We spend a lot of time sitting at work, so choosing the best ergonomic office chair for the task should be a priority.
What should you look for?
Sitting is stressful for the spine and lack of proper support can result in both a sore back as well as back, neck, shoulder and arm injuries. A well designed ergonomic chair should provide good lower back and lumbar support. Lumbar support is crucial as the lumbar part of the spine is curved. Without support, this curve becomes flattened resulting in slouching which puts strain on the spine. Lumbar support should be adjustable by the user.
Seat height should also be adjustable so that you can sit in the chair with your back fully supported and your feet flat on the ground with thighs horizontal. The front edge of the chair should not cut off blood circulation under your legs.
Seat width and depth should be such that when seated with the back against the backrest, there should be 2 – 4″ between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair. Seat width is generally best between 17 – 20″.
Backrest should be fully adjustable in height and angle so that it properly supports the user’s spine. This height and angle should be able to be locked by the user so that it doesn’t change by itself. The width should be between 12 – 19″.
Armrests should be adjustable and allow the arms to be comfortably supported with forearms horizontal to the floor with shoulders relaxed and wrists in line with the forearm, However, arms should not rest on the armrests when using the computer.
Seat materials should ‘breathe’ and have enough padding to provide comfort to the user. Seats that are too hard can cause discomfort and strain, while non-breathable coverings will result in the user perspiring.
There are many options available. Here are just a few of our top picks:
Mimeo by Allsteel:
Mimeo’s enveloping shape and dynamic back maintain constant contact with the user for unparalleled comfort and support. Open design enables unrestricted, multi-directional postures and accommodates a wide range of users. Mimeo is appropriately scaled for highly visible office landscapes, while its diverse material options enable a strong visual impact.
Quip by Allsteel:
Create a color combination that fits your space. Quip can mix and match mesh and upholstery colors to get the exact look you want. Simple adjustments make Quip the perfect fit. Standard controls include seat height, tilt tension, tilt lock, and seat depth. Optional lumbar support allows users to easily adjust the chair back to their needs. Quip wraps it all up in one smart investment.
Solve by HON
Solve mid-back task chair features responsive ilira-stretch mesh back for all-day comfort and support. Synchronized seat & back to provide proper balance, alignment and lumbar support, and can be adjusted with a single lever.
Seat glides forward when the back flexes to provide a more natural posture
Synchro-tilt mechanism reclines the back at a higher ratio than the seat for proper back alignment. Waterfall seat edge promotes better leg circulation.
Pneumatic seat height adjustment moves the seat up and down to adapt to various body heights while tilt tension controls the rate and ease of recline.
Upright tilt lock secures the chair in the full upright position.
360-degree swivel provides freedom of movement in any direction.
Frame and five-star base provide maximum durability and easy maintenance. Adaptable scale and controls supports multiple users and environments.
Endorse Mesh Mid-Back Big and Tall Task Chair by HON
Endorse is The HON Company’s most adaptable seating collection. This mesh, mid-back task chair features adaptable comfort geometry, plus the added benefit of an easy-to-use built-in lumbar adjustment for exceptional lower back support. The ilira-stretch back material provides natural ventilation. Seat core is molded from recycled material. The HON Company’s research-driven comfort geometry provides best-in-class support to the entire body.
Sculpted organic form is a reflection of the advanced ergonomic function
Built-in lumbar adjustment allows users to tailor the back to their individual support needs
Sturdy big and tall design is proportioned to blend in with all other Endorse high-, mid-, and low-back models. Four different arm options to accommodate different requirements. Polished Aluminum or Black molded polymer base.
These are just a few of the available options. Choosing an ergonomic office task chair is a very personal choice. To ensure you make the perfect selection why not contact us and we’d be happy to help.