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Which Office Chair is Best for You?

“What is the most comfortable office chair you sell?” This is the question that cropped up from one of our customers last week. You would think that this would be relatively simple to answer, however this is actually far more complicated as it is dependent on the user.   The term ‘Ergonomics’ gets thrown around a lot, yet very few people know what it actually means. Technically, ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Simply, it is not just about the design of a chair. The term applies to anything that is designed to be used by a person and aims to understand the interaction between the person and the other element. An analysis can then be carried out and this helps us to improve work spaces to minimise injury or harm to people. Ergonomics is very important in the workplace, especially as research has shown that lower back pain is the world’s most common disability at work. This issue is strongly linked with poor posture, although innovations in office furniture over the years has helped to improve this. You can start by looking at the chair you sit in and we have shared some tips below to help you make sure you are sat in the right one! 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHAIR 1. Does your chair recline?  This feature helps to reduce pressure on your spine as it provides ideal head, neck and lumbar support. This is really important for a good sitting posture and provides increased comfort. 2. Ideal chair height  Your feet should be flat on the floor, thighs parallel to the ground and forearms parallel to the desk. 3. Sliding seat option  This adjustable feature allows you to slide the seat forwards and backwards to suit the length of your legs. While seated you should have three or four fingers width distance between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat. 4. Lumbar support  This is a must, especially if you spend a long time in your office chair. Proper lumbar support can help with lower back pain. The ideal chair will have adjustable lumbar support and your lower back should fit comfortably against this. 5. Armrests  These help to support your arms and help you to achieve a better posture. Your shoulders should not be hunched and forearms need to be parallel to the floor when typing.   These tips should help you achieve a better posture and should offer some guidance when purchasing a new office chair. Please get in contact if you have any further questions or need any general advice.   What’s the most important thing for you about an office chair? We would love to hear your thoughts.