Don’t suffer from back pain and other ailments because you've been sitting in a substandard or poorly adjusted home office chair. Choose a chair for your home office that will be both comfortable and healthy.
When it comes to office equipment, nothing is more important than a comfortable and ergonomically supportive work chair. A home office chair that fits you well will make a big difference in the way your body feels throughout and at the end of your business day.
Sitting in a substandard or poorly adjusted chair affects the almost 100 muscles you use while sitting in your office chair. Select a chair that is designed for both comfort and health.
When it comes to basic features for your home office chair, you want to look for those that provide support, comfort and adjustability. At the very least, try to get a chair that has height and back adjustment features. These features should be within easy reach while you are seated. Keep in mind that the more adjustment capabilities a chair has, the more people will be able to sit on it comfortably.
Check out the range of height adjustment. You want to be able to sit with your feet resting comfortably on the floor, thighs supported and parallel to the floor.
Look for a height adjustable backrest that is sufficiently cushioned and provides lower back (lumbar) support.
A cushioned and adjustable armrest is optimal. It should allow for the forearm to be in a 90 degree angle and should just support the elbow.
At least an inch of space around your hips and thighs on each side of the chair would be best. You’ll also need a sufficiently thick chair cushion for long-term comfort.
For stability, office work chairs should have five legs. You can also improve stability and prevent tipping, by staying away from any chair that has a front seat edge extending farther than the radius of the legs. Be sure the casters on the chair you select are designed for your particular floor surface. You don’t want to go sliding across your hardwood floor at breakneck speeds. If you have a carpet, use a chair mat for easy chair movement and to prevent carpet wear.
For infrequent chair use, just about any comfortable and durable chair would be fine. Moderate chair users will want at the least a basic ergonomically designed chair with height and back adjustment features.
The term “ergonomics” has been overused, abused and misconstrued. Something that is truly ergonomically designed results in reduced fatigue and physical discomfort, and encourages productivity. An ergonomic design can also reduce or eliminate pain, and prevent potential injuries.
Claims of “ergonomic” design on product packages are often used simply as a marketing ploy, with no research performed on the human body usage of a particular product. There are currently no regulations or offices governing the use of the “ergonomic” label. Be aware that certain products with false claims of “ergonomic” design can actually have an adverse rather than beneficial effect on the body.