Everyone has their favorite chair. The one that just feels right. The one we've sat in for years, that just seems to form around us. The perfect chair! I'm guessing, the chair your thinking of is not the one at the office. For many, our office chair is the one that matches all the others or even worse, is the one that was at your desk when you started. (Ahhh!)Here are a few tips to help make your office chair a little more comfortable.
1) Sit Right!
Sit up, sit straight, with your feet on the floor. Proper posture can alleviate many uncomfortable sitting positions. Before you check the chair... check yourself.
2) Adjust the chair for you.
How often do you sit down and start reading emails? Take a few minutes to tweak all the adjustments; height, seat, arms and back. Daily usage can knock these adjustments out of alignment.
3) Add back support
You can purchase a lumbar support that attaches to the back of the chair. This support is designed to fit the curvature of your back and support your back where you need it. This support can also provide more padding. Many high-end office chairs, like the Leap Chair from Steelcase, have adjustable lumbar support build into the design of the chair.
4) Add a footrest under your desk
Adding a footrest can keep your feet in a proper sitting position. Keeping your feet in the proper position can help with your posture, circulation and keep your back aligned.
5) Adjustable Arms
This is one area that is often overlooked, but adjustable arms can provide support to your arms to prevent tight shoulder muscles.
6) Is the chair designed for you?
No two people are the same. If you are tall or carrying a few extra pounds, there are chairs designed to for you. These chairs have larger cylinders, wider seats and more distance between the arm pads.
7) Replace your Chair
If you’ve tried everything on this list and still can’t find a comfortable adjustment, maybe it’s time for a new chair. Expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a good chair.
BONUS: Adjustable height desk or Walkstation
Instead of sitting all day you may want to adjust your workstation. Adjustable height workstations can be adjusted depending on the project you are working on. This allows you to sit or stand while you work. You may also want to look at the Walkstation, this product combines a desk and a treadmill. This is a great way to get in some minimal exercise while working.
I hope these tips will help make your office chair more comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the more productive you will be…right?! Taking small breaks to get up and move are also beneficial to your health.
If you are looking for a new office chair, contact one of our Workplace Interior Consultants to help you find the perfect fit.
Leave a comment! I'd love to hear other ideas or other suggestions.