The Humble Office Chair

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The throne of workplace, the humble office chair is the main task chair used in the office. The office chair was strategically designed to increase the productivity of clerical employees by making it possible for them to remain sitting at their desks for long periods of time.

Chair design considers intended usage, ergonomics (how comfortable it is for the occupant), as well as non-ergonomic functional requirements such as size, stackability, foldability, weight, durability, stain resistance and artistic design. With the amount of time spent sitting down on chairs in the office it has become extremely important not only to have sturdy chairs but comfortable chairs. The answer to this issue came in the form of the Aeron Chair designed for Herman Miller. It became the ultimate ergonomic model to be used in the office. Nowadays with ergonomics being an important design consideration, more advanced ergonomic chairs are being developed, all promising to prevent repetitive stress injuries to the worker as well as increase work productivity.

 

What to look for in the office chair

Adjustable back rest – both the angle and height should be adjustable.

Adjustable Lumbar support – with adequate seating support and good padding

Adjustable seat height

Adjustable armrest to allow a person to sit with shoulders relaxed

Wheels – should swivel 360 degrees

Beside office task chairs, meeting room chairs and waiting area chairs are other types of chairs found in the office and are also expected to have some level of comfort although these are generally optimized for shorter time of sitting as compared to task chairs.

However, it is advised that even with the perfect chair, prolonged sitting should be avoided. Getting up now and again will help a person in ways that no ergonomic chair can. MBD

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