There are millions of people around the globe who are working in front of their desks or computers, cranking up their paperwork while seated diligently. Even if you’re not one of them, you may already have experienced the posture-wrecking stresses of sitting in front of your computer for hour’s end. This may include fatigue, back and neck pain, and even lead to poor work performance. Fortunately, there is a science to counter this common problem, and that is Ergonomics.
Ergonomics is the science of equipment design for a workplace, which is made to maximize the user’s productivity by significantly lessening the required physical effort while minimizing the discomfort and fatigue. Office chairs made with the ergonomic design in mind provides its users with better posture, to help them work comfortably and more productive, or even to let them play their favorite online game with more verve.
Now you may be wondering what features to look for to find the best ergonomic office chairs for you. Of course, you can’t just go out and purchase the most cool-looking, ultra-modern office chairs that you see. To help you find the best ergonomic chair, here are several important elements that every ergonomic chair should have:
Seat Depth and Width
The office chairs must have sufficient depth and width for supporting the user’s comfort. The standard width is about 17” to 20”, while the depth must be just enough for the user to sit with his back comfortably against the office chairs backrest while leaving behind about 2” to 4” between the seat of the chair and back of the knees. Both forward and backward tilt of the ergonomic chair must also be adjustable.
Like the tilt, the height of the ergonomic chair must also be adjustable. The most common form of such adjustable system is the pneumatic adjustment lever, which is typically seen in most modern office chairs. Surveys show that people of average height find that approximately 16 to 21 off the floor serves for them well because it lets them set their feet flat on the floor while working, while their thighs horizontal and arms are even with their desk’s height.
An ergonomic chair must be approximately 12” to 19” in width. In the backrest of the ergonomic chair is separate from the seat, then its angle and height should both be adjustable. It should be capable of supporting the spine’s natural curve, and paying special attention to the proper lumbar region support. If the office chairs have its backrest and seat as one, then the backrest’s forward and back angles must be adjustable, and secured with a locking mechanism to prevent it from going too far after you’ve set your desired angle.
Ergonomic chair armrests must be adjustable. This is especially true if the chair is shared, so that the arms of the users may get to rest comfortably while their work and their shoulders are relaxed. Your lower arms and elbows must be able to rest lightly, and the forearm must not be set on the armrest as you use the computer.
Ergonomic office chairs not only helps make its users more proactive but it also makes sure that the natural curve of his or her spine is protected. Sadly, there are many office chairs which claim to be ergonomically designed even though they are not. That’s why before setting out to purchase an ergonomic chair for your home or office, check its features thoroughly to see whether it is made with the proper ergonomics in mind.