February 24

One Size Does Not Fit All In Office Chairs

Categories: Seating, Tips,

You wouldn't buy a size 12 shoe for your size 9 foot. Likewise, you wouldn't wear a hiking boot if you were about to run a marathon.  Why would you attempt to get all of your people to use the same size or type of office chair.  People come in all shapes and sizes, office chairs should too!  To maximize productivity give your employees the right chairs.

Office chairs that don't fit your staff can be a serious and costly problem.  Let us correctly fit your people with our comprehensive seating selection, and you can enjoy happier, more productive employees and avoid tens of thousands of dollars in lost time and worker's compensation costs.

There is much more to a proper fit than just size.  Workers seated for short periods of time have different chair needs than those seated for most of their workday.  Maintaining a proper position is a key to worker comfort and productivity.  Let's take a closer look at proper seating position for office workers.  




100, 100, 100, Elbows and Eyes

An easy way to remember proper seating posture is: 100 degrees, 100 degrees, 100 degrees, elbows and eyes.


Good seating posture requires good chair adjustment. Here is the ergonomic posture set forth by the American National Standards Institute for computer workstations.



Adjust the seat height so that feet are on the floor, knees positioned at or above the hips, and thighs roughly parallel to the floor.  Upper and lower legs should be in a position of approximately 100 degrees.







Properly position the lumbar support of the backrest and adjust backrest angle.  Adjust rocking tension for micro-breaks, short periods to relieve the stress of maintaining one position.  Upper legs and torso should be approximately 100 degrees for keyboard work.






Adjust armrest height so that elbows are supported yet allowing for free movement of the lower arms.  Upper and lower arm angle should be at approximately 100 degrees.  Adjust keyboard height so that it is below the elbows.  Keep the keyboard angle such that the wrists are kept in a neutral position.





Adjust the monitor so that your eyes are at the top of the screen or slightly lower if you wear reading glasses while at the computer.  Place any copy in front or to the dominant eye side.  






So what kind of options or functions do you look for on a chair to give you this kind of adjustability?


Chair Movement

Look for an under seat control that provides for a wide range of movement


Seat Size and Shape

Depending on the size of the person and the task to be performed seat sizes should vary


Seat Angle

In some cases an independently adjustable seat angle can improve worker productivity


Specialty Seat Foam

High viscosity memory foam can improve circulation


Armrest Variety

Armrests should be matched to the task, relieving the neck and shoulder muscles from carrying the weight of the arms


Back Size and Shape

Like the seat, the back can vary greatly 


Neck Support

An adjustable headrest is suited to certain applications


Now that you know a little more about what to look for in a good office chair, are you ready to start looking?  If so, give us a call today


316 942-4100


If you prefer, you can browse some of our seating collections here or send us a quick email.  In either case, we'll rush you the info you need and arrange for a free demo if appropriate.  


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