A Chair is a Chair is a Chair…?

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…

Truly Good Work Chairs

Think about the office chair you are sitting in right now, is it optimized for you?

Your work can be helped or hindered by your chair, believe it or not.  You may not spend much time thinking about your office seat, but the rest of your body is sure aware of it.  At CFS, the Minneapolis office furniture experts, we think there are lots of good reasons to take this seriously.  We hope to convince you to as well.

Because your job is likely based around the use of a computer, chances are you’ll find yourself in one place for most of your working life–your office chair.

  1. A recent study by the office furniture experts at Herman Miller found that it’s not uncommon for workers in today’s business climate to find themselves sitting for as much as 90 percent of their workday.
  2. Workplace injuries increasingly include lower back issues and strains, leading to more and more lost time and health costs.
  3. So common are back injuries among workers who sit down most of the day that they are they rank only behind people who lift heavy weights for number of back injuries.
  4. Your back is not a small part of your life. When it’s working fine and pain-free, you probably don’t think much about your back. As soon as it incurs some minor discomfort, though, you begin to understand what a central role it plays in every part of your life and that the right office furniture could make a difference.
  5. Not every office worker is the same. As people’s abilities, tasks, and bodies vary, so too do their office seating needs. Using a non-adjustable office chair across a team of 50 employees will likely lead to a number of problems.

Call or contact us today for a free consultation on your office needs.  952-922-668