How do we find the Best Ergonomic Office Chair?
Well, no matter how technology continues to evolve, there will always be a need for the best ergonomic office chair. Our goal is to take an intangible shopping application and help you make the best informed decision as if we were completing a personalized, onsite chair fitting (similar to what we practice in our Austin TX showroom).
Before we examine the many definitions & components of a ergonomic chair, let’s review the 4 areas of the spine
- Cervical Spine is the section in the neck area
- Thoracic Spine is down the back and is comprised of 12 vertebrae
- Lumbar Spine starts below the thoracic spine and the
- Sacral Spine , the sacrum, also called S1
- Coccyx bone which is also known as the tail bone.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A CHAIR
1. Chair Mechanism Options: This is the first major component to finding the right chair for you, how you control the chair adjustments. Focus on the areas of your back, bottom, and hips that cause the most discomfort and will need extra support or adjustments.
2. Cylinder Height/Pnuematic Seat Height & Seat Depth:
The second component and measurement needed is the seat height: Sit so as to create a 90 degree angle between your thigh and your calf while your feet are completely flat on the floor (as seen in the diagram on the left). If this cannot be accomplished, a footrest is a must have companion for your chair to obtain correct seating posture.
For the cylinder height, measure the distance from the floor to the angle at the back of your knee.
To measure the seat depth take the point at the back of the knee and then to the back of the buttocks.
TIPS: Always consider your height as well as the desk height. If the desk is too high and cannot be lowered, consider a drafting chair such the RFM Highback series. Users should be able to sit in the chair without undue pressure against the back of the knees, their back properly supported by the backrest and with adequate buttock and thigh support. Therefore look for an option called seat depth adjuster or seat slider which gives more flexibility in those areas.
3. Seat Width & Seat Pan Angle: The seat should be wider than the hip range allowing space for movement and clothing. The seat width should not limit the ability to comfortably use the armrests. The angle of the seat pan should allow the user to support their feet on the floor or footrest. Seat pan angles should not cause the user’s torso-to-thigh angle to be less than 90 degrees. Forward seat pan angles should not cause people to shift excessive weight to their feet or feel the sensation of sliding out of the chair.
4. Backrest Height & Width: Backrests should extend ample lumbar support and buttocks clearance. For tasks requiring upper body mobility but not interfere with the user’s movement (typically these backs should not be higher than the bottom of the user’s shoulder blades). For users who prefer reclining postures, or more upper back support, the back height should provide support for the shoulder blades. The width of the backrest should provide adequate support for the curvature of the person’s back.
5. Armrest Height , Length & Width: The height of the armrest should let individuals sit in a variety of positions while supporting their forearms and/or elbows in a way that avoid lifting the shoulders (the result of armrests set too high) or leaning to the side to reach the armrest (the result of armrests set too low). The length of the armrest should allow the person to sit close enough to the work surface to perform their tasks while maintaining contact with the backrest. Look for a chair that offers width adjustment which allows the armrests to be placed closer to the individual.
Not sure which ergonomic chair is best suited for you? Simply fill our chair questionnaire and we will provide suggestions based upon your particular body type, discomfort areas & budget. We are available via phone at 877-907-8688, [email protected] or live chat.
Ergoprise: is a certified, woman-owned, multi-brand provider of high quality office, mobile, and industrial ergonomic tools located in Austin, Texas. Through our showroom, website, and sales team we offer a broad range of ergonomic products that have been selected to provide individuals with a comfortable working environment that delivers an excellent return on investment.