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How to Choose the Best Office Chair

Every day you may spend hours sitting in your chair. The more suited the chair is to you the better. Its design will affect the way you work, how long you can stay seated and more importantly the way you feel!
 

Usage -

When choosing an office chair, consider how long you will spend in it at any one time and the total length of time every day. Look for comfort, adjustability and finish. Modern office chairs cater for a wide range of uses – from typists and operators chairs to executive leather chairs. All are designed with a particular purpose in mind...

 

Job Characteristics Job Characteristics Job Characteristics
  • Computer is a convenience

  • Extensive variety of tasks

  • Frequent interaction in workstation

  • Limited time spent in workstation

  • Computer use is important part of daily tasks

  • Moderate variety of tasks

  • Occasional interaction in workstation

  • Variable amount of time spent in workstation

  • Use of computer is the job

  • Low variety of tasks outside of computer use

  • Infrequent interaction in workstation

  • Most or all time is spent seated in workstation

Job Types Job Types Job Types
  • General office, Sales, Professional

  • Executive, Mid-Management

  • Professional, Technical, Clerical, Secretarial, Designer, Journalist, Writer

  • Executive, Mid-Management

  • Writer/Editor, Data Entry, Telemarketer Call Centre, Full-time computer usage

  • Executive, Mid-Management

 

 Typical Features & Adjustments -
 
TILT TENSION
Increases or decreases
the resistance of the chair tilt.
TILT LOCK
Locks the chair at the
most comfortable tilt position.
SEAT HEIGHT
Sets the most comfortable 
seat height.

 

BACK HEIGHT
Adjusts the back up and down 
and locks in various positions.
BACK DEPTH
Back moves in and out to 
allow additional seat depth.
SEAT ANGLE
Adjust seat independently
of back for greater comfort.

 

BACK ANGLE
Adjusts to support lower back 
area for increased comfort.
CHAIR ARM HEIGHT
Optional extra on
many models.
KNEE TILT
Seat and back tilt
simultaneously.

 

SYNCRO TILT
Back & seat tilt at 2:1 ratio. 
Locks in various positions.
LUMBAR SUPPORT
Built-in lumbar support
for lower back.
FLOATING BACK
Back can 'free-float' so will
move with your back for support.

 

Maintaining the Correct Posture -

  • Always sit with the knees lower than the hips.
  • Ensure that you are not stretching to reach your keyboard and mouse. Move in closer to the desk or re-arrange your desktop if necessary.
  • Sit with your eyes at least 25cm away from your monitor. Preferably have your monitor positioned at eye level. If this isn’t possible tilt the top of the monitor so that it is slightly further back than the bottom.
  • Always maintain a good posture whilst seated, try not to slump into the chair. If you find yourself slumping, have a break and walk around the office to invigorate your muscles.
  • Never stay seated for extended periods. Get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes in every hour.

 

Prevention is better than cure -

Always research well and choose the right chair for the job. Back problems significantly affect productivity at work and can be easily avoided by choosing the right equipment. 

If you’re choosing a chair for an individual, consult with them when making the choice. If the chair is to be shared, make sure it is fully adjustable to suit all users.

 

Finally...

Remember to check that the chair you buy is compliant with the rules and regulations applicable to your company and the building you work in. For example, always check if you require fire retardant furniture and furnishings in your office.


Fire retardant foam and fabric
conforms to BS7176 ignition source
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