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When you’re thinking about office furniture, the office desk is usually the first item that pops into your mind. But although that’s a fundamental part of an office suite, the humble office chair is actually the piece that kills or cures the working experience.
Investing in the right office chairs for your employees can make the difference between endearing and enduring work hours.
Office Chairs – An Intro
Many of us spend a large chunk of our time sitting at our office desk these days. What we need, therefore, is an ergonomically designed chair to make this sustainable. A well-designed office chair will not only support the lower back, but it will encourage good posture too. And that is the best recipe for a comfortable, focused employee. Sound good? Read on.
What are the basics of ergonomic office chair design?
First and foremost one has to understand that no one chair fits all. Employees are different shapes and sizes; some have long bodies, some have short; some have long arms, some have long legs. But for an individual to be comfortable, their dimensions have to be taken into consideration when picking the best office chair for them.
The next thing one has to grasp is that different office chairs suit different activities. An IT programmer will need a different seat to a personal assistant. Someone who gets up from their office desk frequently will have a different requirement to someone who stays put all day.
And then thirdly, one needs to realise that the office desk and the office chair need to work together to provide the user with the best combined solution for their posture, comfort and functional needs.
Features of an ergonomically designed office chair
Seat height – should be adjustable.
Seat width and depth – should be wide enough and deep enough to support the user comfortably.
Lumbar support – it’s extremely important that an office chair provides good lower back support. As an employer, you want to both prevent future back problems and mitigate existing ones. Lumbar support is a critical step towards achieving this.
Backrest – should also be adjustable, both vertically and backwards/forwards in direction.
Arm rests – should be adjustable.
Capacity to swivel – should rotate easily.
Stability – a five star base is optimal for stability in most working environments.
Padding – 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.
How can CamHam Office Furniture help?
We offer a range of executive and operator seating. Ergonomic design is at the forefront of our minds whenever we’re looking to extend the ranges we have in stock. So you can be assured that we can cater for the needs of your employees. But it’s not just about needs of employees, it’s also about ensuring the office is an aesthetically pleasing environment too. So, as well as offering technically robust office chairs, our ranges also include a choice of colours and materials.
For more information, or just to pick our brains on what will work best for your business, get in touch!