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Working Comfortably: Your Chair

Most people spend 40 hours a week (or more) at their job. Sitting at a desk for this prolonged amount of time can get tiresome, so it’s critically important that you are comfortable at work. Not only is it important for your physical health, but your mental health as well.

To help educate you on workplace comfort and its importance, we’d like to introduce you to our new blog series: Working Comfortably. Each installment in this series will contain valuable information on a specific aspect of your workstation and how to make sure it is set up for ultimate comfort.

Our first Working Comfortably article addresses one of the most important features in your workstation: your chair.

The Importance of a Good Office Chair

You really shouldn’t underestimate just how crucial it is to have a good, turfy office chair. Your chair supports your weight, your back, and your rear for hours on end and, without a good one, your health and posture will suffer.

What To Look for in an Office Chair

There are lot more important things than good lucks to consider when purchasing an office chair. Next time you go shopping for a new chair, make sure it has:

  • A nice, comfy cushion. It should be soft without letting you sink in too deeply. Breathable material is a great plus too.
  • Adjustable height settings. If you’re 5’3”, you’re going to sit differently in a chair than someone who is 6 feet tall. It’s important that your new office chair is height adjustable so you can match it to the height of your desk.
  • Arm rests. You probably don’t use your armrests much if your job involves a lot of typing, but they’re good to have for when your arms and wrists need a break. Getting a chair with adjustable arm rests is a huge bonus.
  • Adjustable backrest. For your back to be comfy, you need your chair’s backrest to be in just the right spot. A good office chair will have both backrest height and depth settings so you can dial in the right position.
  • Tilt/swivel. Almost all good office chairs have this feature, but there are some cheap ones that don’t. Without the ability to tilt, swivel, or roll, you could strain your back while reach for objects on or near your desk.
  • Lumbar support. Your hips and low back are what support your upper back, so it’s extremely important that they’re adequately supported. A good lumbar support cushion will fit in the small of your back without pushing you too far forward.

Ensuring Your Chair is Properly Set Up

Once you’ve bought the perfect chair, you need to set it up to meet the needs of your size and desk. When you set up your chair, make sure:

  • The seat height is such that it allows your wrists to stretch straight out when reaching the keyboard. Your feet should be able to rest on the floor. If you are of shorter stature, you may need a footrest to find a chair height that means you can type comfortably.
  • The lumbar support is in the middle of the lower back, aligned with your belly button. This should leave you sitting in such a way that your tailbone is slightly out and your lower back is curved slightly inwards.
  • There is a space about the size of your fist between the back of your knees and the front edge of your chair. If not, adjust seat back depth accordingly.

Whether you need something for the breakroom, new chairs for your conference room, or a multipurpose chair to do it all, Office Furniture Source has hundreds of chairs to choose from. Learn more about our product offerings by contacting us at 972-242-1700.

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