If you’re an average Brit, your desk chair could well be one of the most important objects in your life. Eighty-one per cent of us spend between four and nine hours a day seated at our desks. Our choice of chair will affect our comfort, concentration and wellbeing during every minute of that time, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.
Ergonomic chairs are vital for wellbeing in the workplace – in the home or office, and improve motivation, productivity and energy. A comfortable ergonomic chair will to keep you supported in a wide variety of healthy sitting positions, help support your body in an intuitive way and allow you to keep moving, activating your muscles and stimulating blood flow without even having to think about it.
Style & Substance
When choosing an ergonomic chair, you need to think about your chair having features and mechanisms that suit you, and in particular the size suits you.
We are all different shapes and sizes. One size does not fit all and so neither will a chair. Chairs come in all shapes and sizes. The idea behind our ergonomic chairs is the same – to improve and correct your posture by supporting your whole body.
When looking for an ergonomic chair, pay close attention to the features that matter the most to you. Ergonomic chairs (real ergonomic chairs that is, not the array of chairs that claim to be ergonomic but in fact only have very limited features) Many cheap office chairs masquerade as ergonomic. They can do a lot more harm than good, and prove to be an expensive mistake. Real ergonomic chairs are highly engineered, designed with input and guidance from physiotherapists and health professionals, with adaptations that ensure the chair supports and fits you. They overcome the diversity of different body shapes and sizes.
In an ideal world….
Ideally, you want a chair that has adjustable seat and back height, seat depth. A seat that tilts is a bonus to correctly position your pelvis, keeping it ‘open’. An adjustable built-in adjustable lumbar and thoracic support will keep you in contact with the chair back.
Next you need to be looking for a chair that enables you to choose the particular features you need and tailor the chair to you. Here’s a quick guide to the key features of our ergonomic chairs….
Your Working Day
So, let’s look at how you work. This is really important to consider before you buy. What is your working day like? Do you use computers regularly? Are you a writer, do you copy type? Or do you spend a lot of time reading at your desk? The chair you choose needs to make you comfortable in whichever positions you work in through the day, in every task you are carrying out.
Other major factors can be health issues, such as sacral nerve problems, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other physical complaints.
The best chair for you will tie in for whatever physical issues you have to manage with how you work. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, adopting a healthy posture at your desk can prevent muscle strains in your back, neck and other joints.
And don’t forget the warning signs. If you are uncomfortable or have pain then something is going wrong. Your body has its own early warning mechanism is telling you – you need to do something, fast!!
Don’t be fooled into buying an ‘all singing all dancing’ chair loaded up with additions you will never use!! It doesn’t need to cost the earth. With all our chairs you choose the features you require. You will not be buying additions that you will never use. Great quality ergonomic chairs cost from as little as £162.
We recommend having a chair fitted for you. You can quickly and easily do this with our Chair Builder or browse our entire collection of affordable, highly engineered office chairs. We’re always here to help, message or phone us throughout the day. Get in touch with us if you require further assistance or advice on ergonomic solutions for you.