If not a standing desk, an office chair is a necessary seat for the majority of our work days. It helps us sit, stand, and move from place to place with ease. If you are an individual who sits in your office chair for hours on end at work each day, you know how important the task is to make it through the day without any strain on your body. All this sitting can result in stiffness and a little too much “lower back pain” in addition to other issues like needing more sleep or neck pain during rest breaks.
Here are some things to consider before purchasing your next office chair:
- Durability: Your office chair is going to get a lot of use over the years. It needs to be able to handle that, especially if you are the type of person who likes to take their stress out on your furniture (growling, punching it and such). Some office chairs have warranties of up to 10 years, so look for that information when you’re shopping around.
- Adjustable Seat Height: Go with a chair that has an adjustable seat height. Not only will it allow people of different heights to use the same desk chair with ease, but it also adds versatility in terms of working multiple tasks at one time.
- Ergonomic Seating: If you sit in your chair for hours at a time, it’s important to have an ergonomic chair. One of the best places to start looking is by considering the seat’s shape and design. For example, a rounder cushion and a slightly lower back will help promote better blood circulation while keeping you in position throughout your day.
- Multiple Height Adjustable: If the original seat height isn’t comfortable for your particular body, you should consider working with multiple heights available from your office chair provider. This will allow you to keep sitting in an office chair that is comfortable for you without having to purchase “whole new” chairs or adjust them every few months like before.
- The Seat: Some office chair companies have invented “breathable” seat materials. While this is a great idea, you will want to make sure that the company offers a warranty on these items in case they start tearing or wearing out prematurely. This is simply due to the nature of their design and what they are used for.
- Arm Rests: Many people struggle with the armrests at first when sitting in an office chair for long periods of time, but it’s really about getting used to them and finding your own comfort level with using them for extended periods. Also, try different types of armrests to see which ones are most comfortable for you.
- Size: Make sure that the wheels on your office chair can roll in any direction with ease. However, if you easily move around your workspace, then consider purchasing an office chair that rolls more efficiently in a straight line while still being able to turn and pivot when needed. These wheels generally come with a lock-out feature to prevent them from moving when you don’t want them to.
- Wheel Size: There’s no need for the big wheels if you’ll be just sitting or standing in one place throughout the day. Especially when you’re trying to move in your chair or when moving from location to location. Then, you might consider the wheels that have a more compact size and weight.
- Height: There are so many different heights that you can choose from in regards to your office chair. Make sure the height is comfortable for you whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving around at a moment’s notice.
- Lumbar Support: A lumbar support should be important for most office chairs as it will help promote good blood circulation and help keep your whole back region healthy by giving your spine proper support when sitting for long periods of time throughout the day.
Knowing all of these things will ensure that you’ll get the right office chair for your work environment. Not only that, but with a little bit of research and some patience, you’ll find the perfect chair to help keep you in a standing position.