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How to Buy an Office Chair
Selecting the right office chair is a personal decision that depends on your preferences, height and how much you will use the chair. There is an incredible variety of office chairs available, so knowing what features to look for will help you select the best office chair for you.
Start by thinking about what style and appearance you want. After using the filters to narrow this down, look at the features and sizes of the individual chairs.
Fabric will typically be the least expensive, but leather and vinyl will be easier to keep clean. Mesh office chairs are also very popular because they are breathable and generally conform more to your body. You will want a durable chair if you will use it frequently for long periods of time.
You will also want to select a color to complement your décor. Ranging from black to white or steel, there are many options to choose from.
Office chairs are available with many different features for the best posture and comfort. Look for the following features to get the benefits these features provide:
- • A tilt mechanism will maintain support as your move and reclined.
- • Lumbar support, as well as mid and upper-back support will make your chair more comfortable and promote good posture.
- • A rounded or waterfall edge at the front of the seat prevents the chair from cutting off circulation behind the knees.
- • Armrests can help alleviate pressure on the back and should be adjustable to support your arms during various tasks. They should be broad, contoured and cushioned to be most comfortable.
- • Adjustable height is an important office chair feature. For the best posture,your thighs should be parallel to the ground and both feet should rest flat on the floor. A chair at the appropriate height will also allow the wrists to be staight while typing.
- • Rolling and swiveling are two features that will prevent you from excessively twisting your spine.
Selecting the appropriate size of chair will optimize your comfort level and help your posture. You should have 2-3 inches of space between the front edge of the seat and the back of your knees to prevent the cut-off of circulation.
The seat should be at least one inch wider on each side than the widest part of your hips for the most comfortable sitting experience. If the chair is too narrow, it can compromise your posture and not provide enough thigh support.
Take a Seat
Once you select and receive your new office chair, take some time to get it properly adjusted to your height and use. A few minutes of adjustments can have a huge impact on your comfort level.