Understanding and Identifying the Need for Ergonomic Chair Features

June 20, 2012

If you run your own business, you will know just how important it is to get value for money. Indeed, in order to be successful, you need to know the value of what you will be getting in return before you decide to part with your hard-earned profits.

Although this reasoning can be applied to a wide range of areas throughout business, it can be particularly resonant when it comes to office furniture and, in particular, ergonomic chairs.

The range of ergonomic chairs available these days is vast. Many of them offer features which are integral and necessary to keep workers comfortable whilst others offer extras which may not be quite so necessary. Naturally, the amount you will need to pay will be reflected in the number of features you will want; therefore, you will need to carefully ascertain your workforce’s needs before you invest in a new fleet of chairs.

The best way to determine your needs is to make yourself aware of the many ergonomic features that are commonly available. Below are some of the most common ergonomic chair features that are currently available:

Seat height
This is a standard feature on practically all office and computer chairs. Although it may well be taken for granted, adjustable seat heat is one of the most important ergonomic attributes to have on a worker’s office chair. This is because it enables employees to ease their blood flow by relieving pressure on their thighs.

Arm height
This is another common feature which is all too often taken for granted. Like seat height, adjustable arm height can be integral to the long-term comfort of your workers. This is because being able to adjust the height of seat arms allows operators to reduce the demands made on their neck and shoulder muscles. This can be incredibly beneficial as it can significantly help to reduce prolonged discomfort.

Tension adjustment
Increasing or decreasing the chair tension allows a worker to rock their body comfortably without having to push heavily. This can be a handy feature as it can help workers to reduce their muscle fatigue.

Chair tilt lock
This feature allows users to lock their seat into a position which best suits their individual needs. In general, there are two types of chair tilt lock: single and infinite. Single tilt lock office chairs have very limited options whereas infinite tilt lock chairs allow users to achieve a lock at any angle they like.

Width adjustable arms
This feature allows armrests to be moved outwards so that they can match the breadth of the user’s shoulders. This can help to ensure workers’ forearms are adequately supported and help to reduce the amount of muscular effort required in an employees’ neck and shoulders.

Quite simply, knowing more about the various ergonomic features that are available will help you to not only appreciate which ones are necessary for your particular workforce but also enable you to make a more informed purchasing decision.

 

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