How to choose the right desk chair
• Adjustability is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing an office chair. While height and arm adjustments are the most obvious things to look for, high-end ergonomic chairs can have 15 or more adjustments. It’s great if you can adjust your seat back width and height, lumbar support and tension control. Most chairs allow you to make adjustments using a bulb pump or a dial.
• If you’re using your chair for prolonged periods of time, ensure that the chair’s fabric is breathable - otherwise it will become hot and uncomfortable.
• Do you have marble flooring, acrylic tiles or carpet? Be sure that the wheel base is compatible with whatever flooring you have.
• If you have a large desk, it’s important that your chair swivels freely so that you can access the different areas. Without a swivel base, it’s easy for your arms to fatigue during a hard day’s work.
• Without adequate lumbar support, your lower back will become fatigued and you’re putting yourself at risk of developing bad posture. Fortunately, all premium office chairs feature lumbar support. However, not everyone who sits in the chair will experience the same degree of comfort, so keep this in mind if you’re purchasing a chair to be used by more than one individual.
• Avoid purchasing a chair that doesn’t recline. It’s unusual that you will want the chair in the same position every time you use it, which is why reclining can help to alleviate fatigue – particularly if you have lower back problems.
• As a general rule of thumb, the chair’s seat should be ever so slightly wider than your hips. If you choose a seat that is too small or large, this can lead to discomfort after prolonged use.