Your personal comfort is the most important consideration when selecting
a chair. In addition to finding a chair with a seat height and depth that
best fits your body type, look at the chair's adjustable comfort features
that are important to you (arms, back, lumbar support). Also consider how
skilled you are at putting things together and whether ease of assembly is
important to you.
Here are other important considerations when shopping for an office chair:
- Take your time. Experts agree that you have to try a chair for more than
a few minutes in the store. Check with the retailer on their return policy.
To know if the chair you're considering is right for you, have it delivered
to your office and work in it for several days. If it turns out that
you're not comfortable in it, don't be afraid to send it back. When equipping
an entire company with chairs, it's impractical to custom-fit each employee.
Rather, you'll want a chair that's sufficiently adjustable to fit most
of your workers.
- How do you use your desk? Do you lean forward a
lot, working on paperwork or a computer? If so, you need what's referred
to today as a task chair, which is what we've addressed in this report.
Workers who lean back a lot, while talking on the phone, for example,
will benefit from a different kind of chair. However, some newer task
chairs, especially the Generation by Knoll, are built to provide comfort
in a range of sitting postures.
- Allow for proper blood circulation. Look for a
seat with a rounded front edge, which helps blood circulation in the
legs. Look for a good proportion -- your feet should be firmly planted
on the floor. An improperly proportioned chair will stop just behind the
knees and cut off circulation. Make sure there's at least one extra inch
of chair extending beyond your hips for comfort and thigh support.
- Will the chair roll around
on carpet or a hard floor? The casters may not roll as smoothly on
one type of surface as on another. Also, the overall seat height with casters
should ensure that your feet are always flat on the floor.
- Cloth, leather
or vinyl? Vinyl and leather clean easily, but they can trap heat because
they don't breathe well. Cloth is usually more comfortable, but if
you eat at your desk a lot, spills will eventually show. With newer mesh
models this won't be a factor.