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How to Choose the Correct Chair for You and Your Office

The Perils of Poor Office Furniture

Sitting in a chair that provides poor lumbar and posture support for extended periods of time can not only effect your physiology, but also your performance in the office. Back and neck pain, poor circulation, decrease in focus and digestive issues are just a few examples of how a bad office chair can affect the users. The right chair has the potential to improve employee satisfaction and overall productivity. Taking your time to select the best office chair is a wise investment for your company and the health and wellbeing people who encompass it.

Choosing the Right Chair

When selecting the best office chair for your workspace consider these four core elements; support, mobility & functionality, adjustability and materials.

Office Chair Support - Assure your chair has proper lumbar support. Lower back pain is a common issue for office workers, but this can be eased with the correct office chair support. Ideally your chair will offer adjustable lumbar support to suit a variety of users.

Mobility and Functionality - Being able to recline can reduce pressure on the spine, bones and muscles, as an increase in movement benefits the body. Being able to swivel and move on wheels is ideal for an office setup as it increases mobility and allows the user to move freely. However, always consider your flooring before you choosing between a stationary chair and a chair with wheels as wheels operate best on firm carpet.

Adjustability of the Chair - As mentioned above, adjustable lumbar support is ideal, but we would also recommend control over the seat height, the arm rests, seat depth and the recline-ability. If you are purchasing an office chair for a variety of users and body types, then adjustability should be an essential element of your purchasing decision.

Office Chair Materials - The best office chair would ideally have breathable fabric to keep it from retaining heat. It should also have cushioning/padding or proper mesh support, so the user cannot feel the base. For the modern mesh office chair to be considered ergonomic they usually would have adjustable lumbar support.

Final Choosing Tips

We at Empire Office Furniture recommend taking the time to consider the most suitable ergonomic chair design for their workspace, working routine and finances. The most important advice we can give is to trial the office furniture before purchase. Come and visit us at our locations across Queensland and Sydney, where you can trial our current office chairs on offer at your leisure.

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