According to certain sources, one of the earliest innovators of the office chair was Charles Darwin, who put wheels on the chair in his study in order to get to his specimens more quickly From the mid-nineteenth century, office chairs were then designed to increase productivity in ‘clerical’ employees, enabling them to sit at their desks for longer periods In the 1970’s ergonomics became an important design consideration. Office chairs evolved to be more comfortable and also adjustable. However, one major factor still gets largely overlooked today… ….People and their infinite range of sizes!
“there is now a wealth of evidence based on research into ergonomics in the workplace over the past 40 years suggesting that a huge number of musculo-skeletal disorders can be eased or potentially even avoided by using a correctly fitting office chair” The very basis of Ergonomics centres around ‘fit’ between humans and the objects we interact with Which is why, at Ergochair, nine years ago, we decided it was time to start measuring people in order to fit the office chair around them
1) Thigh length 2) Shoulder height 3) Lumbar height 4) Hip width 5) Knee height 6) Back Width
Ensuring that the basic size of the chair template conforms to the individual is vital... Using these dimensions, the chair is ‘Cut to Fit’ 1) Seat depth – optimum support to thigh length 2) Backrest height – check thoracic support 3) Lumbar support - coincides with the individual 4) Seat pad width and armrest width 5) Seat height in relation to desk height 6) Backrest Width – no squeezing!
Neck support required – extra memory foam Inflatable thoracic support - as indicated. Bottom of cell to be 350 mm above seat height Reduce back width to 410 mm Set lumbar cell at 230 mm above seat height Custom-make armrest pads to 300 mm x 200 mm wide Reduce seat depth to 410 mm plus include additional layer of memory foam Seat height to achieve 540 mm from floor
Highly specialist adaptations can be specified in detail using our Adaptations Specification Sheet Air-cells and foam sculpting are positionable virtually anywhere within the seat or backrest By showing us where support is needed we can build a truly bespoke Adapt® chair for your client!
…a well established, trademarked UK brand …in addition, we’re recognised by: …we’re an ISO accredited company …our products are tested to BS5459; Part 2: 2000 and backed by our 5 year warranty …we are members of the Posture & Mobility Group