You might want to first ask your posterior and back about that…..
A good portion of the American workforce spends between 8 and 10 hours a day at their place of work- where they sit for 6-8 hours in their offices, workstations, conference rooms or break rooms. Then, they will go home and spend additional time at their home computers either working or browsing the internet. All the while, their backs and posteriors will be firmly planted in a variety of chairs that provide them with various degrees of comfort and ergonomic support.
Given these facts, I believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to purchase office furniture which will optimize their comfort, health and productivity. Everyone’s bodies are different, we all sit and work differently – that is why it is important to test various chairs until you find one that has the features and controls that match your ergonomic and aesthetic criteria. Here are some of the things you should consider when you are purchasing a good work chair:
- Does it have active controls (hand-operated) that can adjust the chair’s back, arms, seat and height features?
- Does the chair have passive (built-in) ergonomic features that are built into the chair ? – flexible backs, ergonomic backs, etc.
- Does the height of the chair adjust to the range you require?
- Do the arms adjust up and down, in and out or fold down?
- Does the back have lumbar or sacral support? Can they be adjusted to your requirements? Does the back raise or lower to meet your height requirements?
- Is the back flexible or stiff? Can the back angle be set to your satisfaction? Can the back angle be adjusted backward or forward? Does the back support your spine and shoulders properly?
- Is the seat comfortable? Is it made of foam or mesh? Can the seat be extended or retracted to fit your body?
- Are the casters made for carpet or hard-surface flooring?
- Does the chair meet your design criteria – look, finish and fabric choices?
- Is the chair made of quality parts and materials? Does the chair have an extended warranty covering parts and labor?
Once you have found a chair that meets your own personal ergonomic, comfort and aesthetic requirements – then you can consider the last criteria – price. But remember, this chair is for you… your comfort, your health and, your productivity. Are you worth it?
Ask your butt and back again…