Why is finding the right chair so important?

Today, w spend our time sitting for most of the time that they are awake. We sit while having breakfast, while going to work in cars or buses, in school classrooms, in meetings, in offices, during dinner, and at home while watching television. Many people also sit at work operating machines which have been developed to replace physical work. Although sitting on a chair requires less physical effort than standing or walking it does put a lot of stress on lumbar and thigh area. Long term effects of a sedentary lifestyle and a job that requires sitting can lead to many health problems. Hence it is very important to choose the chair for the right job. 







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What are the features of a good chair?

Some features are Important for a good chair regardless of how you intend to use it:

  • Adjustability - Check to see that seat height is adjustable.
  • Seat height range - Check whether the seat height can be adjusted to the height recommended for the worker(s) who will use it. Different customised chairs may have to be selected for very short or tall workers.
  • Backrest - Check to see that the backrest is adjustable in the frontward and backward direction and has a firm lumbar support.
  • Seat depth - Select the seats that suit the tallest and the shortest users.
  • Stability - Check for the stability of the chair; a five-point base is recommended.

    Other features to consider

    • Check if the selected chair has features that will help someone do their job better with less fatigue. Arm rests with adjustable heights are good for people who operate computers. Wider or narrower arm rests may also be required depending on the worker's dimensions and tasks they do.
    • Check if the selected chair has features that will make doing a job more difficult. An example may be that someone may be using a chair with casters or wheels when a stable and stationary work position would be better. If chairs with casters are needed, Select casters that match the type of flooring you have.