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In many office jobs, employees remain seated at their desks for the better part of their 8-hour days. However, sitting for long periods of time can put stress on a person’s neck, spine, shoulders, and even legs if their work station is improperly set up. Poor daily posture and seating conditions can have painful effects on the body over time. That’s why it is important to know how to choose the right office chair, the piece of office furniture with the most impact on a person’s movement and physical comfort.

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How To Choose An Office Chair

  1. 1. hoW TO choose anOFFICE chair. oFFicechairsUnlimited.COM
  2. 2. hoW TO choose an OFFICE chair.In many office jobs, employees remain seated that attach to the spine. The upper section of theat their desks for the better part of their 8-hour chair should curve backward slightly to matchdays. However, sitting for long periods of time can the back’s natural shape. In fact, the chair should maintain contact with your whole back, fromput stress on a person’s neck, spine, shoulders, shoulders to lower back, while you are comfortablyand even legs if their work station is improperly seated.set up. Poor daily posture and seating conditions seat heightcan have painful effects on the body over time. When determining the proper height of your chair,That’s why it is important to know how to choose there are two angles to keep in mind: the angle ofthe right office chair, the piece of office furniture your knees as you sit with feet flat on the floor aswith the most impact on a person’s movement well as the angle of your elbows as you type. Your knee should be at a 90° angle with your thighsand physical comfort. parallel to the floor. This keeps your thighs from pressing too hard into the seat, which may impair the circulation in your legs. Your elbows should also be at approximately a 90° angle with your forearmsergonomics & Back sUpport roughly parallel to the floor. This position keepsThe spine, although highly flexible, is designed to your wrist relatively straight. Typing constantly withmaintain a gentle S-like curve to carry the weight bent wrists can strain the muscles in your wrist andof the body. Distorting this shape with habitual lead to nerve and muscle problems in your hands,slouching and leaning when you sit can create wrists, forearms, and elbows.serious health problems. Spinal problems can resultin pain in your legs and lower back all the way up This means that your seat should be high enoughto your neck. It can lead to headaches, tired legs, to allow you to type easily and low enough to keepand soreness and tension in the back. All of this your feet comfortably flat on the floor withoutcan affect your mood, productivity, and focus while added pressure on your legs. To customize theat work, not to mention the potential effects on height of your chair to best suit your needs andyour long-term health. Having a chair that supports work setup, consider chairs with adjustable seatproper posture is the most important factor when heights.buying a comfortable office chair. moVement & FUnctionalityIn a chair with the proper fit for you, the back of Depending on how your desk is laid out, you maythe chair should press into the small of your back need a high degree of movement in your chair.(the lumbar region). This will prevent your back Having wheels on the bottom or a swiveling seatfromcurving outward as it settles into a slouching may be necessary to comfortably maneuver aroundC-shape. This position causes strain on the muscles your work space. These features can allow you to 2 ///
  3. 3. reach different areas of your desk, filing cabinets, different users. Mesh chairs rely on the tension anddrawers, etc. without straining and bending at elasticity of the material to support and provideawkward angles in the process. More than just comfort for users. Often, the seats of these chairsnovelty features, wheels and a swiveling seat have a are thickly padded for added comfort and durability.distinct ergonomic value vital for working in spread Leather chairs have plusher padding in the seat,out work stations. back, and even armrests. Mesh and fabric chairs may offer a greater degree of breathability, but inFactoring in Desk Arrangement climate-controlled office environments, this is notUnless you are planning on buying an entirely new usually an issue. Instead, the ideal type of chairoffice set, you may have to limit your options by material has more to do with user preference andwhat works with your existing furniture. In general, aesthetic appeal.office chairs are quite adjustable, so this is rarely Appearancea problem. Still, if your desk is particularly high,particularly low, or wraps around (as in an office Although less important for home office workers,cubicle desk), you may need to keep in mind certain those in an office setting may want to maintain a features or characteristics that the certain uniform appearance. This may direct you chair must have. to a certain style of chair, such as a high-backed leather chair, a mesh chair, a chair with wood Upholstery & accents, and so on. Even if you are limited to a Material certain style, there are still many options to suit The material used in an your ergonomic needs and seating preferences. office chair should be Big & Tall Office Chairs comfortable enough to allow you to sit for long Standard options may not be able to suit every periods of time. Different worker. Many brands of office chairs now produce materials will appeal “big and tall” lines of office chairs. These chairs have more strongly to heavy duty frames, bases, and cylinders to provide more reliable support. Many of these options are also made to slightly larger proportions. Selection is not limited, either. Big and tall office chairs come in all types of materials, a range of styles, and include all the features you would find on standard office chairs. By taking these factors into consideration and knowing what to look for in an ergonomic office chair, you should be able to easily find the right chair for your body and work needs. /// 3
  4. 4. Office Chairs Unlimited is a national retailer for office chairs and furniture. Through its bypass-the-middleman business practices, Office Chairs Unlimited is able to offer customers wholesale prices and free shipping on every order, large or small. If you are hunting for new office chairs, look through the online inventory of our website and feel free to contact customer services with any questions. 800.410.74944 ///

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