What is An Ergonomic Chair?
Ask ten people what the word "ergonomic" means and you'll get
ten different answers. In addition, chances are most of your answers will
have something to do with a chair or bed. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines
ergonomic as "applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended
to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort." That's
really official wording that means anything ergonomic is made to be comfortable
and reduce fatigue.
They differ from standard office chairs as ergonomic chairs
are designed for maximum comfort and productivity. Standard office chairs may
not have some ergonomic functions like armrests, adjustable height, lower back
support, etc. In a nutshell, ergonomic chairs are going to have a higher level
of adjustability versus a standard office chair.
Ergonomic chairs really become important when you think about
how much time is actually spent sitting the chair. If you have an employee
who only spends an hour a day seated, then an ergonomic chair may not be all
that important to them. However, an employee who spends more than 4 hours
a day in a seated position really out to consider an ergonomically design chair.
There are a number of different ergonomic features that improve
the fit and comfort of a chair. Features like back support, arm rests, chair
height, and chair angle work together to support your body. If all those features
and terms have your head spinning, I'd suggest that you focus on ride height
and back support at your primary focus. Having an adjustable ride height allows
you to set the chair height to your personal preferences. The height that you
choose will also affect angle of your lower back so it's important to try different
heights. Back support plays a critical role in your long term comfort. Look
for a chair with adjustable back support, which is also commonly called "lumbar"
support in reference to the lumber area of your spine. You can also use the
tilt function on your chair to recline yourself slightly, which takes additional
pressure off your spine.
Armrests are another ergonomic advancement that can make a
significant improvement in overall comfort. Due to varying desk heights, chairs
with armrests may not always fit under low or small desks. OHSA has also noted
that armrests can reduce your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. I know
that all these features can be confusing when it actually comes down to making
a decision, so it's worth your time to understand what ergonomic features are
really important. Your level of comfort and health will play a direct role in
your productivity and overall success, so take the time to review your options.
With thousands of different ergonomic office chairs on the
market today, how do you find the best one for your needs? Would you like
the help of a professional office supply company? If so, please call any of
our customer service representatives who will be happy to help. If you would
like to view our selection of ergonomic chairs, please follow this link: Ergonomic