How to choose an ergonomic desk chair
Things to consider when selecting an ergonomic desk chair that’s best for you.
“Oh my aching back!” How many times have you said that after a long day at your desk? If you’re like most people, your answer is probably “quite often.” If your chair is not ergonomically correct for you, it can cause you great physical discomfort—not only at the end of your work day, but in future years as well.
An ergonomically designed chair is one that is crafted with consideration of human anatomy so that it minimizes strain on the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hips and legs. When you shop for an ergonomic desk chair there are many things for you to consider. Primary among them is how you fit the chair and how the chair fits you. The mere label “ergonomically designed” does not necessarily mean that it’s the right chair for you. It must be able to be adjusted to your body’s unique anatomy so that it affords you maximum comfort and minimum strain.
Adjustability is the key word when choosing an ergonomic desk chair. Elements of the chair that should be adjustable so the chair fits you correctly are: seat height, backrest height and tilt positioning plus armrest height and positioning. According to those specializing in ergonomic seating, desk chairs should be constructed to allow adjustments so that the seat curves slightly downward toward the front and that your knees are lower than your hips. The height of the seat should be adjusted so that your feet are resting flat on the floor.
When choosing an ergonomic desk chair to coordinate with other contemporary office furniture select a chair with a seat that is at least an inch wider than your thighs and hips on each side. A critical part of any chair is the backrest; it should provide good lumbar support to conform to the curvature of your spine.
Not only should you consider the above features when shopping for an ergonomic computer desk chair for a bad back, you should also consider the armrest size and height positioning, the 360 degree swivel capability plus ease of caster mobility and whether the seat material is non-slip with adequate padding. The positioning of the levers and their ease of use should also be on your check list.
Of course, the most obvious should not be overlooked—the stability of the chair. As with any type of seating, you must feel safe and secure in the fact that your chair will not tip over if you lean one way or the other. Before you purchase, do some comparative shopping (online is great) to get an idea of pricing, materials used and styling. With the increased interest and emphasis put on ergonomics, there is now a much greater selection from which to choose.