Have you ever thought about your chair’s feelings? Like, literally what your chair feels like. If you spend more than an hour a day sitting at a desk, it is important you have the right desk chair. With so many options out there, it can be difficult finding the right chair for you. One thing to consider when searching is ergonomics chairs!
What are ergonomics? The term ergonomic means, “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment”. There are many factors that contribute to an individual working environment. One of the main factors in workplace efficiency is – the chair. Some of the ways a chair can be considered to be ergonomic are the options and the adjustability. We all have heard the term lumbar support. A solid chair will support the lower back, or lumbar. Studies have shown that ideally, you would like your pelvis and hips to align with your ears in a mostly straight line. What adjustments should an ergonomic chair have? A highly functional ergonomic chair should have some key adjustable components. These components include:
- Adjustable lumbar position
- Adjustable arms
- Seat slider
- Ratchet back
- Back angle adjustment
- Knee tilt
- Tilt tensioners
We like to say chairs are like shoes, everyone’s different, and it’s best to try it before you buy it. Some of us spend as much time in an office chair as we do on a mattress each day. Why not be comfortable and in a position that does not compromise your health or work efficiency? How much should a good ergonomic chair cost? $100 for a comfortable ergonomic chair is no longer a realistic expectation. While many retailers and suppliers offer chairs that look nice at this price point, they lack in the necessary lumbar, seat density, hardware, and options. If you are interested in purchasing an entry price point chair with the right ergonomics you could expect to pay at least $200 – $250.
While this cost puts you in a solid chair, you may want to consider a chair with a more pronounced lumbar support, and one that you are sure you can sit in for extended periods of time. It is not uncommon to spend $600-$700 on chairs such as the Ergohuman, G20, or Luray. Some chairs cost upwards of that such as the Herman Miller Aeron. We typically will stock used chairs that our clients get for an incredible value. While we stock many chairs in the higher price points, you can often find pre-owned chairs at OFS in the $150-$250 range. This way you secure a chair that would typically cost well over $500 for a fraction of the price.
Either way, we believe you should not be sitting long hours in cheap chairs that can harm you over time. We are the experts, and give you options, guidance, and direction when considering an ergonomic office chair.
We hope this article was helpful to you and if you feel it would be helpful to someone you know then please share it with them! It is always good to be in the know on things like this. Have questions about ergonomics or any other aspects of what we do? Give us a call at (630) 357-5600 or visit www.theofs.com. We at OFS hope you have a great rest of your day!