Believe it or not, the right sitting posture has a tremendous bearing on our health and general well-being. It is not without reason that people look for the best office chair or the best work chair, because they usually spend hours on them and need them to be comfortable and figure-hugging. The wrong chair can easily mean strain, stiff neck and back pain. An office chair, unlike the ones we use at a dining table, are meant to be sat on for hours together.
Some of the best office chair brands thus, look after not only the aesthetic aspects of their products but also the ergonomics. Here are some tips on how to zero in on the best office chair that your money can buy.
The ergonomic office chair
The quintessential office chair is an ergonomic design that is designed keeping in mind several aspects. The chair must offer a lot of support for the lower back as well as for the legs while ideally keeping at least an inch of gap between the back of the knee and the seat. Ideally when you sit down on it, it should assume the shape of your lower back and provide ample support for the pressure points.
If the chair is a reclining one, you need to sit on it and check for yourself whether the chair provides a lot of support for the lower back when you transfer the weight backwards. Reclining chairs are suitable for people who prefer to stretch (most of us do) now and then.
Ideally a breathable fabric such as cotton is the ideal material for a chair you are going to spend the best part of the day sitting on. Cotton is also a lot cheaper than leather or vinyl and are easier to keep clean as well.
Arm rests must not only be comfortable but they should also be of the right height. If they are too high or too low you are bound to get a lot of strain on your shoulders. Again, the only way to ensure this is by personally sitting on the chair to check before taking delivery.
Height of the chair
Typically a user never paid heed to this until the chair is actually delivered. If the chair does not have an adjustable height then you need to make sure that the height goes well with the table you are going to use it with. A chair too high will only mean a lot of strain for your arms when you are typing or holding the mouse for a long time.
Knee chairs are designed to give maximum support to the, well, person’s knees. These chairs are designed in a way so that sitting on them tantamount to sitting on the floor with knees folded. These chairs have pressure support pads that ensure that the knees are well supported as well as the back of the person sitting.