22 Sep How To Select The Best Office Chair
If you have been listening to the advice of your well wishers that you should be spending more on the office chairs in your office, than on any other furniture, then it is time you should start taking them seriously. Basically a person into a salaried job, or entrepreneurship, spends more than half of his or her life sitting on one or the other office chair to accomplish tasks. Desk jobs are best done on chairs and desks, and hence, the importance of chairs would never be any lesser.
Why avoid a bad office chair
A bad chair means all of these or a few for you in the longer run, and even in the shorter run:
- Back pain, which may be short lived, or may shoot up as a lower back spine problem at an advanced age
- Muscular pain at back and shoulders
- Stiff neck
- Pain shot eyes
- Poor motor movements and nervous shocks that may lead to pain, numbness and tingling sensations on hands
- Varicose veins on legs
- Tired and stiff calf muscles
- Numbness of feet and lower back after long seating
- Overall body fatigue
- Poor concentration and tiredness that prevails through the day
- Restlessness and frustration
Overall, an employee using a chair with poor ergonomics will never be able to deliver his or her 100% to the job or cause. Hence, it is very important that you find the right design for an office chair. And you must learn this that the right design does not essentially have to be wallet breaking.
Things to look for while buying an office chair
A lot of factors joined together make an ergonomic office chair, which can help the user perform best with great mood, productivity and nice health. Here are the key factors to look for:
- Support for the backbone with the perfect shape that gives padding and right inclination to the spine is great. It will be even better if the lumbar support position can be adjusted as per the body height of a person.
- The chair height should be adjustable. Short and long people both should be able to adjust the height and use the chair conveniently. The adjustments settings vary from chair to chair. Some may have only 2 levels, while some may have 14. It depends on the model you choose and price you pay.
- The seat arm width, the head rest height, all should be adjustable along with the overall seat height.
- Smooth castor wheels for hitch free movement and zero scratches on office floors. In case the office is carpeted the wheels must not have too much of friction to make movement sluggish on floor.
- A swivel chair is best for office use as it saves time and eases access to things. You must be able to access things kept 360 degrees from you on the chair, without having to get off and on the chair multiple times.
- The age of deep padded leather fabric is gone. Though leather and similar materials still have a great market in chairs, yet office chairs are best when the back rest material is made of breathable fabric. This eases tension on skin, helps sweat evaporate faster, and also keeps the body cooler.
You may have to try several chairs comfort wise, style wise, and price wise, to finally filter down to one or two that you really like. But this effort and time that you give in to choose the office chair, would really pay you back in future, when you or your staff would really perform and feel better while sitting on these chairs.