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5 Things to Consider before Buying an Office Chair

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5 things you must consider
before buying an office chair

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Ergonomics are Important!

When choosing a new office chair, the best looking chair is not always the best to buy. The most important things to consider are comfort and support. By understanding what features a good chair has, it will be easier to find the chair that’s right for you.

By working in an office, you likely spend at least 70% of your time sitting in a chair, so the quality and comfort of your office chair can affect your health and productivity.

This guide will help you make an informed decision about how to choose the perfect office chair for you.

1. Reclinability

Good reclining chairs can help you relieve the pressure on your back by taking the weight off your spine. This can help you achieve the right viewing angle for your computer screen, avoid straining your eyes and also reach your keyboard easily while relaxing your arms and shoulders.

Things to Consider

Tilt Lock?

Tilt lock enables you to fix the backrest in any reclined position or release the backrest to move with you as you lean backwards into the chair.

Syncro Tilt?

The seat and back of the chair are linked and tilt together as you lean back.

Center Tilt Movement?

The pivot point of the tilt is located at the center of the base, this lets you recline the seat back to a comfortable angle.

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2. Back and Neck Support

Back support is one of the most important things to consider when looking for a new chair. Your chair should allow you to sit comfortably with relaxed shoulders and no stress on any place in your back.

Things to Consider

Back Height Adjustment?

Adjust the height of the back rest to alleviate back stress and provide more support.

Adjustable Lumbar Support?

Chairs with this feature will allow you to adjust the depth and/or height of the lumbar support to follow the natural curve of your spine which can improve posture and relieve lower back pain.

Headrest?

An adjustable headrest can provide extra comfort and support of your neck and head.

3. Armrests

Armrests are an important part of proper ergonomics. You want armrests that will support your arms, yet still allow your shoulders and neck to feel relaxed.

Things to Consider

Arm Height Adjustment?

Raise or lower the height of your armrests to relax the neck and shoulders.

Arm Length Adjustment?

Move forward or back to rest your forearms in a comfortable position.

Armrest Material?

Padding can provide extra comfort.

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4. Seat Comfort

When sitting for hours a day, most of the pressure is going to your buttocks and thighs. Having the right seat can be paramount to your comfort.

Things to Consider

Seat Depth & Angle?

Adjust to reduce the pressure on your buttocks and thighs.

Seat Height?

Adjust the height of your seat so that your feet are flat on the floor.

Seat Material?

Chairs offering a mesh seat can provide an increased amount of airflow, whilst chairs with upholstered seats and good padding, can provide extra comfort.

5.  Quality

Lastly look for a chair that has been independently tested and is backed by a strong warranty. In Australia AFRDI provides the highest quality testing standards.

Things to Consider

ARFDI Rated Load?

A concept developed by AFRDI to test and certify chairs for safe use outside the ‘normal’ loading of 110 kg.

BIFMA Tested?

American National Standard General Purpose Office Chairs – Test for:  Back Pull, Unit Base, Seat Drop, Swivel Cycling, Tilt Mechanism, Seating Impact, Stability, Arm Strength, Back Durability, Caster Durability, Caster Swivel, Caster Rolling.

Warranty?

Look for a company that stands behind the quality of their products. A warranty should cover everything—including casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts, padding, upholstery and all moving mechanisms.

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