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Home Office Ergonomic Seating

By Jennifer Gondallo

The modern office sees staff spending an increasing number of hours sat at their desks. To avoid work hours lost through staff sickness ensure that their chairs are ergonomically designed and right for the user. An ergonomic chair can reduce the instances of repetitive strain injury and aids circulation posture, thereby reducing discomfort to the user. Adapting to the user’s movements an ergonomic chair will provide support and comfort.

Lumbar Support: The natural curve in the lower spine needs support to prevent slouching and discomfort through back strain. This lumbar support needs to be adjustable both in depth and height to provide adequate support. A chair which supports the whole back will provide greater comfort. All chair backs, whether they support the whole back or just the lumbar region, need to be adjustable for height, angle and position of lumbar support.

Seat height and depth: In order to obtain the correct positioning for the user, when seated the controls for adjusting seat height, depth and width should be accessible. The seat depth should be enough that the user can be supported by the backrest and their knees are at least two, but no more than four, inches from the seat. The user should be able to tilt the seat backwards or forwards to allow their feet to rest on the floor. The width of the seat should be such that they can sit comfortably.

Armrests: If the chair has armrests they should be adjustable. The user’s arms should be able to rest comfortably on them, allowing relaxed shoulders. The forearms should not be resting on the armrests when using a keyboard. The armrests should therefore be adjustable in height and sideways.

Manoeuvrability: If the user needs to be able to turn and reach things then the chair needs to be flexible enough to allow that. A swivel and movement across the floor should be considered. A five pedestal base is the most stable.

Covering: The covering of the chair needs to be appropriate. Padding to make the seat comfortable for long periods of time is advisable. A cloth fabric which breathes is preferable. However, other considerations such as stain resistance, cleaning and the susceptibility to trap allergens should be taken into account.

There are a number of ergonomic chairs in the market place and different models will meet different users’ needs. The user should try the chair before purchase to ensure it is the right chair for them and meets their needs.

Buy good quality chairs in different sorts and versions at contemporary desk chair and kids upholstered chair.

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Gondallo, Jennifer "Home Office Ergonomic Seating." Home Office Ergonomic Seating. 18 Jan. 2011. 23 Jul 2014 <>.

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