If you’re the average person with an office-based job, your desk chair will be one of the essential pieces of furniture (after your sit-stand desk). Again on average, you will spend 90,000 hours at work over your lifetime, spending more time sitting than you do sleeping. Yet, you probably consider your chair to be less important than your mattress! Having the right chair is important because it will affect your comfort, posture, concentration and wellbeing, even if you’re not consciously aware of it.
A good ergonomic office chair should – provide necessary support to the back, legs, buttocks, and arms, while reducing exposures to awkward postures, contact stress, and forceful exertions – as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Designed to help you sit comfortably while working, whether at home or in the office, ergonomic chairs are more adjustable than standard office chairs and allow you to customise the fit to your body or seating preferences. They will reduce your risk for musculoskeletal injuries, joint and back pain, which will help improve your posture, productivity, motivation and focus.
An office chair needs to have certain features, including appropriate height, seat width, lumbar support, and both back and armrests, to be considered genuinely ergonomic. These features and mechanisms mean the chair can be adjusted to suit your particular needs.
Compared to a ‘regular’ office chair, ergonomic chairs support your body in a natural position, so here are 9 reasons why an ergonomic chair is the best option, if you don’t already have one!