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Office Chair Adjustment Guide


No single office chair will work well for everyone. Because of this, it is important that everyone understands how to properly adjust their chairs to best suit them. This will increase productivity and performance, and may even reduce the amount of back pain they may suffer. By using the following guidelines you can learn to utilize your office chair to the best of its potential.

Seat Height

The seat should be at the level that allows the feet to be flat on the floor, thighs parallel and knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Check this while at your desk. This will make sure that it is not too high or low for that desk. Be sure that if you have a keyboard tray, that there is good clearance between your legs and the tray. If for optimal desk use, your feet do not touch flat to the floor, consider getting an ergonomic foot rest.


These should be adjusted so that the wrists are straight when the arms are extended to reach the keyboard or mouse. They should support the arms for most activities, so that less stress is placed on the neck and arms. Be sure they can still slide under the desk also, for when you might need to get closer, or just for when you leave and want to push the chair in.

Seating Surface

The seat of the chair should not create pressure on the back of the legs or knees, cutting off blood supply. Knees should extend a few centimetres from the end of the chair so to avoid any major issues. If the chair itself cannot equate for this, consider buying a seat cushion. There are many on the market for all sorts of issues.


The backrest, as suggested in the name, should support the back at all times. Many chairs have an angle adjustment option for the best support of the lower back. The best angles are between 90 and 120 degrees for optimal support. Some chairs allow for the entire backrest to be moved up and down, so this should be taken into account also.

Tilt Lock

The tilting of the chair can be locked in for almost all chairs on the market. This is handy for those people who like to push their backs into their chairs as they work, but don't want to be actually tilting back.

An ergonomic chair is the most important factor in the workplace for comfort and reduced pain. Having the most expensive chair in the world will mean nothing however, if it has not been properly adjusted to suit you. By using this guide you can set up your chair to the best of its abilities. There are also many ergonomic accessories that when combined with a well adjusted office chair can make the work week far more pleasurable.

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