Office Chairs UK Buying Guide
The right office chair should be ergonomically suitable, supporting your body in a variety of positions whilst still allowing you to effortlessly carry out tasks with efficiency. Aesthetics are of course also important, and ensuring that your new chair is in keeping with your office design is a vital consideration. The most important features to be looking for in a new chair are:
1. Adjustable Height
The first thing to look for, and thankfully found in most chairs, is a height adjustable seat. Not every user of a chair will be the same height so the manufacturers must make allowances for this to enable people of all sizes to use the same product. The most ergonomically sound position is to be able to sit with your feet flat on the ground (without compressing your thighs which would reduce blood flow to your legs).
It seems too obvious to even point out, but not all office chairs swivel. Those with static chairs do not need to move in their work so such chairs are suited to them, however if you do move even just to reach things it is essential your chair can swivel so you are not twisting, and therefore damaging, your back!
3. Adjustable Backrest & Lumbar Support
An adjustable backrest paired with lumbar support is essential if a chair is to be truly ergonomically correct. Adjusting the backrest allows the user to relieve any pressure on their upper back by adapting to their posture, which in turn reduces stress being exerted on their muscles and vertebrae. Good lumbar support helps keep the spine in its naturally curved ‘S’ shape, ensuring the muscles surrounding the spine are not overworked.
4. Seat Material
The seat part of the chair should be adequately padded in order to offer support, this also applies to arm rests and the back of the chair (unless a mesh backed chair, of course), the padding should be firm enough that your weight is held by the chair but not so hard that you can feel the parts of the chair underneath you which could inflict damage on the base of your spine.
5. Adjustable Armrests
Armrests could be considered an unnecessary addition to an office chair, however they are vital in avoiding straining the neck. Adjustable armrests must be fixed at the perfect height (and, if also adjustable, width), ensuring that elbows are perpendicular to the supports. Armrests that are too high or low could cause serious problems with your neck and spine.
You also need to consider how long you will be spending in your new chair, the longer you are spent sitting in it the more adjustable features you will require- and if you are going to be using your chair for long periods of time then lumbar support is a necessity.
Each chair on our website is accompanied by comprehensive descriptions and specifications to assist you in making your decision whilst bearing in mind the points above.