The ideal is to choose ergonomic
chairs with as many adjustments as possible (height, inclination, etc.),
because an adjustable chair, allows customization to the user, giving the
possibility to adjust it to their real needs and their body. The following
adjustments are recommended: seat height; backrest height; and armrests.
- Seat height and structure: the
seat should be smooth, slightly tilted back and easily adjustable, so that the
height is perfectly in agreement with the user of the chair;
- Width and depth of seat: an
ergonomic seat has had enough depth and width to support the user with all possible
- Lumbar support: it is important
that the backrest or support allows the back to fit with spine protection,
requiring less effort from the neck to maintain a good posture;
- Back support: the back support
(chair backrest) should be adjustable both forwards and backwards;
- Seat material: the seat and
backrest material should be padded to maintain comfort even during long periods
- Armrests: when the chair has
armrests, these should also be adjustable.
- Castors: the chair should
rotate easily, effortlessly, regardless of the type of floor;
- Stability: working environments
need good stability chairs, to support the day to day working environment. For
this, a base containing five points is recommended;
And the materials? And the
finish? previously evaluate, when possible, the materials with which the chair
components are manufactured. High quality materials provide greater strength
and durability, and may eventually have a direct impact on price.
One of the most common mistakes
in the choice of office chair is to take into account only the price. And what
is your memory of the last really cheap chair you bought? Was the experience
good? A good quality chair will have a high lifetime, ensuring well-being to
your team as well as a good return on investment to the company.
Some tests are also recommended,
even with your employees when possible. Sitting and testing for a few minutes,
tinkering with the various settings and simulating working environment
conditions, checking ergonomics, component quality, finish and comfort. Ask
questions and ask the manufacturer or distributor for support. Commercial teams
or office furniture consultants who are market leaders should have specialized
people to help you.
Just in jest and metaphor - have
you noticed the importance you give to the mattress you sleep on? the chair we
use in the office should be ergonomic and of great quality taking into account
some of the tips we present in this article. We are very demanding when it
comes to buying a mattress, but we should also be demanding when it comes to
the chair, as we may spend more time in it than in bed.