Ergonomic computer chairs are essential parts of your computer set up. If you’re a hardcore gamer who likes to play video games for long stretches of time, or even if you’re an office worker, you need an ergonomic chair. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Sitting hunched over on computer chairs can seriously damage health and body posture. However, a good ergonomic chair is designed in such a manner that it maximizes comfort while also supporting your whole body frame. It also promotes general good health. Ergonomic chairs are the best way to ensure a happy, healthy worker or gamer.
In this article and infographic I tell you all you need to know about a good ergonomic computer chair. This infographic will give you a detailed outline on the factors to consider when buying a computer chair. (Click to enlarge the infographic)
You can also check the below words for selecting a good ergonomic chair.
Why choose an Ergonomic Computer Chair?
To highlight the necessity of ergonomic chairs we need only highlight a few simple facts.
Time spent sitting:
- Over 5.5 hours of sitting on an average work day.
- There are about 260 days in a typical work day.
- Thus, total time spent sitting is over 1430 hours in a year.
Furthermore, this is just a conservative figure. If you’re a gamer, this figure is likely to be a lot higher.
The pains of poor sitting:
- About 650,000 workers suffer from serious musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.
- Poor sitting posture can cause overexertion and physical stress.
- Furthermore, a UK study found that poor workstations cost companies $9.3 billion in sick pay. Now, cutting corners with chairs doesn’t seem so wise anymore, does it? In addition to that, 57% of workers suffer from illnesses related to poor sitting habits. Out of those workers, nearly two-thirds of them resort to medication to cope with the pains.
According to Integrated Benefits Institute…
Studies have shown that 1 in 4 employees report lower back pains. Furthermore, employees with lower back pains tend to take at least 4 more days off work in a year. This is just one instance of how bad chairs can be costly to companies in the long run.
Cost to Employers:
Money spent on medical treatments: $31,400
Money lost on sick days: $13,100
Money lost on absenteeism: $8,300
Money spent on long-term disabilities: $4,100
Money spent on workers compensations: $1,800
Money spent on short-term disabilities: $13,100
If you can do the math, you’d find that cutting corners on good chairs can actually cost a company over $70,000 on related costs.
Benefits of Ergonomic Chairs…
Ergonomic chairs support certain parts of the body, in order to reduce certain problems and pains.
Ergonomic Chairs Support:
- Back, with the help of a long backrest that goes all along the spinal column
- Legs, with the helps of appropriate leg rests
- Arms, with the help of adjustable padded armrests
- Buttocks, with the help of padded seats and lumbar support
Ergonomic Chairs Reduce:
- They can reduce awkward postures that develop from slouching. They help you maintain a straight-back tall posture.
- They can ease forceful exertions.
- They can also lower physical and mental stress.
How to Choose the best Ergonomic Chair?
There are several key factors you need to keep in mind when choosing the best ergonomic chair.
The natural glide mechanism on a leap chair enables you to recline the backrest while still being able to comfortably view your work. Most ergonomic chairs come with a certain degree of backrest recline-ability. You should look into how smoothly you can recline the chair, and how much it reclines. Whereas some ergonomic chairs can recline to 180 degrees, thus allowing you to use them as a bed, others only incline to 120 degrees.
You should also be able to recline in such a manner that you can still reach the keyboard and work on the computer without straining either your eyes, shoulders, or arms. Reclining helps reduce the pressure on your spine or muscles. Furthermore, reclining the chair helps keep the body mobile, which is necessary for long hours of sitting.
If you’re getting a computer chair, especially for an office, you should keep in mind that different people of different heights may be sitting on it. As such, you need chairs that can accommodate all their different needs. You need a chair with an easily adjustable seat height.
The easiest means of adjusting seat height is through a pneumatic adjustment lever located just under the seat. You should generally aim for a seat height range of 16 to 21 inches off the floor, as that suits most people’s needs. The ideal sitting position is for the user to have their feet firmly placed on the ground, with their thighs lateral to the floor, and their arms even with the height of the desk. Adjusting the seat height can achieve that.
The material of upholstery on the office chairs should be well padded so as to enhance comfort. If you’re sitting on a chair for long periods of time, you should have padded seats, padded backrest, armrest, and even a lumbar support. An ergonomic chair needs to provide all of that.
In addition to that, a cloth fabric backrest is preferable to a firm leather one. This is because a clothe fabric is more breathable, and as such won’t cause sweating during long hours of sitting.
Finally, one of the biggest complaints that most people have with office chairs is that it leads to lower back pains. As we mentioned earlier, 1 in 4 employees report lower back pains, and end up taking sick days as a result of that. To avoid that, you need to get an ergonomic chair with a proper adjustable lumbar support. This can make a world of difference.
An ideal lumbar support should have the following features:
Control over the firmness of the padding.
It should be adjustable so you can move it into ideal position.
Your lower back should fit in properly against the lumbar support.
Benefits of using a lumbar support:
If you move and sit correctly, with proper support, it allows more oxygen to be pumped into your muscles. In addition to that, more oxygen circulates in your body and flows into your brain, thus making you more alert.
If you’re not always distracted with discomfort, you can focus more on the work at hand.
It keep an individual refreshed and energized.