For many Americans forty hours or more a week is spent in an office. Much of that time at a desk, sitting in an office chair. Because of the amount of time sitting in a chair, it makes sense to find a quality office chair that will provide the support and comfort for a long days’ work. A good office chair is more than just a place to park yourself. It makes your job easier, reduces your stress, and even tells the rest of us who you are. So, what do you look for in a quality office chair? Adjustments. Adjustments of all kinds,
Step 1 - Custom height adjustment
You want an office chair that you can adjust to your height. The best ergonomic position puts your thighs at a horizontal level to the floor. You want a chair that will let you raise and lower the seat to the correct level for you.
Step 2 - Backrest adjustment
You will want a backrest on your office chair that can adjust for support while leaning toward your work. As importantly, you also need support when leaning backward to rest or relax working the phones.
Step 3 - Lower back adjustment
Most stress and back pain lie in the lower back. Sitting for long periods taxes the spine and muscles of the lumbar area. And, while most office chairs claim some lumbar support, you need firm and angled support that matches the curvature of your spine. Good lumbar support arches against your spine to reduce your slumping and, consequently, straining and compressing your lower discs.
Step 4 - Depth and width measurement
No two people are built the same, so you want to customize your office chair as best as you can. Choose an office chair that is wide enough and deep enough to be comfortable, but not one that’s too big to give you the individualized support you need.With your back against the back of the chair you should have two to four inches between the back of your knees and the front of the seat pad.
Step 5 - Armrest ergonomics
Armrests on an office chair share and distribute the strain and compression on your neck and shoulders. Arms should sit at the natural elbow level, so your forearms are horizontal to your thighs and the floor.
Step 6- Controlling adjustments
Levers, locking mechanism, and adjustment controls on an office chair have to be reached easily from a seated position. Your work day in the right office chair may require your to raise and lower the chair, move the backrest forward and back, and tilt one way or another. You want to be able to make these adjustments with one hand from a sitting position.
Step 7 - Padding and covering
Comfortable padding can make or break your day. Office chair padding should be comfortable over long periods. Soft padding may not provide the support you need but a cushion that’s too firm may be painful by the end of the day. Be selective and pick one that’s just right.
Fabric covering will let your body breathe, and many fabrics are also stain resistant, fashionable, and durable. Leather coverings come in a range of quality, some more comfortable than others.
Step 8 - Moving easily
Swiveling, rolling, and rotating about the floor contribute to your office efficiency, whether you are a clerk or an executive. Casters make the movement of an office chair more fluid and flexible, but all casters are not equal. Casters are designed to reduce friction and minimize wear and tear on the floor.
Afterthoughts An office chair's form should match its function. A call-center operator needs a comfort level that someone in shipping and delivery may not. An executive wants to make a statement, but a receptionist may need more comfort. In any case, budget should not be the sole concern.
The office chair choice will affect your health, comfort, and productivity. So, make a carefully informed choice for a return on your investment. The sales associates at Tascosa Office Machines are concerned about your office furniture needs. They are trained to evaluate need an provide options. If you have questions about any of our office chairs or other office furniture, business machines, or support services, Contact Us at Tascosa Office Machines. Check out our website to see our full line of products and services and to read more About Us. You can shop our showrooms in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, or reach our eStore from anywhere. We want to help you sit up straight - and comfortably!