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Ergonomic chairs… what gives?

Jul 14, 2015

I bet you never realised that sitting can actually be a stress position? If you already have back issues you may now be wondering if the office chair you’re using is compounding the problem… And you may be right.
 

Why do you need ergonomic office furniture?

I bet you never realised that sitting can actually be a stress position? If you already have back issues you may now be wondering if the office chair you’re using is compounding the problem… And you may be right.

In today’s working environment, many of us spend a significant proportion of our time sitting at our office desk, and thus well-designed ergonomic chairs really can make all the difference. Not only do they support the lower back, but they also prompt good posture too. Not only are they functional, but they provide comfort as well.  There’s no need to break the bank either, second hand or used office furniture would be just as effective as long as it’s the right design for you.

So, bearing in mind we’re all different, how does one choose exactly the right piece of furniture? What should one look for in a well-designed office chair?

What is ergonomic office furniture?

First, let’s consider the basics of ergonomic design:

Understand… no one chair fits everyone. We’re all different shapes and sizes; long bodies, short bodies, long arms… you get the picture. Therefore, an individual’s dimensions must be taken into consideration when picking the best ergonomic chair.
One office chair may not suit every activity. So, a programmer will probably need a different chair to a doctor. Someone who gets up and out of their chair frequently will have a different requirement to someone who literally sits at their office desk all day.
The style of office desk and the design of the chair need to work together to provide you with the best combined solution for posture, comfort and functional needs.
8 top features for ergonomic chairs
So, with the scene now set, we’ve put together 8 top features for ergonomic chairs that you’ll need to be aware of:

Seat height – this should be easily adjustable. At CamHam, we can advise you on what the optimal seat height should be for you.
Seat width and depth – this should have enough width and depth to support you comfortably.
Lumbar support – good lower back support is extremely important in helping to prevent future back problems, as well as helping to mitigate existing ones.
Backrest – this should be adjustable in both vertical and backward/forward directions.
Arm rests – they should be adjustable.
Swivel – an ergonomic chair should rotate easily.
Stability – we recommend a five star base for most working environments.
Seat material – both the seat and the back should have enough padding to be both comfortable and functional, as well as enable a user to sit for extended periods of time. 
And finally, here’s a quick tick list of adjustment mechanisms that are necessary to fine-tune things:

  • Seat height
  • Seat rest height
  • Seat tilt
  • Back rest tilt
  • Back rest support
  • Back rest depth
  • Synchronised seat & back
  • Let CamHam help
  • So, now that you’re aware of what a difference an ergonomic chair can make, what can you do?

As we mentioned before in our article about height adjustable desks, a comfortable, healthy employee is a happy employee. Ergonomic chairs purposefully have comfort, user health and functionality at the heart of their design. At CamHam, we understand the importance of choosing the right office furniture to ensure it’s perfect for you and its purpose.  What’s more is we specialise in providing high quality used office furniture, ensuring the same top quality pieces, but at a lower cost for you.

So for further advice on what ergonomic office furniture will best meet your employee needs  contact us today.

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