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woman having a meeting on the computerDo you have an ergonomic chair that helps your back stay in perfect posture? Here are a few things you’ll want to consider.

An ergonomic chair must have lumbar adjustment, so it fits your lower back — curves and all. This also translates to the backrest. A backrest that is about 30 to 50 centimeters wide will suffice. It must support the curve of the spine and be adjustable. The spine is curved inward and sitting for too long results in slouching, which slumps the spine even more.

The seat dimension is another very important aspect of picking out an ergonomic chair. You can’t just give the seat a once-over with your mind’s eye to determine whether it would be right for you. We recommend going to as many shops as possible and sitting on a lot of office chairs with various designs to find the right dimension for you.

Seat height is vitally important so you can sit with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Your thighs should also not be elevated or angled. It should be mounted horizontally on the chairs.
Seat height to desk height is also important to allow you to position your elbows at 90 degrees while typing.

The seat width should be wide enough and have the correct depth (the distance from the front of the seat to the back) to support the user comfortably. A width of 45 to 50 centimeters works great. There should always be a space of about 5 to 10 centimeters between the back of the knees and the seat when you sit with your back against the backrest.

You don’t want to settle for a chair you don’t like. Sitting for an extended period isn’t as comfortable as you might think. Other than standing up regularly and doing some of the stretches we recommend for desk workers, a great way to ensure you’re comfortable for as long as possible is to go for a chair that checks all the boxes for comfort.

Our Best Ergonomic Chair Checklist

Adjustable Armrests

The elbows and arms should have a place to rest while you type away at your computer. This also ensures your shoulders are relaxed. Pro-tip: Avoid keeping your forearm on the armrest while typing.

Adjustable Chair

Improves your chances of getting all comfort features in one chair. Simply adjust the forward or backward tilt of the chair until you get the proper setting.

A Swivel

Beyond being lots of fun for the kids when they visit your office, a chair that rotates or rolls around easily saves you the stress of straining unnecessarily when you need to retrieve something from different areas of your desk.

Comfortable Padding

When you’re at work, you shouldn’t feel like you’re sitting on a rock. You’re probably still under a lot of stress. Memory cushions, gel cushions, and a variety of other choices are available.

Fabric Matters

Go for breathable material. Avoid something that will make you sweat or slide from your seats.


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