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5 Tips for Buying an Office Chair

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 19, 2016 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Jan 18, 2016

It’s the place you probably spend more time in than your home sofa, your car, or even your bed. You see it first thing every morning and probably keep seeing it far too long into the night. All this sounds like a bad riddle, but the answer is…your office chair. For something used as much as it is, most people don’t put a lot of thought into what they are currently using. This is too bad, because a comfortable desk chair can make a huge difference in how productive and creative you are during the day. That said, here are 5 tips to keep in mind when you set off on your quest to buy a new office chair. 1. “E” is For “Ergonomic” An ergonomic chair has back and body support built into its frame and seat back. Look for lumbar support adjustment levers or other ways to adjust the back or seat angle, and to change the tension of the back lumbar support. The idea is that you use these types of chair features to help comfortably support your back and maintain an erect, comfortable seating posture. For anyone who works in front of a computer all day, this type of feature is a must. 2. It Pays to Be Adjustable Being able to adjust is a great idea to keep in mind when you are travelling, dealing with your significant other, or negotiating with a six-year-old. Adjustable features are also great to have in an office chair design. Chairs that adjust in height allow you to change your seating posture to suit different tasks. Raise up and sit high for sketching, drawing or holding meetings; lower the chair to find the sweet spot for typing or web browsing. Designs that have a tilt and swivel adjustment points give you additional flexibility. In conjunction with ergonomic features, you’ll be able to adjust your chair to keep you sitting pretty over long periods of time. 3. It’s All In the Seat Let’s face it, you can have the best looking chair in the world, but unless it has a comfortable seat it won’t do you any good. Look for upholstered fabric or leather designs that offer deep cushions for the most padded feel. Mesh seats and mesh backs provide the best ventilation and breathability, as well as being the most lightweight. 4. Space Is the Place Space, as in, what’s your office space like. If you have deep pile carpets, you may want to opt for a chair with fixed legs. If you need to be moving about and zipping in and out of your work station, then rolling casters-wheels are the way to go. Chairs with wheels make it easy to reposition your chair, or move it so that you can visit and consult with others. 5. Now Featuring! Here are a couple of other features to bear in mind when shopping for an office chair. Do you want a chair with arms or a sleeker look that is armless ? If you are going to be resting your arms on a desk top while you work and type, you may not need to extra bulk of chair arms. Back or backless? Chairs without a back look sleek and cool, allow for easy access, and are preferred by some artists. For maximum support and comfort, however, a chair with a back and ergonomic features is best. Finally, a chair design with a footrest gives you the flexibility to elevate your legs while you are working. Also, depending on the type of work you do, a footrest allows you to take the pressure of your feet and lower leg joints. So there you have it. Keep these tips in mind when shopping for a new office chair and you’re sure to be working happier in no time. Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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