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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Ergonomic Chair

Jul 19, 2008
Choosing the right ergonomic chair for your body type is not the easiest task, but with a little research and helpful advice you will find the chair of your dreams. The following tips provide you with a base of what to look when shopping for an ergonomic chair, whether it is for home or the office.

Tip #1: All ergonomic chairs are not created equal. The saying "you get what you pay for" definitely applies to ergonomic chairs as well. You will find chairs ranging in price from $50 to $1000 and everywhere in between. Some will fall apart in a year and some will last a lifetime. Make sure you set your budget as high as you can if you want the best, most comfortable ergonomic chair.

Tip #2: One size chair does not fit all users. When looking for an ergonomic chair the more adjustable features it has the better. Not only will it make it easier for you to adjust the chair to your body type but if the chair you buy is going in a place where others might use it also it will make adjusting it to fit their needs that much easier.

Tip #3: Pay attention to the size and shape of the actual seat cushion and back rest. Most ergonomic chair manufacturers have a variety of seat sizes to choose from and the size you need is determined by, you guessed it, the size of your body! This is the first place ergonomic chairs differ from standard computer chairs because standard chairs rarely come in more than one size.

Tip #4: Can the height and tilt of the seat cushion be adjusted? Most chairs allow you to adjust the height easily but being able to adjust the tilt of the seat is a special feature that usually only ergonomic chairs have. Being able to set the tilt where you want it allows for even grater comfort than height adjustability alone.

Tip #5: Does the back cushion have multiple depth settings? A back cushion that only stays in one place is not very ergonomic so most ergonomic chair manufacturers include a feature that allows you to adjust the depth, or tilt, of your back support cushion. This is another adjustment that will help get your body in the proper posture for extended computer use.

Tip #6: Opt for the adjustable arms feature to really bring your seating experience to a whole new level. Adjustable chair arms allow you to change the height and tilt of the arms so they can fit users with various heights and seating postures.

Tip #7: Make sure the chair you end up purchasing is covered under warranty for at least one year. Good chair manufacturers will always include a warranty and they stand by their products 100%, it's the less expensive brands you need to watch out for.
About the Author
Steve Lott recently published an ergonomic chairs guide where you can find helpful advice on what to look for in the next ergonomic furniture you purchase.
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