A good office chair is one of the most important investments you can make in your career and in yourself. If that sounds like an exaggeration, just consider that in the course of a single work week you spend up to 40 hours relying on your office chair for comfort and support. That´s over 1900 hours per year! By investing in a good office chair you can increase your productivity, reduce unnecessary stress on your back, and feel much more comfortable at work.
Here are our top four recommendations for choosing the chair that´s right for you:
4: Seek Support
As we mentioned before, the average office worker spends a great deal of time in his or her office chair. The more support your chair provides, the better you´re going to feel. Many chairs are built with a special focus on support—reading the product descriptions will help you decide. You may also wish to choose a chair that has been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.
3: Adjustability is always a plus
Your office chair should be able to adjust to your individual needs. Features such as lumbar support, arm width and height, seat back width and height, seat and back angle, and tension control may be adjustable depending on the model you choose. Before buying, consider which adjustments are most important to you.
2: Consider a reclining office chair
Recent studies have shown that reclining is better for back health than sitting up straight. Reclining reduces stress on the spine, back muscles, tendons, and vertebral disks by evenly distributing weight and pressure throughout the body. Reclining chairs just might be the comfiest solution to back pain you´ll ever find!
1: Visit in-store
Now that you know what to look for, consider visiting a local furniture store near you to try out a few chairs. After all, speaking with a knowledgeable associate and trying out chairs in person is the only way to find the chair that is truly perfect for you!