Have you ever thought about how many chairs and seats you sit on each day? Have a think about every seat you’ve sat in today? Perhaps your list could include some of the following:
- Kitchen Chairs
- Office Chairs
- Car Seats
- Waiting Room Chairs
- Meeting Room Chairs
- Café Seating
- Cinema Seats
Now think about which of these you’re most likely to spend the most amount of time in. For most people, the answer is the office chair. Ask yourself whether it’s always the most comfortable and if you’re 100% happy with spending a large percentage of your day using it.
What’s the Right Office Chair for you?
There are many different types of office chair and it’s definitely worth discussing with your employer if your current seating arrangement isn’t comfortable and especially if it’s causing you discomfort such as back pain or neck strain.
Think about the circumstances specific to your work patterns that may determine what type of office chair you require:
- How long do you spend at your desk? Are you spending the majority of your day in your chair, or do you move around regularly to meetings or visits?
- Are you working at a computer? Computer chairs are ideal for those working at a screen all day however some arts based jobs require different styles of desk and therefore the chair would need to be adapted.
- Are you taking conference calls? If so, you could consider chairs, which are tilted forwards to help encourage your level of engagement.
- How is your posture? An office chair can either support or affect your posture significantly so it’s worth taking the time to get a chair that is specifically suited to your alignment.
- High or Low Back? Chairs such as our Signet model have the option to adjust to either a high back or medium back – therefore suiting different users of different heights, weights and preferences.
- How Does It Look? If you work at home, you’ll be able to go for a style that suits your favoured aesthetics, however if you’re updating your office chair you may need to consider colours and fabrics more closely. Smart offices often require chairs with polished arms and bases such as the Stanley
What Are the Different Types of Office Chair?
- Conference Chairs – with a slight tilt to encourage engagement, these chairs are also designed to accommodate the user in a relaxing position for often prolonged periods of time.
- Ergonomic Chairs – the various adjustable parts of ergonomic chairs (headrests, arm rests and heights) means that they can be expertly fitted to the individual user. These are an excellent option for anyone with back, shoulder and neck pain or discomfort and encourage good spine alignment.
- Executive Chairs – these can be some of the top range office chairs, thus have gained their name as used by top business executives. These chairs are generally larger than other office chairs and have a high back rest with thick padding and often a leather finish.
- Mesh Chairs – instead of using foam and leather, mesh chairs have a net fabric allowing air to circulate more easily. Mesh chairs can be excellent for those working in warm offices and they offer excellent ventilation during the Summer months.
- Task Chairs – traditionally very popular in offices, task chairs are easy to move around via their small wheels. The rotating function of the chair and adjustable height is often favoured by office workers needing to communicate with colleagues.
Getting the Right Look
Obviously the most important part of finding the right office chair is to focus on comfort and good alignment. This will mean that for every hour you need to spend at your desk, you shouldn’t be storing up potential long term problems with your spine or neck.
However, you can also have a bit of fun finding the right office chair for you by looking at the wide range of styles, colours and fabrics that many of the models are available in.
Chairs such as the Ashford model come in black, charcoal, navy, night sky and grey. Have a think what would work well in your office.
Can I Find Sleek Design and Ergonomic Benefits?
Absolutely. Try checking out chairs such as the TNK Flex. Designed by a design company, it’s based on science and works intuitively to figure out what the user needs. Not only does it look great, it can also anticipate the kinetics of the user’s body and adapt its structure to suit.
Alternatively, you could go for something a little simpler – the eFit which was designed with the younger generation in mind. There’s no denying that work spaces and work habits are changing and this chair brilliantly combines cool design with serious ergonomics and a concern for well being.
The Final Verdict
It’s clear that there’s a wide range of choice out there when it comes to finding an office chair. Take the time to consider your needs and budget, then always opt for the very best chair that you can afford.
Your office chair should be seen as a long term investment and the right one could save you potential health problems further down the line.