The goal of office ergonomics is to properly design computer workstations to help you feel more comfortable and be more productive. Read this article to learn how to determine the ideal ergonomic office chair for you.
A poorly designed office workstation can lead you down the dangerous path to more fatigue, greater discomfort and less productivity. Each day you inhabit your poorly designed office setup takes a toll on your body.
On the flip side, a well-designed office workstation lowers fatigue and discomfort while improving productivity. Selecting the right ergonomic office chair is a great place to start with designing your office workstation.
Ergonomic office chair checklist
To choose the right ergonomic office chair, consider these elements when making your selection.
- Is your chair vertically adjustable and on a five-point base?
- Does your chair have an adjustable lumbar (low back) support?
- Does the backrest provide adequate support for your back?
- Does your seat pan width and depth provide for good fit and comfort?
- Does the seat pan cushion provide adequate comfort for you?
- Does your seat pan have tilt adjustability?
- Does your seat pan have depth (forward and backward) adjustability?
- Does the seat pan have a rounded front that does not pressure the back of your knees and legs?
- When seated, are your knees at or below the level of your hips (knees not higher than hips)?
- Do your feet rest flat on the floor or are they supported by a stable footrest?
- Does your chair have armrests that support your forearms and do not interfere with swivel or normal movements of the chair?
To learn how to setup your whole computer workstation, grab a free copy of our office ergonomics checklist. Download the checklist here.
Infographic: Selecting an Ergonomic Office Chair
This infographic from Office Chairs Unlimited provides tips on what features to look for as well as how to properly set up your work station.
Consider posture variation
Sitting for prolonged periods of time (even in the best ergonomic office chair) is not good for you and can contribute to low back pain and discomfort.
Remember: you are a workplace athlete! Avoid prolonged static postures by taking short walks and stretch breaks throughout your workday. Your body is designed to move, and short walks and stretch breaks are extremely beneficial to your health and well-being.
More resources for selecting an ergonomic office chair
A good office chair is a great investment in your health, wellbeing and productivity. Check out these resources for more information on how to select the right one.
- How to Choose the Best Ergonomic Chair (HumanSolution)
- How to Choose an Ergonomic Chair (CUErgo)
- Choosing the Right Office Chair (SpineHealth)
Grab a free copy of our office ergonomics checklist
For more on how to set up your office workstation, grab a free copy of our office ergonomics checklist.