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How To Choose an Ergonomic Office Chair

by Back2


Posted on 3rd August 2017


An ergonomic office chair is not just an item of furniture, it is a functional work tool permitting flexible working, supporting the body and positioning the spine correctly.

The Health & Safety standard BS EN ISO 9241-5 states that "office chairs should encourage dynamic sitting" and EN 1335-1 states that "some supposedly ergonomic chair designs do not meet the requirement of the standard".

At Back2 we have over a hundred products in our range of ergonomic seating alone. We take into consideration the type of work, body proportions and existing complaints that you have and match all the information to the chair that ticks all the boxes.

Our staff are DSE qualified and will be able to guide you through the process of finding the right chair for you. We believe that a truly ergonomic chair should offer the minimum following features.

Seat Height Adjustment

The chair should be able to be adjusted so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees with your feet firmly on the floor or footrest.

 

Seat Depth Adjustment

Needed to accommodate thigh length and enable you to sit back into the chair to gain support from the backrest. This will avoid pressure at the back of the knee preventing restriction of circulation.

 

Seat Forward Tilt

Rotates the pelvis forward which puts the lumbar spine into its natural curve reducing stress on muscles and discs.

 

Backrest/Back Support Height Adjustment

An adjustable backrest helps accommodate individual body shape and size to offer extra support. Optional lumbar support can be added to support the curvature of the spine.

 

Reclining Feature

By taking the opportunity to recline (talking on phone, meetings, reading), you reduce back strain and allow the body to rest. A headrest is helpful when you need to rest your head/neck to take the pressure, weight and stress off, also aiding correct upper spine posture. A headrest should be height and depth adjustable to provide correct head and neck support.

 

 

Height Adjustable Armrests

Armrests should be adjusted in height to support the arms and elbows to be in line with the desktop (up to 10% of body weight is placed through the arms). The armrests on the chairs should also be able to be set so they do not interfere with desk access.

 

At Back2, we have a whole array of office chairs that will meet your needs regardless of height and weight. Please see our collection here.

If you are unsure, please contact us at 020 7935 0351 or contact us here where we will be able to discuss your requirements.


Posted in on 3rd August 2017 by Back2.