Picking the right office chair

A chair is a chair is a chair… nope. Proper ergonomics is one key component to reducing musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel, back and neck strain and fatigue. And this can all stem from not sitting in the proper chair.

Let me share with you a story from a friend of mine. She works primarily on a laptop for her job and was experiencing numbness and tingling in her arm and fingers and had neck pain. She visited her chiropractor and the first question he asked was what kind of job do you have? Followed up with what kind of chair do you sit in? She typically isn’t sitting in a proper desk chair, it was either a chair from her kitchen table or a lounge chair in her office. Both caused her to slouch and after prolonged improper posture, it threw her neck out of place pinching her nerves, thus resulting in the numbness and tingling. All of this could have been prevented if she was using a proper office chair.


What are some things to look for when searching for an office chair? Appearances shouldn’t be your first priority. Comfort and durability should be the most important aspects when selecting your chair. Here are a couple tips and suggestions to help with the process.

  • Make sure it’s height is adjustable. If sitting at a desk, or typing on a computer, your employees should be able to have their arms parallel with the surface of the desk and you should be able to look directly into the middle of your computer monitor. They don’t want to have to slouch or stretch to reach their keyboard.

  • If the chair has arm rests, make sure those can adjust as well. Arm rests can provide much needed support if you are typing or using a mouse… however if you find arm rests just get in the way, make sure they can be removed if you purchase a product with them on it.

  • Comfort. Finding the proper cushioning can be subjective, however you want to find a product which is soft but still durable enough to handle daily use. Properly sized seats can also be a challenge. If you have a smaller or larger than average frame, most standard sized seats might not work for you. Having a seat which is too large or small can hurt your posture and may hinder your productivity. If you aren’t comfortable sitting at your seat, you will be distracted and may be moving about your office when you should be working on your project.

  • Does your chair tilt or have the proper back support? These options can help decrease the risk of developing neck or back pain when seated at your desk.

  • Wheels or no wheels? And does is swivel? Using a chair which can help enhance movement can also help to prevent strain if you are constantly twisting or reaching to grab items off a printer, or from the other side of a workspace.

  • Materials. The construction of your furniture piece should be sturdy and of high quality and if you have a chair with fabric, make sure it is durable yet still comfortable. No one likes a scratchy seat.

InnovativeOfficeSolutionsLogoA lot goes into picking the right office chair. The best thing you can do is consider the needs of your employees, write them down, then call Innovative Office Solutions at 1-800-253-3005. Our trained and experienced office designers will make sure your team is fitted with the right equipment.


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