Chairs are one of the most important furniture items to consider when looking at refurbishing your office. The average office worker spends between 6-8 hours sitting on their chair so it is important to get the right ergonomic chair to prevent problems that could arise in the future. Below are a few features that should be considered when purchasing office chairs:
Height adjustable gas lift – This is a common feature in most office chairs. It is important as people are different heights and in order for you to have a good posture, it is important that you have your feet flat on the floor with your body in a comfortable position.
Lumbar/Back support – Adjustable lumbar support is usually built into the chair, however you can get attach to the chair. The idea of the support is to keep a good posture by supporting the right areas of the lower back.
PCB or Synchro mechanism – PCB (Permanent Contact Back) essentially means that the back of the chair tilts back but the seat remains in the same position. A synchro mechanism means that when the back tilts the seat does also at a ratio of 2:1 meaning that your back cannot strain.
Seat slide – This mechanism moves the seat forward and backwards. This function is good if you have a chair that is use by different people. If you are a shorter person it is advised to slide the seat back and vice versa.
Tension control – adjusts the tension in the backs tilt.
Height adjustable back and arms – Designed to reduce strain on your shoulders arms and wrists while you work.
Fabrics – You may think that this is just for aesthetic purposes; however it is more important than you might think. For example leather is easily cleaned compared to fabric so if you work in a dusty workshop then maybe leather or faux leather is for you. Mesh is breathable so perhaps if you work in a hot environment, you should take this into account.
As well as these points to consider, there are also other things that should be taken into consideration when thinking about purchasing chairs. Some of these are:
· Who will be using the chair – If there is more than one person using it then you should consider the above points in having a chair that is completely adjustable to meet the needs of the employees
· How long you will be using the chair – Many cheap chairs that are sold are not designed for 8 hour use. You should make an effort to find out what the recommended usage of the chair is before purchasing. Office reality has separate sections for 24 hour, back care and ergonomic chairs that are designed for up to and over 8 hours use.
· Where it will be used – It is important to think about the desk or workstation that this chair will be used at. For example, is there enough room to fit the chair under the desk? Will it fit in with the desk’s layout? Etc…
Finally it is important to think about ergonomics. An ergonomic chair should provide stable support in a range of different postures. The requirements for an ergonomic chair are that circulation in your thighs are not restricted, there should be little muscular effort to maintain the correct posture and there is minimal stress put onto the spine.
Once taking all this into account the only thing you now need to think about is the chair’s aesthetics.