A high-quality, ergonomic office chair can make a huge difference to your health and productivity levels.
If you (or your staff) are spending 6+ hours a day at your desk, then a good quality office chair is essential! We go through the must-have features of an office chair, to protect your spine and help your body relax while you work.
1. Being able to adjust the height
A height-adjustable office chair with a pneumatic adjustment lever is a must so that you can customise it to be the right height for your work desk. A chair that’s the wrong height can cause leg pain, and place unnecessary pressure on the upper leg muscles. Ideally, you want your feet flat on the floor, thighs horizontal and arms in line with the height of the desk.
2. The right seat width and depth
An office chair needs to have a decent seat width and depth to support your body comfortably. Usually, 45 cm to 50 cm wide is the standard.
Your seat should be deep enough for you to be able to sit comfortably with your back against the back of the seat. Leaving 5 – 10 cms between the back of your knees and the front edge of the chair is recommended.
3. A reclining function
Your office chair should have a reclining option, as sitting up straight for many hours can put unnecessary strain on your back. A chair that allows you to sit at a 135-degree angle will put the least strain on your spine, while still providing ultimate support for your back and legs.
4. Lumbar support
The human spine is curved and isn’t designed to sit for long periods of time. A good ergonomic chair will have lumbar support for your lower back that can be adjusted for both height and depth. Otherwise, you run the risk of slouching which flattens the natural curve and strains the lower spine.
5. Adjustable armrests
Your office chair armrests should ideally be adjustable to allow the arms to rest comfortably and for the shoulders to relax while typing. The recommended arm position to avoid strain is to keep your upper arms vertical and your forearms horizontal.
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