5 Key Considerations for Buying the Perfect Task Chair

Ergonomics Furniture

5 things to consider when buying a new chair

Buying a quality task chair that will meet your needs is incredibly important. This chair, although you may not realize it, will become a major part of your life. 

Ever done the math on how many hours you spend in a task chair each year?  The folks at LifeHacker did, and it’s 2600 hours every single year!  That is a significant chunk of your daily life.

Comparing task chairs can be difficult, especially if you aren’t sure what to look for. This lack of direction often leads people to choose the cheapest chair they can find.

While the lowest cost chair may be easy on your wallet, the costs can add up in the long run. A poor quality chair can reduce work efficiency and lead to body pain including back problems.

This article will arm you with the knowledge of how to compare task chairs and how to find the right chair for your own unique needs.

1. An Eye for Design

On a basic level, most office chairs look pretty similar. They all have a seat cushion, a backrest, most likely swivel and usually have armrests.

It’s similar to the fact that all cars have a steering wheel, windshield, and tires. While there is a base design, the quality of the various offerings can vary wildly.

Of course, while looks aren’t everything, no one wants to invest in an ugly chair; especially since we already established, you will be spending a significant chunk of your life with it.

Take some time to consider how you want your chair to look. Are you buying for modern office space, a casual home office or do you want the classic executive-style chair that makes it clear you are the boss of your domain?

Mobility is an integral part of design. Do you need to be able to move freely about your office or will you be fixed in one place?  A decent task chair will generally come equipped with casters, but you should verify that these will work with your flooring.

2. Ergonomics Are Key

While a chair that looks nice is great to have, it doesn’t mean a lot if the chair doesn’t feel comfortable. You are going to spend hours with this chair each day so you should purchase a chair that helps your body feel relaxed and refreshed rather than sore and exhausted.

A lot of office chairs will use the word “ergonomic” quite loosely. A genuinely ergonomic chair supports your body and promotes good posture while sitting.

So what can you look for when choosing a new chair for your desk?

The most important part of an ergonomic chair is the lower back support. This area of the chair should curve inward with your natural spine curve to support the back muscles that feel the most strain while sitting.

Ideally, whatever chair you choose will have the ability to adjust to fit your back and provide the best support possible.

3. How Low Can You Go?

The height of your seat is as important as any aspect of your new chair. Being able to adjust the height of your chair to suit your own body is an essential feature to have.

You want to ensure that your chair allows your feet to rest flat on the floor with your eyes at the same level as the first line of text on your monitor. Leaning or slouching to type or read your display can lead to body pain and headaches.

If your chair height is set correctly, but your eyes are still not in line with your computer’s display, then you may want to consider adjusting your monitor, adding a monitor arm, or finding another way to accommodate your height and maintain your comfort.

4. Rest Your Weary Arms

Your task chair needs to help you feel comfortable throughout your long workday. While typing is not exactly on the same level as Olympic weightlifting, you still need to make sure your arms are supported.

Any quality task chair will have adjustable armrests. These armrests should adjust up and down to accommodate your height as well as outward for people with broader shoulders.

When you sit, you want your arms to form a 90-degree angle as they rest on the armrests. Without proper height adjustment, you may end up leaning or slouching forward which can cause posture changes and pain.

5. Seat Comfort for a Long Day of Work

Much of the weight of your body will be sitting on the cushioned portion of your new chair. It only makes sense that you want the most comfortable seat for spending your day.

Everyone has their sensibilities when it comes to comfort, but there are a few things to consider when trying out new chairs.

First, you want to ensure that there is enough support for your body. If the chair cushion sinks in too much, then you may not be getting the support you need. Softer is not always better.

Next, check the adjustability of the seat. Can you lean the seat forward or back? Are you able to slide the seat forward for more leg support if needed?

Get Expert Advice

You’re now an experienced task chair shopper!

Now that you know how to compare task chairs, you can make a far more informed decision. However, you still may want to seek out some expert advice.

Office Interiors has a wide range of chairs for you to consider. We can advise you on the features of each chair and help you find the right task chair for your budget.

With our experience and selection, we have the chair that will get you through a long day at work. Don’t hesitate to reach out and request your free consultation!

Cory Porteous
Marketing Manager
Office Interiors

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