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What Does It Mean For A Chair To Be Ergonomic?

What Does It Mean For A Chair To Be Ergonomic?

Ergonomics is the science of taking objects, workplaces, and activities or processes, and designing them to be safer for the people who use them. And given how much of our time we spend sitting down these days, our chairs are the first things that need to be more ergonomic. But what makes chairs ergonomic? Let’s see.

Seat 

Whether it’s by an inch or a foot, everyone’s height is different. So, it’s foolish to assume the same chair height would be comfortable for everyone. Height affects how ergonomic and comfortable chairs are because it determines whether your feet touch the ground (ideal height), are hanging above the floor (if the seat is too high), or causes your knees to bend (if the seat is too low). Any good ergonomic chair, even a basic Staples ergonomic chair, should allow you to adjust the height of your seat, and if you buy one from a premium brand like AndaSeat, one of the most ergonomic office chairs in Canada then you’ll even be able to adjust the depth of your seat; making sure it's not too forward or too backward.

Backrest 

One of the most crucial components of an ergonomic chair, a backrest needs to be the right height and width to properly support the back. Along with that, it needs to be adjustable in its height to accommodate people who are taller or shorter than the average person. It must also have the ability to tilt forward or backward to allow users to sit upright or recline back if they want to.

Lumbar Support 

Lumbar support refers to the part of the chair that provides support for your lower back, the part of the body most prone to injury or pain from bad posture or excessive sitting. Chairs with lumbar support, specifically lumbar support that can be adjusted and moved, allow your spine to retain its natural shape and position throughout the day, allowing for more comfortable sitting and reduced pressure on the discs in your spine.

Headrest

Often when working for long periods of time, we tend to slump our heads into uncomfortable positions, leaning it too far back or too forward. Both of these can cause soreness and tension in the neck and shoulders. This problem can be mitigated by having a chair with a headrest that is adjustable in both height and angle to best suit the person using it.

Armrest a

Often overlooked, armrests that are adjustable in their height and pivot can go a long way in improving the ergonomics of a chair and providing a comfortable sitting position, especially if your job requires typing.

Misc.

Lastly, you need to consider things such as the material used for seat and backrest, such as velvet or leather and if they’re comfortable, as well as the wheels and base for their durability and material quality, etc.

 

And there you have it, now you know what it means for a chair to be ergonomic, and what to look out for when purchasing your own!Reuben Li