What Should You Look For In An Ergonomic Chair?

What Should You Look For In An Ergonomic Chair?

UK Ergonomics are certified experts in ergonomics and it really does make us giggle when you see some of the results in Google searches for ‘ergonomic chair’.

There is some misleading, unregulated advertising going on, so hopefully this useful info will help!

So, what makes a chair ergonomic? 

In our vast experience, adjustability and freedom of movement. Ergonomic chairs should have most, if not all, of the below features:

  • Height adjustment – with either short/long gas stem to match height of person
  • Seat depth adjustment
  • Back height adjustments
  • Lumbar adjustment or support to match the curvature of your spine
  • Multi-functional, multi-directional arms (3D/4D adjustments) – up/down/in/out/forwards/backwards)
  • Headrest optional
  • Back lock – typist position
  • Tension control - free float action, allowing the chair to work with you while you stay seated, always supported by the back
  • Dual pivot mechanism – we would call this optional rather than necessary. In forward tilt, the edge of the seat pan is able to dip below the horizon around 5 degrees as you lean forward and apply pressure.
  • Waterfall front edge – seat edge in this shape helps with blood flow and reduces pinching behind the thighs.
  • Option of mesh or fabric – breathable mesh is very popular, reduces the ‘sweaty bum’ effect.

Forward tilting is a great ergonomic asset for people who tend to sit at the edge of their seat or lean forward a lot. According to Global ergonomic reports, a forward sloping seat pan helps increase blood flow to the lower extremities all the while reducing lower back pressure and pain in the forward leaning position.

We hope that the above has been useful and as always, if you have any questions, we are always more than happy to help.

Happy Seating!