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4 Factors To Consider When Choosing An Office Chair

4 Factors to consider when choosing an office chair (3)

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Due to the amount of importance it carries, choosing an office chair can be a daunting task. For medical reasons, it is important that your office chair provides support and comfort in order to avoid damage to your health. Most office workers spend an average of 40 hours a week (160 hours a month) at work, meaning a lot of that time will be spent sitting at a desk. Medical experts┬ástate that while working in front of a computer, most workers tend to hunch forward in an attempt to get closer to their computer screen when they are concentrating, which can lead to spinal discomfort and poor posture. Of course sometimes we are not able to choose our own office chairs (such as in the work office), but when given the opportunity or looking for a chair for your desk at home, it’s vital to get it just right and consider all the factors which should influence your decision.


When choosing an office chair, it is recommended that you think about the adjustability of the chair. Although you may assume it’s an included component of the chair, not all chairs will be adjustable. Having an adjustable chair gives you the freedom to set the chair to your own preference and adapt it so that you are comfortable and your spine is positioned correctly. Parts/sections of an office chair that are often adjustable include armrests, chair height, lumbar support, recline and seat depth.


The material of an Office chair can be important for many reasons. Ensuring that the chair has enough padding is key for the comfort of the user throughout the duration of the time they are seated. The comfort of the material of the chair can also be influenced by the temperature. For example, if it is hot and you have a leather chair, it may become sticky or hot and uncomfortable. The material of the chair also draws in other factors such as how easy to clean it is (such as if food were to be dropped on it) and how durable the material will be. The more durable the material, the longer the chair is likely to last. Material chairs are proven to last longer than leather, but are more vulnerable to stains, so it really does depend on the frequency of use of the chair and your personal preference.


Another factor to consider when choosing an office chair is mobility. Do you require a Fixed Chair or a Castor? You may also want to think about the surface of the floor in your workplace (or where the chair will be used). Does the flooring in the room allow for movement of a Castor chair? You also need to conclude the purpose of the chair and who will be using it. For example, if it is a chair to go into a meeting room for when clients visit, it more than likely does not need to be mobile.


Once you have taken all of the other factors above into consideration, you must look at prices and finding a chair within your set budget. Although some chairs may seem more expensive than others at a first glance, you must remember that often price reflects durability. Likewise to many other products, if you buy an overly cheap desk chair, it will probably have a lower Lifetime than a more expensive one due to the quality of the materials used during production.