Your Quick Guide to Choosing an Ergonomically Smart Office ChairInk Well Mag January 30, 2015 0 COMMENTS
Whether you’re working in the office or at home, a smart workstation can help you become more productive by keeping you comfortable and free from physical strains. When assembling your workstation, you need to put emphasis on the comfort and ease your chair provides.
Companies, such as Strategic Safety Australia, advocate the importance of using ergonomic chairs. Chairs that are designed according to existing standards in ergonomics can help you avoid compounding back and spine problems. More importantly, a smart chair will help you correct your posture.
Here are some tips that will help you choose the right office chair.
The seat height should be adjustable. It should be proportional to your height. Generically, chairs that have a height of 16” from the floor can suit everyone. If you’re 5- or 6-foot tall, you may want to go for higher seats. Seats that are 18 to 20-foot high suit are mostly ideal for tall people.
Lumbar Support and Backrest
An ergonomic chair can support your lower back. Scientifically, people’s spine follows an inward. But, if you sit on a chair that lacks lumbar support, you have a higher chance of slouching, which in turn will cause stress on your lower back.
The chair’s backrest, on the other hand, should complement the function provided by the lumbar support to keep the natural alignment of the spine. It should be wide enough to support the width of the upper back. More importantly, it should be adjustable.
The Width and Depth of the Seat
The size of the seat should not be narrow, or else, you run the risk of causing strain on your buttocks. Ideally, they should be 17- or 20-inch wide. Always see to it that there’s a 2-inch gap between the back of your knees and the front of the seat.
These are only some of the factors you need to keep in mind when buying a new office chair. You may speak with an ergonomics specialist or an interior designer if you don’t want to use the wrong chair.