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Office chairs – What mix do you need?

Jul 24, 2018

You’re probably thinking office chairs are just office chairs, and that’s it. People sit on them. People work from them. They slide under desks at the end of the day.

You’re probably thinking office chairs are just office chairs, and that’s it. People sit on them. People work from them. They slide under desks at the end of the day. But you know what? Actually, picking the right office chairs for each job role matters. Not only are office chairs a functional piece of kit that need to be comfortable and supportive, they are also status symbols. You want each member of staff looking forward to sitting down every day… so picking the right mix of office chairs, therefore, makes a difference.

So what are you working with?

Operator Office Chairs

As office chairs go, these are the workhorses. Also referred to as task chairs, they are probably what pop into your mind when you hear the term office chairs said. They’ll be extremely functional, but healthy-comfort (rather than executive-comfort) will be very much part of the design. Standard operator chairs usually have swivel castors, a gas lift for adjustable height, and will pivot from side to side. But the height and support the back rest offers is worth checking. Ergonomically designed office chairs will keep your staff comfortable and working efficiently. And they will reduce time off work with back troubles…

Features to look out for include:

  • Armrests (ideally adjustable)
  • Headrests
  • Adjustable back support
  • Lumbar support
  • Castors that can be fixed or free-wheeling

Executive Office Chairs

Often considered to be for managers and directors, executive chairs offer a very different style and comfort to operator chairs. They are larger, considerably so. They tend to have higher arms, deeper padding in the seat and back. And they’re often made of leather. They will also have a level of adjustability, but they don’t tend to be quite so ergonomically designed.

Meeting Room Chairs

No collection of office chairs is complete without a style specifically chosen for meeting rooms. They will be simple. Some have arms, many don’t. They will be designed to fit closely together to maximise numbers that can sit around a table. They will be padded, but probably not so much as operator chairs. And they will be light. Their functional role is more limited than workstation chairs; it’s basically to seat people in a meeting. They don’t necessarily need to swivel, or roll on castors, but it may be useful if they’re height adjustable. Different businesses run different types of meeting, so you’ll need to decide what your specific requirements are when you’re choosing.

Top tips for choosing the right office chairs

  1. Understand that no one size fits all. That can be referring to height, weight, leg length, and arm length. Help your staff to be efficient. Give them the ability to make adjustments in their seating.
  2. Understand that no one office chair suits all activities. People who are up and down from their desk frequently have different needs to someone who is typing all day.
  3. Choose office chairs that work with the size and shape of the desks they’re to go with. Being able to slide your chair under your desk at the end of the day is very satisfying. It looks tidier and signifies that tomorrow will be another day. Be mindful that these small things do boost morale.

To find out more about office chairs, or just to pick our brains on what will work best for your business, please do give us a call.

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