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A Guide To Picking A Stylish Yet Ergonomic Office Chair

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April 01, 2021

If you are looking to get an office chair with maximum comfort and optimal style, there are a few things you should think about before making a purchase. First, consider the frequency and environment in which you will use the chair.

Would you move a lot? Are you worried about back support? As soon as you know the basics, then you can start looking into the design and materials that would work for you. 

Did you know that the average employee spends over 1,700 hours a year sitting in an office chair in front of their desk or on another workstation?

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Ergonomics

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Ergonomics typically plays a central role in office chair purchasing decisions, which is good for your health. A good ergonomic chair can do a lot to reduce injuries resulting from work in the office and even reduce the sick hours that employees ask for their head, shoulder, back, and arm pain.

Office furniture manufacturers are also required to apply national and international standards that define ergonomic design principles. This means that you not only have to look at the aesthetic appearance of a chair or office furniture, but it is also essential to see what it offers in ergonomic terms.

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Seat Height And Tilt Adjustment Mechanism

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A good ergonomic office chair needs to be easily adjusted. In terms of seat height, a variation between forty and fifty-two centimeters from the ground is fine for most people. 

When it comes to seat tilt, a range of at least five degrees forward and back is an excellent place to start. Also, consider whether a chair can be easily adjusted while seated. And remember that most users prefer office chairs that rotate 360 ​​degrees without much effort.

Seat Depth Adjustment

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You will also need to consider whether you can adjust the seat depth of a chair (measurement from back to front). This is necessary depending on your body type and needs.

Some chairs offer the possibility of depth adjustment by sliding the seat backward and forward with a fixed backrest; others keep the seat fixed and offer a backrest that moves back and forth.

Armrests

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Armrests are another thing to consider: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recommends that the armrest's height be adjustable to allow the arms to rest comfortably and the shoulders to relax.

The elbows and forearms should lean lightly, and the forearm should not be on the armrest when typing on a computer keyboard. Some chairs offer further customizations such as removable armrests or armrests that allow you to shorten or widen the distance between them.

Adjustable Backrest

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Some chairs offer a backrest that tilts forward and backward, which helps them recline. Sometimes even in height, if the backrest is separated from the seat. (If a backrest tilts more than 30 degrees, make sure the chair also has a headrest for extra spine support.)

The backrest must have a locking mechanism to be able to fix it after determining the right angle for the back. The adjustable backrest allows a dynamic sitting which prevents the risks of prolonged fixity.

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