Most jobs require constant sitting throughout the work day which is why it is essential to have a comfortable and adjustable office chair. With the growing amount of desk jobs, comes the increased need for additional office chairs in businesses. Before selecting a new office chair for your business it is important to take into consideration a few factors to ensure that you or your employees will be able to sit comfortably through the duration of the work day. The most important features of a chair to keep in mind when selecting a new office chair is the seat, backrest, mechanism, and armrests. If all four of these components are selected with the individual's needs in mind, a healthy sitting experience is almost guaranteed, however if one is overlooked this can lead to uncomfortable aches and pains. One area where people have the most difficulty determining which will work best for them is the seat.
Why is the Seat so Important?
The office chair seat is arguably the second most important part of an office chair aside from the backrest. This is where you remain seated throughout the work day, so if your seat is not designed to fit your body you will find yourself experiencing discomfort throughout the day. A seat that is too small for the individual will not provide proper support for the thighs and will cause you to feel fatigued from having to continue to adjust yourself to find a comfortable position. A seat that is too large will cause the front edge of the seat to dig into the back of the knees, not allowing for proper circulation throughout the legs. In this situation with a seat that is too large, many individuals will find themselves leaning forward leading to not properly utilizing the backrest which ultimately causes back pain from your back not being properly supported.
Perfect Seat Size
The seat pan should be long/deep enough that it does not come in contact with the back of your knees when you are sitting all the way back in your chair. The width of your seat should at least be an inch wider than the width of your hips but not wide enough where you are unable to rest your arms on your armrests without stretching them at an awkward angle. The seat pan is the correct size when the user is able to fit two fingers between the back of their knees to the front of the seat edge. A seat slider can be utilized for taller individuals which allows the user to pull up on a lever to adjust the depth of the seat in and out while seated in a chair. A back depth adjuster can also increase the depth of the seat by typically turning a knob which allows for the back to be moved in and out rather than the seat. This is a more difficult adjustment and typically requires the user to get out of their chair in order to adjust it.
How to Determine the Correct Seat Size
If your current office chair fits you correctly, it is best to measure the depth and width of your chair to ensure that the next office chair you purchase has those same dimensions. If your chair is too short or too long, you will need to do some self-measuring or have someone help measure you. Using a tape measurer, measure from the back of your knee to your back to determine the depth you will need your seat to have. Once you have this measurement, add about an inch to an inch and a half to this in order to leave room between the front of the seat and the back of your knees. This will help you determine the seat depth that is needed. As aforementioned, you will also need to have the correct seat width if you will be using armrests on your chair. The width of the chair should be about an inch or two wider than your hips.
All these factors combined will help you and your employees achieve a comfortable sitting experience and help increase productivity by avoiding distractions such as back pain which often results in sitting in a chair that is too big or too small for the individual.