be in line with the keyboard, and your eye line at the top of your monitor. Remember that this may require movement of your equipment as well as your chair.
Seat tilt functionality should also help you get more comfortable, as having a slightly raised pelvis promotes better posture and alleviates pressure on the spine.
Backrests should boast vertical and lateral movement, so that they can be adjusted according to the height and size of the user. Look for those with integrated lumbar support too, as this means there’s padding that contours to the lower back for additional comfort.
Armrests with adaptable height and width can help you relieve tension from neck and shoulder muscles—padded armrests provide even more comfort. However, remember that they may not be necessary if you rest your arms against a desk.
Many office chairs have a tilt-and-lock function that enables the user to recline to a comfortable position and then keep the parts in place.
Increases or decreases back and seat tilt-resistance
Locks the angle of the chair's back and seat tilt
Seat height adjustment
Positions the seat height to the most comfortable level for you
Back angle adjustment
Adjusts to give extra support to the lower lumbar region
Back depth adjustment
Backrest can be moved in and out, allowing additional seat depth
Incorporated into the design of the seat pad, creating a more ergonomic seat
Built in lumbar support for your lower back region
Seat can be moved forwards and rearwards for extra leg support
Back height adjustment
Adjusts vertically, locking at various intervals
Back and seat-pad tilt together in a 3:1 or 2:1 ratio. Can be locked in various positions
Free floating back
Backrest can be set to freely move. Offers constant support and is ideal for computer uses
Also available as an optional extra on many models
Seat angle adjustment
Adjusts the seat-pad angle independently of the backrest
Height adjustable arms
Also available as an optional extra on many models
Other office chair features
It’s not comfort alone that contributes to your perfect office chair: there are a number of other features you should take into consideration before making a purchase.
Fire-retardant office chairs
Fire regulations imposed on workplaces may mean that you are obliged to purchase fire-retardant office chairs, which have reduced flammability. Many of our office chairs, even in the lower price bracket, come with this safety feature. You can find details in individual product descriptions.
Office chair feet
Most office chairs come with castors rather than traditional feet, which enable manoeuvrability. These are typically attached to a starbase in metal or plastic that provides stability.
Office chair materials
The typical office chair comes with a padded, fabric-covered seat and backrest, for comfort and durability. The colour traditionally favoured is blue, but you can find other options such as black and burgundy at Viking.
- We also have office chairs with mesh backrests, which can help keep you cool and comfortable thanks to their breathability. The material is also slightly flexible, meaning that it can contour to your back to provide fantastic support.
- There are also stylish leather-faced office chairs available in our range.
Office chair accessories
- A footrest is a great companion to an office chair, as they help to improve circulation and prevent discomfort in the legs and ankles.
- Another ergonomic product is the wrist rest, as this reduces the strain caused by prolonged periods of typing. You’ll find comfortable rests filled with memory foam or gel crystals here at Viking, as well as soft wrist rockers that adapt to your position.
- If you are worried about castor wheels or feet damaging your floors, use a protective chair mat. This will reduce the chance of scratches, indentations and marks on hard flooring or carpet.
Office chair recommendations
- The Niceday K2 operator office chair boasts adjustable seat height and back height, as well as lumbar support. There is the option to add height-adjustable armrests too. The padded seat and backrest have a comfortable and stylish material covering, which is available in a range of colours to suit your design scheme.
- If you spend more than a couple of hours per day in your office chair, the RS To Go Sierra Permanent Contact Operator Chair is a better choice. With a sculpted backrest, high levels of adjustability and built-in armrests, it will keep you comfortable for prolonged periods.
- If you spend long hours at a desk, invest in the Energi-24 Air Care office chair. It delivers responsive support thanks to the foam chambers in the seat, and has built-in coccyx support. Adjustable in almost every way, it adapts to you and your workstation to deliver exceptional comfort.
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