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Ergonomic Office Chair - Things To Consider

Mar 15, 2008
Whether you work from home or an office it is important that you have the right office chair if you wish to avoid suffering from any kind of problems to your back later on. All of us who spend large amounts of time sat a desk in front of a computer are placing strain on the spine and without the right kind of support for it can actually lead to health complications later on. However if you want you can now get ergonomic office chairs which provide the right type of support for the spine and lower back as well as helping to main a good posture position.

This article has been written to provide you with some advice on what you need to look for when considering buying an ergonomic office chair. It is important that you keep these in mind and don't just take what the sales person or manufacturer says at face value. Remember it is you who will be spending your time in the chair and you need one that you will feel comfortable in all day long.

1. Seat Height - This should not only be easily adjustable, but it is best if the chair comes with a pneumatic lever that will allow you to adjust the height of the seat that you are comfortable with. At all times once you are sat in your chair your feet should be placed flat on the floor and your thighs should be horizontal with the floor also. Plus it should allow for your arms to be level with the height of the desk.

2. Depth and Width of the seat - It is important that the seat on your office chair should be 17 to 20 inches wide so it not only supports your posterior but it feels comfortable when sat on it. As for the depth of the chair which measures from the back to the front of the seat this should once sat on leave a gap of between two and four inches from the back of your knees and the front of the seat.

3. Lower Back Support - A good ergonomic office chair should provide adequate support to this part of the body and should also allow you to adjust the height and depth of the lumbar rest on it. You need a lumbar rest that will ensure that sufficient amounts of support is provided to the lower part of the back where it begins to curve in.

4. Backrest - A good backrest on an ergonomic office chair should be between 12 and 19 inches in width. Also if the one that you are looking at comes with a backrest that is separate from the seat of the chair then controls (levers) should have been provided so that you are able to adjust both the angle and height of it. But for those that are all in one then they should have a mechanism that allows you to move it backwards and forwards to varying angles. This mechanism then should lock in place once you have found the ideal seating position for you.

5. Armrest - A good quality office chair should provide you with armrests that help to support not just your arms but your shoulders as well. Look for a chair that allows you to easily rest the lower part of your arm and elbows on it, but whilst you are typing the forearms should not be in contact with it. If you can choose one that allows you to alter the height of the armrests so that you can place them in the correct position and one which you feel comfortable with.

If you keep the above points in mind then when it comes to finding the right kind of ergonomic office chair for you will prove to be a much easier task than you first thought. If you can why not spend some time at your local office suppliers showroom testing out a few of their chairs prior to making your purchase. You may even find that they offer you a trial period so that you can actually really see in the work situation whether the chair is suitable or not.
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