Choosing the Right Office Chair

Whether it's back support, seat comfort, or arm support, the features of an office chair are very important for employee health and well-being, as well as productivity. The average person working in an office setting typically spends 40 hours a week in their office chair – which can be close to 2000 hours per year. That can be more time than you spend in your bed sleeping in a week! Purchasing a comfortable bed is a well thought out decision, the same should go for your office chair.

According to an article on GearPatrol.com, "there have been many ergonomics studies done and it has been shown that a supportive office chair increases productivity and maximizes the efficiency of the person sitting in it. A bad office chair, on the other hand, can lead to back strain, leg problems, and carpal tunnel, all of which cause lost time at work and send productivity spiraling."

There are endless amounts of office chairs to choose from. The design, or ergonomics, of the chair should be considered above everything else.

Here are the features to look for:

  • Lower Back Support:A good office chair will have support for the lower back. Some will even have an adjustable lumbar support that allows the user to fit the chair to their lower back. This is important in preventing back strain.
  • Seat Comfort: Seats should be wide enough to support an even distribution of weight. While seated, feet should rest flat on the floor and feel comfortable. In addition, the seat should have enough cushion to support the person sitting in it without feeling the base of the chair.
  • Adjustability:Almost all office chairs have a height and arm adjustment; however, these are not the most important adjustments to look for when shopping for an office chair. The best office chairs have at least five adjustments, including lumbar support, arm width and height, seat back width and height, seat and back angle, and tension control.
  • Wheel Base:Nearly all office chairs have a wheel base. Rolling is important in preventing strain due to reaching across a desk to retrieve items that are out of reach. An appropriate chair mat is also important for proper rolling. If your chair mat is not made for the floor you have, you cannot roll as freely. Try this helpful chair mat-chooser from deflect-o!
  • Swivel Base:All office chairs should swivel freely to allow for easy access to various parts of the desk. If the chair doesn't swivel freely, arm fatigue can result from over extending to reach various items.

These are some of our favorite, and most comfortable office chairs:

Hon Pillow-Soft Executive High-Back Chair

Hon Pillow-Soft Executive High-Back Chair

Lorell High-Back Mesh Chair

Lorell High-Back Mesh Chair

Basyx by HON Mesh Back Task Chair

Basyx by HON Mesh Back Task Chair

Finding the right chair is important to having happy, healthy, productive employees. Who doesn’t want that?

Now what you know what each part of a chair does, learn which office chair is best for your work.