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Office Chairs

Office chairs are heavy duty desk chairs designed to keep you comfortable for hours on end. Buying one may seem like a simple purchase, but everyone has a unique body shape, and therefore require different chair shapes and sizes. To find the right one for you, pay attention to the ergonomics of the chair and be sure it fits the contours of your body for maximum comfort.

What office chairs are best?

When it comes to choosing the best home office chair, there are a few things to consider. Whether you have a permanent home office or occasionally work from home, you’ll be spending long amounts of time in your desk chair and for that reason, it’s vital that it’s comfortable and ergonomically correct to your unique body. When searching for office chairs, look for the following:

  • Backrests:

    An inadequate backrest can put stress on your spine while you’re seated, so look for a high quality computer chair that supports both your upper and lower back appropriately. The lower portion of the chair should also be slightly curved to follow the natural contour of your spine. Consider finding an executive office chair with an adjustable backrest so you can be sure to fine-tune it to your comfort level.

  • Seats:

    The foam density in your seat should be high enough to keep you sitting comfortably for a full workday; be sure to test out your office chairs out to guarantee personal comfort. Analyse how your body fits into the seat: is there room around your hips and thighs? What about between the waterfall of the seat cushion and the back of your knee? Overall, does the seat feel adequately supportive? If not, you may want to continue looking.

  • Armrests:

    Not all office chairs come with armrests, nor do you necessarily need them if you feel they get in the way of pulling in closely to your computer desk. However, if you prefer them, seek out a chair that comes with height adjustable padded rests at least two inches wide for maximum comfort. Be sure the armrests are placed correctly in proportion to your body: armrests that are too high can cause tension in your shoulders, while those spaced too widely will cause you to extend your elbows in an uncomfortable fashion.

  • Chair Base:

    Look for swivel chairs with casters or a five point base so you can move around your office workspace with stability and ease.

  • Height:

    Be sure you select an office chair with adjustable seating so that your thighs are horizontal and feet flat on the floor when you’re sitting. This will minimise strain on your spine.

What type of office chair material should I opt for?

In general, vinyl or leather office chairs prove to be the most durable and are comfortable, yet they may not let your skin breathe as easily as cloth. Cloth, however, while less expensive, is tougher to clean. Faux leather executive chairs are another affordable option but aren’t as durable as real leather or vinyl.

What style office chair should I get?

There are various types of office chairs available, and you should select one based on comfort, preference and whether it works with your current home office furniture and décor. Traditional office chairs tend to be comfortable and oversized, often tufted and commonly made from leather. You can also find a chair without wheels, if that’s what you prefer. Modern chairs tend to be more sleek, innovative, functional and ergonomic, and will add a contemporary quality to your office as you work from home.
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