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How to Choose the Perfect Ergonomic Chair for You


So many people sit in front of a desk or computer for hours each day. While sitting may seem relaxing for a little while, long-term sitting can put strain on your body. Good posture at your computer, or while typing is the key to remaining relaxed throughout the day. And your chair is the most important tool you have to maintain good posture and improve your productivity.

Ergonomic chairThe search for the perfect ergonomic chair is a hunt for a chair that can be adjusted to fit your body. Ergonomic chairs are designed, by their very shape and features, to provide comfort and to encourage good posture. There are a wide variety of sizes and styles; try out a few different ones to find a good fit. Here are some tips to help you evaluate which chair is best for you.

  1. Sit down in the chair. Your first goal is to find a chair that is the right size. Most options and features can be adjusted to fit you, but if the chair is too small, there is not much that can be done. The seat pan needs to fit your hips with a few inches of space on each side. You should also feel a comfortable and even distribution of your weight; you do not want to feel any pressure points after sitting for a few minutes. The seat should be deep enough for comfort, but not so deep that catches you behind your knees. If the chair doesn’t fit, try the next one.
  2. Adjust the height. It is easiest to adjust a chair while sitting to provide a more accurate adjustment. The chair should be lowered until your feet rest firmly on the floor. In some situation, with a high desk, or shorter legs, you can add a foot rest for additional height. To keep from back pressure, though, your feet should not hang free or be tucked under your chair.
  3. Properly support your back. Some back rests can be adjusted up or down to find good fit; while this is not a critical feature, it can be helpful in finding a chair that matches the curve of your spine. If the chair otherwise fits, you can consider adding portable lumbar support for better muscle support in your lower back.
  4. Try out the armrests. You need to have good freedom of movement in your arms for typing. Your armrests should only be used between periods of typing, and not get in the way of your elbows. Using your armrests too much can cause pressure on the ulnar nerve in your elbow. For firm armrests, you can try adding padded armrest covers for better comfort.

Good posture can greatly impact your comfort, energy and productivity while sitting all day. Find a supportive ergonomic chair that fits comfortably. Adjust the chair to meet your needs and use additional lumbar support or a foot rest for better support. Your ergonomic chair should help you maintain good posture and provide a more relaxing sitting experience.