Ergonomic Office Chair – A Very Popular Modern Office Accessory
Ergonomic office chairs are one of the most popular accessories in modern offices. Many office workers spend over eight hours a day, sitting in their office chairs. An ergonomic office chair can reduce the load on the back, shoulders and neck of an office worker. Ergonomic chairs are more expensive than conventional office chairs, but the extra costs will be rapidly recovered by increased productivity of the workers and the prevention of various occupational injuries.
Productivity and health of the staff in any organization largely depends on whether their working spaces are setup comfortably. Most notably, this depends on the choice of the office furniture. If a person is sitting in a comfortable and functional ergonomic office chair, the very productivity and efficiency of work will be increased, because they will not be distracted by pains in their backs, necks or legs. Furthermore, if an employee develops a chronic injury due to improper posture during work, the employer will likely be liable to pay for the treatment of the workers and any other costs involved with the injury.
Ergonomic Office Chairs
I mention the Herman Miller Aeron quite often because, well, it’s what I’ve got. There certainly are other ergonomic office chairs out there, though. Here’s a few I scrounged from around the Web:
The Trendway TF series chairs are high-backed with a curved dual-compound seat and adjustable height. I don’t like that the arm rests don’t seem to be adjustable, and it’s not clear whether the back has a tilt option, but the TF series has a range of seat sizes with five arm choices available, so you may find something that fits just right.
http://www.trendway.com/ (look under “managerial task seating”)
When I saw the Knoll Chadwick Chair, I thought it looked awfully similar to the Herman Miller Aeron, and then I found out Don Chadwich was the designer of the Aeron and the Equa I (haven’t seen that one). The Chadwick Chair is his newest project. It has active suspension and resilient support via the “elastometric” back and seat fabric. It comes with variable seat depths, flexing arm pads, forward tilt, and lumbar support. The frame is black glass-filled nylon with a breathable 100% polyester fabric available in beige, silver, brown, green, and black. Hm, I think this one goes on my Christmas wish list. It seems to have everything you could want in an ergonomic computer chair.
The Kimball Office Wish Task Chair sports a synchronized-tilt recline, multiposition back lock, five-zone tilt tension, and pneumatic height adjustment so users can easily customize the chair to get just the right fit.
I haven’t actually tried any of these chairs (maybe some day!) and a lot of the blurbs are summaries of the manufacturers’ own descriptions, so you’ll want to do some more research if you’re thinking about buying any of them. I’d love to hear comments from anyone who has tried any of these chairs.
(Pictures came from the product section of InteriorDesign.Net)
Making Sure Your Chair Is Right For You
An ergonomic office chair should be adjustable for any body type. All the features should be in a working state. Also, individually choosing a chair is better because a chair which suitable for one person may not suit another.
When choosing and setting up your ergonomic office chair, you should be guided by approximately the following calculations: ideally, when a person is sitting in a chair, their soles should be flat on the floor, and not hanging.
The back of the chair should be curved, rather than straight, in order to provide support to the waist. An ergonomic office chair should also have armrests, which will keep the shoulders relaxed.
Other Benefits Of An Ergonomic Office Chairs
Furthermore, an ergonomic office chair is capable of reducing the fatigue, and thus improving the general mood of the workers. A well furnished and ergonomically designed workplace may significantly increase the productivity of the staff and improve the atmosphere in the office.
Ergonomic office chairs are becoming increasingly popular. They might feel rather discomforting in the start. Later on, one starts to appreciate the comfort and safety they have to offer. Above all, an ergonomic office chair protects workers from the risk of injury and keeps them relaxed and fresh.
Office chairs of today are ergonomic, functional and stylish. The best ergonomic office chair should be equipped with regulatory mechanisms, such as the tilt of the chair, armrests, and height adjustable seats. The construction of a modern office chair conforms to all rules of ergonomics, as well as international safety and health standards. An ergonomic office chair is a frequent choice for the most demanding and sophisticated customer.