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Choosing The Right Chair For Your Office

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If you spend your day in the office, working on the computer or at your desk, it is important to have a chair that is comfortable and will support you properly. If your chair is uncomfortable, you may be very sore or even tired at the end of the day. Select a chair that fits properly, supports you well and is comfortable to sit in using the tips here.

Selecting The Right Seat Height

A chair that is too high or too low can be very uncomfortable and make it hard to work efficiently. The best option is an adjustable chair that allows you to adjust the seat height to fit you. For most people, a seat height of 16 to 20 inches from the floor. If the chair is adjusted properly, your feet should be flat on the floor and your thighs horizontal with the floor.

Selecting the Seat Size

The seat of the chair should also be very comfortable. It needs to have a good amount of padding and be level so that you are not sliding out of it when sitting upright in the chair. For most people, a base that is 17 to 20 inches wide works well. This is the standard size for most office chairs but try the chair out before you buy it. Bigger framed people may want an oversized seat with a little more space in it.  

Selecting A Good Seat Back

So you have a great chair with the proper height and a good width. What is left? The chair back is the next part to check. The back of most standard chairs is between 12 and 19 inches wide. There are high backs, low backs, and other configurations to choose from. Whichever you choose, find one that fits the natural curve of your back and allows you to sit up straight and comfortable as you work. If the chair back does not support you throughout the day, you may end up with a backache or sore muscles at the end of the day. Try the chair out. Sit at a desk in it and see how it feels and if you will be comfortable at your desk in it all day.

Additional Features

Chairs that have armrests on them are nice in some situations but only if the armrests are adjustable and will fit under the desk when you pull up to it. If the arms of the chair keep you from sitting close enough to the desk to be comfortable, you are better off without them on the chair. Chairs that swivel should turn easily so you don't have to strain to turn them and if the chair reclines, be sure that it can lock in the upright position as well so it supports you well.