Although reports tell us that being up and about throughout the working day is pretty crucial to our health, the reality is that many office workers still have to sit for a sizeable chunk of time each day.

With seated, computer based work there to be done and office furniture sales growing year on year, the opportunities for resellers are likely to remain as strong as ever.

There is also the fact that many companies are looking to make their environments appeal to generations x, y and millennial in an increasingly mobile, flexible and health conscious world.

The health issues are critical, with employers and employees ever more aware of the potential ‘risks’ of sitting for long periods. Helping people to choose the right equipment and ensure the workforce is healthy and productive is important and likely to remain so.

Good office chairs will improve efficiency, contribute to increased health and wellbeing and help to reduce back tension and pain.

These are 7 recommendations for finding the perfect office chair:

  1. Length of use

Find out how long individual users are likely to be seated in the chair for. If this is for more than a few hours a day then ergonomics and adjustability are particularly important in all aspect of the chair’s design.

  1. Seat height

Think about the range of heights of people likely to be using the chair. In a hot desking environment the more adjustable the chair the better and a pneumatic adjustment lever will make it easier for individuals to change the setting quickly.

Generally it’s advised to have a good five inches of adjustment up or down, to allow users of varying heights to be comfortable.

Any chair should enable the user to have his or her feet flat to the floor or on a foot rest and thighs parallel to the ground.

  1. Seat width and depth

Users should be able to sit comfortably against the back of the chair with their backs against the backrest while having at least two to four inches of room between the backs of their knees and the chair. The general depth recommended for office chairs is between 400mm and 600mm.

  1. Seat tilt

The seat should be tilt-able so that the user can move as needed over the course of the day and not feel restricted to one position. The tilt mechanism should be a backwards and forwards one, with a locking mechanism.

  1. Lumbar support

The user’s lower back should always be supported by the back of the chair. Ideally the chair back should mirror the shape of a person’s back to provide effective support and it should not restrict the user’s arm or shoulder movements.

  1. Armrests

These should be adjustable and enable the user to have their arms parallel to the work surface and at 45 degrees to their body.

  1. Seat material

The padding and material of the seat should be comfortable enough for people to sit on it for extended periods of time. It should also be breathable to prevent heat from building up.

And finally, while finding a great office chair will make a huge difference to users’ comfort and productivity, everyone should be reminded of the importance of getting up, walking around and giving their legs a stretch at regular intervals.

For more advice on finding the best office furniture for your customers please contact your VOW account manager or visit www.voweurope.com

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