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Does Your Office Chair "Fit"?

Jodi Young - Friday, December 05, 2014

Finding the Proper Balance Between Fit & Function

That question might seem a bit odd to some people. When using an office chair it needs to fit your body just like a sweater or pair of pants need to fit your body. "Fit" is an ergonomic concept that refers to the extent to which furniture and other equipment accommodates your physical needs and task requirements.

Not all chairs are created equal for the wide range of body types throughout the world. The perfect chair for a 6’3 graphic designer will rarely “fit” a 5’2 administrative assistant. Firstly both have very different tasks that make up their day and both have very different body types. Making sure both are supported correctly can be tricky.

When looking for an office chair make sure you ask a professional who has the knowledge to get you in a chair that actually "fits" you. Various models have different seat and back sizes and numerous different ergonomic features that can help you get more comfortable in your chair. Back height adjustments, lumbar adjustments, seat height, and arm rest adjustments are all examples of how you can customize a chair specifically to your body type making you.  Here are some tips to get your current office chair better fitted to you:

  1. Make sure lower back is supported with shoulders comfortable on not hunched over
  2. The keyboard and monitor should be directly in front of the user, side to side will create stress on the body as weight is not even distributed across the body
  3. Upper arms should be relaxed at the sides
  4. Feet should be fully supported on the floor or a footrest

If you continue having pain after making these adjustments the equipment you are using may not be suited to your body type or workplace and if you can’t make these adjustments at all it might be time for a new office chair. Our Vancouver furniture showroom has tons of ergonomic models that you can test out before buying and our knowledgeable sales associates can help you find the chair that best “fits” you.

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