With a national average of 7.6 hours spent at work on a daily basis, an office chair is one of the most important selections to consider for your health, believe it or not. Reports indicate chairs can affect your posture, back and neck, so important elements to consider in the design of the chair include flexibility, comfort and style.
Because office chair manufacturers recognize client needs, many office chairs already possess ergonomic components. In addition, many manufacturers take workstation layouts and postural requirements to account in the design of the modern office chair.
Today's chair design considers intended usage, ergonomics (how comfortable it is for the occupant), as well as non-ergonomic functional requirements such as size, flexibility, mobility, durability, and artistic design.
Intended usage determines the desired seating position. Any chair intended for people to work at a desk or table, including dining chairs, can only recline very slightly; otherwise the occupant is too far away from the desk or table. Ergonomic designs distribute the weight of the occupant to various parts of the body. A seat that is higher results in dangling feet and increased pressure on the underside of the knees. It may also result in no weight being put on the feet, which means more weight elsewhere. A lower seat may shift too much weight to the seat.
A reclining seat and back will shift weight to the occupant's back. This may be more comfortable for some in reducing weight on the seat area, but may be problematic for others who have bad backs.
Generally speaking, if the occupant is supposed to sit for a long time, weight needs to be taken off the seat area and thus "easy" chairs intended for long periods of sitting are generally at least slightly reclined. However, reclining may not be suitable for chairs intended for work or eating at table.
The back of the chair will support some of the weight of the occupant, reducing the weight on other parts of the body. Backrests come in three heights: Lower backrests support only the lumbar region. Shoulder height backrests support the entire back and shoulders. Headrests support the head as well and are important in vehicles for preventing whiplash neck injuries in rear-end collisions where the head is jerked back suddenly.
With style, comfort and design in mind, Chairs1000.com selected optimum chair choices to enhance your seating experience on a daily basis. Our philosophy is providing quality products for your seating pleasure. So as we like to say, Stay Seated.
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