Sitting incorrectly for long periods can have serious health consequences. To maintain a healthy posture and work more comfortably, here are tips on how to set up your workplace.
Understand the importance of having chairs that are ergonomic. Ergonomic chairs help to reduce back problems, pain in the shoulders and neck; providing better comfort to someone who uses it throughout their work.
Check for these features when selecting an ergonomic chair:
A SEAT THAT IS PROPERLY ADJUSTABLE
LUMBAR SUPPORT FOR CHAIRS
A good backrest that is high enough to support the back and the neck Adequate seat width and also an adequate depth Arm rests that are appropriate and long enough to support the average arm of an office worker Swivel feature that will allow one to turn around in one spot
CHECK THE HEIGHT -
Ergonomic office chairs should have a height adjustable seat. Not everybody is one size so look for the chairs that have those levers under them that allow for the proper adjustments. Usually means having your workers’ feet flat on the floor at all times while they are seated. Of course, their thighs have to be parallel to the floor and their arms up to the correct height when compared with their desks.
CHECK WIDTH AND DEPTH -
When you are looking for an ergonomic chair, you need to look for one that is about 17 to 20 inches in width. Depth usually refers to the space from the front of the seat to the back, and not how deep a cushion goes when it is sat upon. Basically, when you sit down, you should have about 2 to 4 inches between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat. This makes for very good ergonomic chairs.
CHECK THE INTERIOR SUPPORT-
This refers to the support given to your lower back and this is very important. The lower back is where most back trouble starts and you need to have seats that will address this issue and prevent any further damage. Make sure that your chairs do not force one to slouch while seated. This will strain the lower spine. This means you need to find a chair that has adjustable lumbar support for both height and depth.
CHECK THE BACK -
Of course, a good chair should have good overall back support and 12 to 19 inches in width of the back rest should do the trick. If the back rest is not part of the chair completely, this means you should find one that is adjustable. Again, it is attention to the spine that is important here and the best ergonomic chair makes sure that this is well attended to.
Of course, it is difficult to have to look for different types of chairs of different sizes just to suit the many people in your office. Also, there is no such thing as the best fit for everyone. After all, people each have their own preferences for comfort. This is the reason why you should try your chairs first before actually purchasing them. If you can have some of your employees shop with you, all the better because this is one way that you can make the right purchase on executive office chairs; and your own executive office chair is important to consider in the batch as well.
Keep in mind that as long as the chair has good back and neck support for the average height of a person and as long as it is sturdy but can be swivelled around while allowing for a good length from a person’s knees to the ground, it could be a good ergonomic chair. And it could be the best chair for you to invest in for you and your workers.
RESEARCH THE FEATURES OF AN ERGONOMIC CHAIR:
Height – An ergonomic chair should allow for adjustment in height to allow you to sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90 degree angle and parallel to your hips.
Armrest - Armrests can support your arms so that your shoulders rest at a comfortable position when you are working. This is an important feature if you are typing at the computer for a large portion of your day. Armrests should be adjustable in height and position to accommodate different users and activities.
Back – The backrest on an ergonomic chair should support the natural curve of your spine, providing support in the lower back. It should be high enough to support your shoulder and neck region, while allowing for flex and movement for reaching activities when you are sitting. Some ergonomic chairs have a recline function in their back rest to allow for reclined sitting, which is when the hip to back angle is greater than 90 degrees.
Seat – An ergonomic chair should provide comfortable support to your hips and buttocks and the seat depth should measure from your back to 2 to 4 inches from the back of your knees.
Headrest – A headrest allows your head to be supported when you are sitting in a reclined position in your chair. This is a useful feature if you spend more time sitting in a reclined position for talking on the phone than typing at your desk.
Consider what you will do most in your ergonomic chair. Will you be talking on the phone most of the day? Will you need access to many different things on your desk? Will you be on the computer, sitting still in the same position? Make a list and compare them to the characteristics of ergonomic chairs to help you choose an ergonomic office chair.
Visit our showroom that has wide range of ergonomic chairs (leather chairs, mesh chairs, fabric chairs) to try out. Once you have narrowed down the functions and features of the ergonomic chair you want, sit in, to assess comfort, support and positioning. Speak to our experienced sales executive to understand the ergonomic features each chairs can provide.
Choose the style, color and materials of your ergonomic chair. Finally, if applicable, many ergonomic chairs come in different styles and materials, such as leather, fabric or mesh back chairs. In some models, you may also be able to choose colors to customize the chair to your specifications.
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