What Is A Good Ergonomic Office Chair?
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Office chairs tend to get sat in more than 8 hours a day, so it is essential to have a chair that is comfortable and well-designed, both for improving posture and for performance, and also work to relieve back and neck pain. There are three things you should consider when buying an office chair. First: Look for a chair with lumbar support, seat depth adjustment and a mechanism for free float tilt, as these will ensure that you can adjust the chair to suit you as well as encourage movement.
For the same reasons, although it may cost you more, it’s also good to choose one that can adjust the armrests and have different size options. Second, find a supplier who will show you how to use your chair and adjust it to fit you on delivery. Third, remember there should bee a warranty of at least five years, and the chair should last well beyond that. While you can find office chairs that are classed as ergonomic, one of the most common mistakes people make is buying a cheap chair.
Another easy mistake is not using a chair properly. Don’t be fooled by looks alone. Some of the coolest looking office chairs around aren’t designed for the way we work. In order to position yourself correctly in your office chair to avoid back pain, first you will need to adjust the height and back position, and tilt to ensure your back is well supported, with your bottom pressed against the back of your chair, your lower back slightly arched and well cushioned with your knees slightly lower than your hips.
Ideally, your feet should be flat on the floor – or you could use a footrest if you find it more comfortable. Your wrists and forearms go straight out in front of you, not tilt up and down – which will help prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury). And to prevent neck pain, your screen should be at an arm’s length away, with the center of the screen at eye level.
Your keyboard should have around four to six inches at the front of the desk so you can rest your wrists when you’re not actually typing and your mouse should be as close as possible. Adjust the armrest of your chair so that it lifts your arms very slightly at the shoulders. This will take some of the strain away from your upper spine and shoulders, as well as helping to prevent slouching. Finally, move around and take as many short breaks as possible so that your muscles get a chance to relax from time to time.
Best Computer Chair for long Hours
We all know that sitting for long hours at a time isn’t good for us. We know it’s bad, like smoking or drinking, but we don’t really want to acknowledge it, because for many of us, it can’t be avoided. Most of us work jobs that require us to stay perched in a chair for eight hours a day, or longer. We’re not here to chastise or to judge, we get it.
We’re here to offer a good solution for an unavoidable problem – the best office chair for long hours. If you’re going to be sitting all day — and if you really don’t feel like creeping out your coworkers by having a standing desk peeking over cubicle walls — you might as well have a good place to sit. Not all desk chairs are created equal. Some have the most awesome ergonomic benefits.
These include the usual lumbar supports and breathable mesh seats. But as the prices get higher, so do the benefits: think customized size and suspension, extra supports, better aesthetics for any office. And although we can’t hand you $5 million to retire early so you can frolic on your feet – or snooze on the couch – all the live long day, we do have a few chairs that might make your long work day much more comfortable.
Best Budget Office Chair
This looks like your basic, everyday office chair – that is, until you sit in it. The mesh back panel provides supreme comfort and allows optimum airflow and breathability. The waterfall edge seat cushion is designed to eliminate let pressure. Adjustable to many levels, The Elusion even offers forward tilt.
Office Star Air Grid
For the best value to cost, The Office Star is a good bet. Fully adjustable, this chair moves up and down, side to side, even flies through the room with a switch—just kidding—but does move in a few other ways you didn’t know existed — and includes mesh siding for increased breathability and airflow.
Well we will warn you, this is not a good-looking chair, so if you’re buying on looks alone, you won’t be happy. But it’s $200, which is dirt cheap for a chair that provides top-notch lumbar support, so it’s got that going for it. The mesh back makes the Markus an airy, breathable option. Plus, because IKEAs are just about everywhere, you can take it for a test drive before you commit — a very big selling point considering how much you’re about to use it.
Ergonomic Office Chair with neck Support
Without a neck support for a long time while sitting, you’ll develop stiffness in your neck and shoulder region. This can even lead to complications like cervical spondylosis. Having an ergonomic chair with neck support helps alleviate this problem.
Freedom Chair by Humanscale
Created by renowned designer Niels Diffrient, this isn’t for the budget-minded, but it is worth the cost. Made with high-end materials, that can be vertically adjusted easily to conform to most body heights and builds. It has a firm, built-in lumbar support, and the entire backrest curves inward at the lower-back so it provides optimum neck support.
Unlike most chairs, when you recline your head, it will continue to face forward, due the headrest being designed to always have an upright position. Thus, the weight of your entire head is supported when you’re trying to relax in a back leaning position while still reading or viewing something on a monitor. However, it can still be slightly reclined to your desired liking.
The creative gel armrests recline with the back which helps keep your arms comfortable, however, these can also be adjusted if you want to rest your arms to remain level with the keyboard stand. All in all, this is a true ergonomic chair that can be adjusted in several ways to fit your needs, and it’s reclining features make it a fantastic chair for those who suffer from back and neck pain.
Alera Elusion Series Mesh High-Back Multifunction Chair
This is an extremely adjustable chair that offers more value for the cost, even compared to the average ergonomic chairs. One of the strongest features about this chair is the contoured seat cushion, made of premium fabric and has a comfortable, pillow-like seat, yet firm, so it maintains butt support. There is a multifunction mechanism that adjusts the back angle relative to the seat, that can be tilted or locked, and combined with the cool, breathable mesh makes for an overall satisfying sitting experience.
The whole chair has a good height adjustment system that allows high limits. This is suitable for most individuals who are fairly shorter or taller than 6’. This chair doesn’t include headrests – however, for about $20, this can easily be installed if necessary. The inclusion of a headrest will work beautifully to support your neck. We recommend this chair for almost anyone, including office workers, gamers, and the like.