It is important that your ergonomic chair adjusts and supports your body and posture in the correct way. To ensure that you get the most out of your chair, you need to familiarise yourself with the chair’s adjustability before investing in one. Below are some guidelines to consider:
Seat Height – Firstly, you want to ensure that the chair/seat can adjust to the height you require. This can significantly impact how you work at your workstation, and where your feet are positioned when you’re at the correct seated height. If your feet are not flat on the ground when you’re at the correct seated height, consider using a footrest to avoid “swinging feet” or positioning your feet on the base of the chair. Incorrect support of your feet may negatively influence blood circulation from the knee to the foot.
Seat Pan Depth – It is important to enquire if your ergonomic chair can adjust its seat pan depth. There should be at least a two-finger space between the front of the chair’s seat pan and the back of your knees. This space enables you to have your legs positioned at a 90-degree angle with your feet on the floor or on a footrest. It will also ensure that the blood flow to your lower legs are not restricted.
Adjustable Lumbar Support – This, in my opinion, is one of the main reasons people seek a new office chair. Your ergonomic chair’s lumbar support should fit the natural curve of your spine. Some chairs offer a fixed, curved lumbar seat solution, whereas some offer an adjustable lumbar support which is usually built into the chair itself. No option is better than the other as it all depends on which chair you find more comfortable and provides you with the support your lower back requires. We recommend an ergonomic chair with an adjustable lower back support.
Armrest Adjustability – In most cases ergonomic chairs offer height adjustable armrests; however, height adjustability is not the only option available. Some chairs have armrests that can pivot backwards and forwards and offer width adjustments or turn inwards and outwards. Having your armrests positioned correctly can reduce strain and discomfort in your upper body, which includes your shoulders, elbows, wrist and back.
The option of a Headrest – Many people enquire if a headrest is necessary when investing in an ergonomic chair. The answer to that solely depends on the user and their individual discomforts, seated posture and use of the chair. Headrests provide additional comfort and support for the head and neck when in a reclined position. Using a chair in a reclined position without a headrest is not advisable.Ergonomicsdirect is proud to introduce our new, exciting ergonomic chair range – the Ergo Office and Ergo Exec ergonomic chairs. If you require more information on our new offering, click here. If you require any other information that will assist you in making a more informed decision on your ergonomic chair investment, please feel free to contact one of our product advisors on 021 426 2378.