Choosing Ergonomic Office Chairs
- Seat height – Office chair height should be adjusted easily. Seats that range from 16 to 21 inches from the floor should work for most people. This allows users to place their feet flat on the floor, with horizontal thighs and arms even at table height.
- Width & Depth – Seats should be of sufficient width and depth to comfortably support any user. Usually 17-20 inches wide is standard. Depth (from the front to the back of the chair) should be sufficient to allow the user to sit on his back, leaving about 2 to 4 inches between the knee and seat of the chair. The front or back tilt of the chair needs to be adjusted.
- Lower back support on ergonomic chairs is important. The lower back has an inward curvature, and sitting for long periods without support for this curve tends to lead to slouching (which is naturally curved) and suppress the structure of the lower spine. Ergonomic chairs need to have lower back adjustments (both height and depth) so that each user can find the right position to support the curve into the lower back.
- Material (Seating) – The material in the chair and back of the office chair should have sufficient padding for long term comfort. Using a rare / loose type of fabric is preferable to hard surfaces
- Armrests – should be adjustable. They should allow the user’s arms to rest comfortably and shoulders to rest. The elbows and lower arms should rest comfortably, and the lower arm should not be on the armrest while typing.
- Swivel – All conventional or ergonomic chairs should be able to rotate easily so that users can reach different areas of the table or desk.
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