We spend more time sitting in our office than at our home. Do you know most spine and knee problems are caused due to sitting the wrong way? Not only that, sitting the wrong way can also increase your fatigue and stress and degrade your posture.
Today we will be showing you exactly how to choose the best ergonomic chair. Ergonomic chairs are designed in such a way that they offer good support to your spine and neck. But you might end up buying the wrong one. There might be a lot of office furniture suppliers Essex, but who exactly has the right one?
Keep reading and you will find out which seating is right for you! Here are some questions you need to ask before buying the right chair. Or even if you already have a chair you can check if your chair is right.
Does the chair fit you?
Now sitting on a small chair is very uncomfortable. We all know that. So what should we look for when looking for a right fitting chair?
1) Seat Width: When you sit on the chair, there should be some gap left on both the sides. It should allow you to move your legs. You should never sit on a crammed chair.
2) Seat Depth: Your back should comfortably sit on the back of the chair while your legs should neither be dangling nor too far. They should comfortably touch the ground. While too much of a gap can degrade your posture too less of it can cause circulation problems to your lower legs. Signs may include constant numbing of lower legs.
Is the seat height correct for you?
If the seat height is too low you might experience problems such as uncomfortable or not able to rest your elbow or uncomfortable neck position. Let us look at how to buy a seat that has the correct height.
1) Adjustable height: There can never be a one size fit for all so adjustable height of the seat should be available. Look for a pneumatically adjustable chair.
2) Adjustable tilt: If the seat doesn’t tilt forward when you sit down allowing your legs to fully touch the ground it is probably the wrong one for you.
3) Back height: The height of the back of the shoulder should just finish at the level of your shoulder. This will also allow for a better neck rest.
Is the seat back right for your back?
A good seat back is the one that supports your spine the right way and doesn’t affect your posture. Let us look if the seat back of your chair is right or not.
1) Lumbar Curve: The seat should not be straight but there should be a curve to your seat according to the shape of your spine.
2) Hip room: While many seats do offer the lumbar curve, what many fail to do is offer enough hip room, which will cause the hip to be placed ahead of the seat which completely disrupts the point of the lumbar curve.
3) Adjustable Seat Pan: Your seat should be able to tilt forward and backwards.
4) The size of the chair back: The chair back should be big enough to support your complete back.
Is there enough support?
A good chair should support all of the following body parts with either a cushion or some material reinforcement.
1) Neck: A good neck support should be just enough to keep your neck relaxed, similar to the way you sleep.
2) Back: The support for your back should be just below the curve of your back.
3) Hips and thighs: A good chair will provide a good cushion to sit comfortable on the chair.
A good support should be adjustable according to the user. They mostly provide up and down movement.
Do you need Arm Rest?
Many people prefer not having arm rests. But for those who need them, keep reading.
1) Hunching shoulders: The height of your armrest should not be too high so that it makes your shoulders hunch, but also should be so low that it makes you slouch. Make sure your arm rest has height adjustments
2) Armrest distance: If the arm rests are too far or too close you might again experience uncomfortable shoulder positions.
3) Armrest size: The size of the arm rest should be big enough to support your forearms. You can also go for the cushion variety if you need.
Do you need a moving chair?
Now this is completely a personal choice and there is nothing wrong or right here. But if you are buying a moving chair:
1) Make sure it has five wheels.
2) Make sure the wheels movement halts.
3) Make sure it glides freely over the surface.
What chair material do you need?
Most chairs come in a plastic mixed or synthetic variety of material. But many people find it uncomfortable as they can cause rashes on your skin. Or many people are allergic to leather. Make sure you buy a chair that has material that suits your skin.
So there you have it your exact guide on buying a chair. Let us know in the comments if you need to ask anything else related to ergonomic chairs. Happy Sitting