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Posted on 19 May 2014 in: Furniture & Seating

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Posture is paramount to comfort in the workplace. There are a wide variety of office chairs on the market. It can make it difficult for the consumer to decide on the correct office chair. 

The right chair + correct posture = comfort

The right chair + correct posture = comfort

Most office chairs today will be height adjustable. However, many standard operator office chairs, typist chairs and computer chairs do not provide enough support for the lumbar or lower back area.

Ergonomic office chairs will have more functions than a standard operator chair. The idea behind these additional functions being that the user can adjust the chair to suit their own anatomy and individual requirements.

With an ergonomic office chair one would expect to be able to adjust not only seat height but also the lumbar support or back height. Height adjustable arms and a seat slide are other important functions for an ergonomic office chair.

Adjusting Your Office Chair for Posture

When sitting at an office chair the seat height is the first adjustment. Ideally the chair should be raised or lowered until the feet rest flat on the floor. In those of shorter stature a footrest may be necessary for deskwork unless using a height adjustable desk.

Once the seat height is adjusted the back height should be raised or lowered to support the lower back (lumbar region of the spine). Seat slide is adjusted to accommodate the length of the legs. When correctly adjusted, it should be possible to place at least two finger-widths between the edge of the seat and the back of your knee. This ensures your back will remain in contact with the backrest, avoiding pressure behind the knees or lower back.

Adjustable armrests should be raised or lowered so the forearms rest comfortably at a desk. Ideally armrests should be angle and depth adjustable too.

Are you sitting comfortably?

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