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With the New Year just beginning, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself:
Can I survive another year with my current office chair?
The average office worker spends almost six hours of the day sitting at a desk, and over time, this can take a serious toll on the body. Unpleasant office chairs do not provide enough support, causing imbalances and poor posture.
At Gregory Grier, we want your office chair to be supported and comfortable. Check out these tips to help you choose your next office chair!
Do you ever have pain in your lower back? This could be due to improper lumbar support from your office chair! Lower back pain is a huge ailment for office workers, and the proper support can make for an easier, more comfortable workday. Having an adjustable lumbar system provides control over your chair’s firmness and position. In order to have proper support, your lower back should fit comfortably against your chair. This will have a positive effect on your office energy and focus, due to the increased oxygen moving to your muscles and increasing the blood flow to your brain.
The material on your office chair should be stylish and relaxing! Choose a breathable fabric to keep the chair from becoming too hot and uncomfortable. In addition, the seat should have proper support cushioning that allows the user to sit without feeling the base of the chair through the cushion.
Rolling and swiveling in your office chair is important in preventing strain and allowing you to have easy access across your office. If the office is carpeted, it is important to check and see if your office chair has wheels specifically made for carpet. Swivel capabilities allow for easy access to various parts of the desk, and prevent arm fatigue that can result from over extending throughout the day.
Almost all office chairs have the ability to adjust the height and armrests. However, you may want to consider chair options that have more adjustments for better use and comfort. Office chairs come with a wide range of adjustments, including include arm width and height, seat back width and height, seat and back angle, and tension control. The more adjustment options available on a chair, the more control you have over comfort-ability and personalization.
An adjustable seat length allows you to slide the seat forwards and backwards in order to suit your leg length. If your seat is too long, you may be propping yourself forward, and losing necessary back support. If you seat is too short, it may strain your back and legs. A good rule of thumb for the proper seat length is to have a three or four fingers-width distance between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat.
There’s no use in finding your perfect office chair only for it to fall apart within a few months! Another important factor to look for when weighing your office chair options is the durability of the furniture. One particular element that will play a crucial part in how an office chair will survive is the material used for the joints. Joints are the basic structure of the chair; it’s essentially metal versus plastic. Metal legs, wheels, and armrest supports will be a lot more durable than plastic equivalents.
At Gregory Grier, we can help you find the perfect office chair to suit your needs. We can provide you with modern design and comfort from our proven partners like Kimball, National, Global, Evolve, Logiflex and more. Complete your first New Year’s Resolution for a new office chair by contacting us today!