Shopping for a new ergonomic chair can quickly become an overwhelming experience as there are hundreds, if not thousands, of chairs to choose from. One thing that is certain, there is no such thing as "the best office chair." There are many excellent chairs on the market but the best ergonomic chair for you to buy is going to be one that:
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This article will cover chair fit. Our blog has articles that cover the other points to consider when seeking the best office chair.
In a nutshell, your chair must be a size, or adjustable to a size, that will fit your body comfortably. As people come in sizes, so do chairs. The majority of better quality ergonomic chairs are adjustable to fit most people, in most respects. Some chairs are highly modular and parts can be swapped out to modify an existing chair to fit a different sized person. Cheaper office chairs usually offer limited adjustability and will fit fewer people. Here are the key points to check:
The weight rating for a chair is a safety rating and does not necessarily mean a chair will fit someone nearing the maximum rated weight. Thus other size considerations listed below must also be examined. If a person is nearing the maximum weight, it may be wiser to choose a higher rated chair since weight fluctuates for many people.
The correct seat height is one that allows your knees to be level, or slightly lower, than your hips when seated and your feet flat on the floor. Select a chair with a seated height range that allows your ideal seat height to be somewhere inbetween the lowest and highest settings. That way a variety of shoe heights can still be accommodated. Many ergonomic chairs are available with a choice of cylinders, each offering a different adjustment range. Just keep in mind that with taller and shorter users, seat depth must also be correct.
Special circumstances - in some cases, especially with shorter workers, the ideal seated height is not high enough to reach the workstation. Depending on the circumstances, here are some possible fixes:
Seat Size -
It seems that standard seat sizes keep getting smaller and smaller. Why does seat size matter?
Most desk chairs offer some lumbar support, either by contouring the back cushion to fit the back, or via an adjustable lumbar. The important consideration here is that the lumbar support needs to hit your back in the right place, where it supports the lumbar curve.
|Guidance - If your budget allows for it, get a lumbar support that is both height and depth adjustable.|
Not all ergonomists recommend chair arms and for some users, may actually recommend against them. But for most people, arms will help support the shoulders and arms and provide for more comfortable work.
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