What Makes The Perfect Chair For Your Needs?

The Chair Based On Your Needs – What Works Better

            Let’s punch out some of the essential components that make-up the perfect chair for you.  We first want to assess what type of worker that you are.  Are you:

  • Rigid and Still?
  • Fidgety and Irritable?
  • Hunched Forward or Slouched Back?
  • Very Tall or Petite?

Based on the above-mentioned factors, we then want to look at:

  • Adjustability Features
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Width and Depth
  • Lumbar (Lower Back) Support
  • Arm Rest Height
  • Chair Material
  • Maneuverability of the Chair

Combining all these factors will guide you towards the right chair. 

Measurements and Materials

Adjustability

            The first step will be assessing the adjustability features of your chair.  If you are between 5’ and 6’5” tall, you do not want the risk of sitting with bent knees all day.  Therefore, we want to assure the chair features a pneumatic adjuster for seat height to guarantee your knees will sit at 90⁰

            A fidgety person may also rock on their chair often, so you don’t want to run the risk of tilting a ridged chair.    In this case, seek a chair with a multi-tilt component so you can rock away with ease.  Those of you who are more ridged, it is as simple as making sure that a tilt-abled chair has a locking feature so you can sit as still as you’d like all day long. 

            Someone who prefers to have some movement should choose a simple lock free float chair to satisfy their needs[1].  Most office chairs will come standard with a multi-tilt system but if you do not enjoy the spring-loaded feeling when leaning back, a simple lock free float system is the best of the best.  This will guarantee comfort at whatever angle in which you choose to be reclined.

Seat Height  

            If you are a taller individual, choosing a chair with seat height range between 16”-21.5” will be sufficient to assure the strain is taken off your knees and lower back.  Remember, we want to be sure your knees sit at 90⁰ or as close to it as possible. 

            If you are a shorter individual (5’-5’4’’) you want to assure a seat height range of 14.5”-18.15” so we can reach that 90⁰ knee bend. 

            The 90⁰ bend will assure optimal blood flow through the legs and towards the feet to prevent the limbs from ‘falling asleep’ and guaranteeing peak productivity.  Don’t forget to keep in mind your keyboard location, as you want to be sure your knees are bent at 90⁰ while your arms rest comfortably at your side with your forearms parallel with your keyboard.  You could be sat perfectly in your chair but if you are left reaching to type, it defeats the purpose!

Seat Depth and Width 

            We want to make sure we fit perfectly in the seat pan to avoid any feelings of numbness in the posterior as well as a comfortable resting width for our arms on the armrests. 

When seated, with feet flat to the ground, we want to measure a 3-finger width from the back of the knee to the front of the seat pan.  Average to taller individuals will find a normal seat pan with a depth of 19” to be adequate.  Shorter individuals should seek a depth closer to 17” so the backs of their knees are not pressed against the chair.     

Also, we must assure there is at least a one-inch gap on each side of our thighs.  Or, our arms fall naturally to our sides onto the arm rests.  A regular width of 20” will accommodate taller individuals and a smaller width of 18.5” will ensure comfort for smaller individuals.   

If consider yourself to be a wider individual who may benefit from a bit more room, a 22” width will be more than accommodating for your needs. 

Lumber (Lower Back) Support

            This could be the most important aspect of our chairs as poor lumbar support can lead to bad posture, spinal issues as well as associated muscle spasms and tightness.  Your perfect office chair will have a built in or adjustable support that will fit in the small of your lower back. 

            For you ridged workers, you will see the added benefit of this component in your sedentary and moving posture.  Lumbar support will guarantee an upright posture that will extend throughout the spine all the way to your neck.  You will no longer have to decide if you are someone who is slouched back or hunched forward, you’ll be just perfect!

            You will want to pick a chair that has an adjustable back height option so the curve of the chair will fit naturally in the small of your back.  If not, a moveable pad will suffice as a cheaper option while still getting better results than a flat chair back. 

Arm Rest Height

            Let’s come back to the lucky number 90.  When your arms naturally fall to your sides on your armrest, you want to be sure the shoulders are not tensed and that your forearms are perpendicular to the spine.  This means that your elbows should be bent at a perfect 90⁰.  This will be the measure of where you’ll want your keyboard height to be to maximize productivity and minimize reaching. 

            Your perfect office chair should have adjustable arm rests to set them at the perfect height.  If you want to take the comfort even further, you can get swivel adjustable arms to make typing for long hours as easy as can be without putting any sort of strain on the shoulders, forearms or wrists.  This will alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel as well as avoid strain to past injuries of the shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands. 

Chair Material

            There are many options out there for chair material but let’s not get caught up in the aesthetics, again!  For long hours in the chair, someone who is ridged choose a mesh Airknit fabric backrest to optimize breathability and comfort.  Really, anyone should steer towards a breathable backrest so the material will hug the figure and assure comfort. 

            The seat itself should be a high-quality padding, preferably a dense memory foam for long-hour sitters, to minimize wear and tear.  A heavy fabric seat will provide the same comfortability but may not be ideal for someone who eats at the desk often (because of spills).  Leather will provide the seat comfort and durability that most of us look for but may weather over time. 

            We want to combine the materials that will give us the coolest comfort as well as durability, a heavy fabric seat with Airknit back should be the sought-after option to accommodate nearly all types of office workers.  This feature will be based on preference, but a breathable material will reduce pressure on the back, increasing blood flow and ultimately circulation to all limbs while seated for long periods of time.

 

Maneuverability of the Chair

            Finally, we want to be sure we can move around with ease while also avoiding any sort of damage to our floors.  Most duel wheel nylon casters will assure smooth gliding across carpet.  Most taller wheel circumferences, like a tall glass reinforced nylon, will avoid being dragged in carpet.

            If your office has hardwood or vinyl flooring, you still want the smooth maneuverability without the worry of scratching the floors.  In this case we need to pick a thermoplastic rubber or neoprene rubber, like a roller blade wheel, to best suit your floors.  Any hard urethane dual wheel casters will suffice for gliding across hard surfaces.

You’re all set!

            Following these simple steps will assure that you can maximize productivity and comfort in your home office.  Picking the right chair is essential to your working needs as well as your health!  For the most accommodating options please visit https://www.abilityatwork.ca/ for all your home office needs!  For top quality products that will best suit your home office or workplace needs, visit https://www.ergoequip.com/

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