Finding the Right Office ChairBy Bailiegh Basham · February 6, 2015
It can be tough finding the perfect desk chair. Consider these tips.
Many working individuals spend a great deal of time sitting in an office chair. Unfortunately, this position can lead to stress and discomfort in the body but there are steps to take to ensure you find the best desk chair for you and your needs.
Are you buying a chair for your home computer desk, or your corporate office? If you are selecting a chair for your home office the chair may also be a reflection of your home’s décor, while selecting a chair for your employees may be a reflection of the business brand. Find a chair that complements your style while still promoting functionality.
Especially for professionals working many hours each day, swivel can be very important. Swivel chairs allow natural movement, which adjusts and accommodates to your daily office needs. Left and right movement can be important for moving about a bigger desk, answering phone calls, or working with customers.
Your office chair’s height is critical because this is what decides what level your wrists fall against your desk. Your office chair’s height should be easily adjustable with a pneumatic lift, allowing your feet to be flat against the ground.
Depending on your preferences, arm rests may be an important factor to consider when choosing an office chair. Arm rests can improve body posture and can help reduce strain from typing or using a computer mouse. However, if you are constantly moving around your workspace you may want a computer desk without armrests so your movement is not obstructed.
When shopping for an office chair, look for lumbar support for the lower back and shoulders. Proper support will promote good posture. As a rule of thumb, the shape of the back rest should follow the natural curve of your back.
The material of your office chair should have enough padding to be comfortable for extended lengths of sitting. Leather is going to be the easiest to maintain compared to fabric, and darker colors will be less likely to show stains and wear.
Depending on your work environment, you may choose a stationary chair versus one with castors. If you have a larger workstation, such as an L or U-shaped desk, an office chair with wheels or a swiveling seat may work best for you.