Most people who have an office job have a common complain—back pain, being uncomfortable all day, and being more and more tired by the day. Those complain boils down to the fact that they spend a great deal of time in an office chair.
They’re sitting all day, shouldn’t they be comfortable?
That’s the common misconception but is hardly the case. Most often than not, the chair they’re using do not have proper support for the lower back nor promote good posture. Sitting all day is already detrimental to one’s health and using a poorly designed chair for prolonged sitting is adding more stress to the structures in the spine.
However, in a market full of great ergonomic chair, buying one can be challenging. But to make your search easier, you just have to focus what you need out of an office chair. Don’t get blinded by added features that you probably wouldn’t even make use of. Here are some things that you should keep in mind when shopping for the perfect office chair for you.
Sitting in front of a computer all day is very stressful for your back. This is why you find yourself leaning back on your chair in the middle of the day while still trying to work. Because of this, it’s important that your office chair should be able to recline while still allowing you to reach your keyboard without straining your eye, shoulders, or arms.
Your Joints Should Be Comfortable At 90 Degree Angles
Your hips, knees, ankles, and elbows should be at 90 degrees while sitting on your office chair. This could mean the chair is either too tall or too short for you. This can result to your blood circulation being limited and there will be too much pressure on the sensitive area behind the knee if the position is too high. While if it’s too low, your body weight will shift back and put pressure on the sitting bones.
The lumbar spine has an inward curve or what people typically address to as the small of the back. Now, it’s important that you find an ergonomic chair that have lumbar adjustment both height and depth that you can easily adjust to fit you. Otherwise you would end up slouching after sitting for long periods of time without lumbar support and strain your lower back.
Don’t Ignore The Upholstery
When it comes to this, don’t be easily bought by how cool the material looks. Instead, try sitting on it before you buy it, make sure you feel comfortable while seated. Go for breathable, medium texture upholstery because this is the kind if material that even after hours and hours of sitting will still make you feel comfortable. If it feels scratchy, pokey, or hot it will surely bother you all day, so it’s best to walk away from that chair.
Can you easily move the chair in case you have to transfer it from one room to another? Can you easily slide and rotate the chair to reach different areas of your desk without straining? You should be able to move freely in your workspace to boost productivity, so ask yourself these questions before purchasing a particular chair.
Adjusting Your Office Chair Should Not Require Tools
You will find yourself needing to adjust the chair to your comfort throughout the day. So be sure you buy one that won’t require any tool to do that because that would be too much of a hassle when you’re supposed to be investing in this chair for convenience. Ask for a demonstration or try adjusting the chair for yourself before buying to be certain you know how to operate everything.
It Should Encourage You To Move
Yes, you’re buying an ergonomic chair to be comfortable and not strain your body even after hours of sitting. However, you won’t be sitting in one position all day right? You’ll be shifting from one position to another throughout the day so you should consider picking a chair that supports your body even when you move. So when you’re testing a chair, really test it out. Try different positions that you usually do when you sit in front of a computer all day, move around, if it’s still comfortable then you found your chair.