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Selecting the Right Office Chair

26 Mar Selecting the Right Office Chair

The best way to select a good office chair is to test it firsthand.  If possible, the person who will be using the chair should take it for a test drive.  Doug Fowler of shares some great guidelines to assist you in the process of selecting a good office chair.


Check the fit.


  • Make sure the chair height can be adjusted to ensure your feet rest on the floor.


  • Is the seat cushion comfortable?  Does it feel stable and balanced in a variety of positions?



  • Are your knees below your hips?  When seated with your feet resting on the floor, you want to ensure your knees are below your hips.  This is especially critical on heavy use chairs to ensure you maintain  proper circulation below the knee.  As a general rule, the angle formed by your torso and thighs should be between 90 and 105 degrees.


  • Is the chair rounded at the front?  A rounded front also helps to maintain proper circulation in your lets.



  • How’s the back?  Make sure the back rest feels comfortable.  Lumbar support systems vary, so make sure the fit is good.


Select a chair designed to support your usage requirements.  Some office chairs are designed for short-term, infrequent use while others are designed for daily, heavy duty use.  Today’s chairs also come with a variety of mechanisms to control the comfort level of each user – height control, tension adjustment, lumbar support, tilt angle control, and several other chair controls.


Make sure the office chair provides proper back support.  Your back should be comfortably supported to maintain an erect posture.  Make sure the chair can adjust to different posture positions.


Review the tilt.  A good office chair should accommodate a number of different tilt options to accommodate different seating positions throughout the day.  Also, check to make sure the tilting tension can be adjusted.  Tilting back in an office chair should be easy, but there should be some tension.  You’ll need to adjust this based on your height, weight, and needs.


Check out the armrests.  If the chair will be used  at a desk or computer workstation, then make sure the armrests are designed so that the chair can be pulled up close to the workstation.  Adjustable armrests are also a nice option.  Some chairs come with armrests that extend 10 inches or less from the back of the seat.  These armrests allow you to work close to the workstation while also providing a place to rest your arms.


Make sure the chair wheel casters are appropriate for the flooring they will be used on.  Hard wheel casters are appropriate for carpet and some solid surface materials.  However, if your chair will be used on hardwood floors or other flooring material that can be damaged, they you should strongly consider soft wheel casters.


Lastly, choose the right fabric.  The fabric should be one that allows a firm seat with no sliding.  It should also be a breathable fabric that allows easy cleanup of spills.


These are some great tips to consider when looking for a chair.  When you think about how much of your day is spent in an office chair, it really makes sense to do your homework and test-drive before buying.

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