What You Need to Know Before You Buy: Office Chairs February 18 2020

What You Need to Know Before You Buy: Office Chairs

Buying chairs for an entire office isn’t as easy as you might think. Every person has unique ergonomic needs. A one size fits all approach is not the best strategy when it comes to office equipment, especially office chairs. With so many office chair choices, it’s not easy to choose the correct one for you. The Ergo Works team compiled the following tips to help streamline the process for your office.


Test It Out

It’s important to test out your office chair before you buy it. Every person has slightly different needs for their office chair fit. See how you feel sitting in the chair. It should support the curve of your spine while allowing you to rest your feet flat on the floor.


Replace Regularly

When your chair wears out, replace right away. You don’t want to be left with new aches and pains due to an old chair. In addition, investing in a temporary solution, like attachable chair accessories, does not correct the root of the problem. In some cases, these temporary solutions might even make the problem worse.


Prioritize Ergonomic Health

Investing in a chair that supports your ergonomic health not only makes your day more enjoyable, it also helps you stay productive. A lower quality chair might be ok for a few weeks or even a few months. However, sooner or later, you’ll pay the price for not prioritizing your body’s needs.


Avoid a One Chair Fits All Approach

When buying chairs for your entire office one chair option is not going to benefit every employee. Height, type of work and previous conditions all affect the type of office chair your employees will need. If it’s not possible to allow personalized orders for every employee, choose two or three office chairs that your employees can choose from based on their unique needs.


Type of Work

The type of work you’ll be doing while in the chair should affect your chair choice. If you do mostly solitary work on one screen, you might consider a stationary chair. However, if you do collaborative work or need to swivel from screen to screen, you’ll need a chair that’s easy to move.


Custom Chair Fittings

Don’t ignore the importance of your office chairs. Making sure you’re in the correct seated position can help decrease the effects of prolonged sitting. A well-constructed ergonomic chair should support the correct sitting posture. Every individual has unique ergonomic needs so it’s important to try before you buy. Call our team to schedule a custom chair fitting. We can help you find a chair that is suited to meet your unique needs.


Ergo Works® in Palo Alto, CA is your ergonomic expert. To learn more about strategies to improve your ergonomic health, contact us. We can help find the right ergonomic office chair for you. Our team was developed to combat ergonomic concerns among heavy computer users. Schedule any of our three levels of Ergonomic Evaluations to begin your ergonomic health journey.



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