Thinking About Buying An Office Chair? 5 Mistakes To Avoid & Why
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying An Office chair
Often taken for granted, chairs have come a long way in the past century.
Purchasing an ergonomic office chair will not erase all the pain because of sedentary sitting or miraculously fix your posture.
There are a few essentials to understand getting the most out of your daily sitter, like what signs show that it’s time to change office chairs.
Choosing a new office chair ain’t rocket science, but there should be a little of research in the decision process.
As we get more entangled with computers, the need for a comfortable chair is essential.
A 2016 survey from 51,869 participants found that people 20 years and older spent on average 6.4 hours sitting.
While ages 12-19 years of age spent an average of 8.2 hours per day sitting.
- It reported spending 6 or more hours per day sitting with little physical activity to have a 71% higher rate of mortality.
There is an age old saying ‘You Get What You Pay For’ and that is correct for office chairs. Whether it be leather, mesh, or anything else, the quality of the material makes the difference.
Adjustable or Removable Lumbar Support
3D, 4D Armrest Opposed To 2D
Thick High Quality Memory Foam Seat Cushions
Multi-Surface Dual Wheel Casters
We covered these features in depth on how they prevent our bodies from slumping forward (unhealthy posture) and eases tension, which builds up from long periods of sitting.
According to a 2010 study, looking into the relationship between time spent sitting and risk of mortality that comprising over 184,000 participants.
Combined, these two pieces or research show how the modern office lifestyle is slowly killing us!
Now that you understand the importance of ‘Choosing Your Chair Wisely‘, avoid rehashing these purchasing mistakes I’ve made over the years.
Purchasing The Wrong Material and Colors
Popular Color Scheme For Office Furniture, Specifically Chairs.
Brown With Light Brown
Brown With Gray
Blue With Gray
Silver With Black
Blue With Gray
Blue With White
White With Brown
White With Black
Avoid this dilemma by evaluating your workstation and sitting situation.
Create a checklist before shopping and using it to filter out undesirable chairs from prospective ones.
As posh as white chairs appear they easily stain and age horrible by fading to a yellow tint.
If you asked me to pick which color is overall best, I’d go with all black upholstery because it matches almost any workstation and most chairs use it as their standard.
What are benefits of faux PU leather compared to other types of office chair upholstery?
Faux PU Leather is resistant to fading, cracking, and is overall ages more gracefully next to other types of chair covering materials.
This leather is among the most common for a variety of reason. Its artificial mixture makes it resistant to water, mold or mildew and is easy to clean.
Compared to genuine leather its Eco-friendly and cost less.
Which is the best office chair upholstery for me?
They say the abundance of choice may not lead to the right selection.
Choosing something you will interact with every day is a life-changing decision. A little research saves time, money, and the regret of sitting in pain.
Office and Gaming chairs with padded leather armrest are nice at first to sit, however you should not don’t forget about wear & tear.
The natural oils from your arms will break apart the armrest faster compared to synthetic materials.
It all comes down to preference, but consider this!
Forgetting To Measure Yourself or Office Chair
|Optimal Seating Height For||Petite Sitters||Average Sitters||Large & Tall Sitters|
|Seated Height||14.0" to 16.0" inches.||19.0" to 16.0" inches.||20" to 28" inches.|
|Seated Width||15" to 18 inches.||18" to 20" inches.||20" inches. plus|
|Seated Debth||15" to 18" inches.||18" to 20"inches.||20 inches. plus|
|Backrest Height||13.9 to 18.0 inches.||18.0 to 22.0 inches.||22.0 inches. plus|
These optimal seating stats weren’t just pulled from thin air, they got calculated by averaging office chair specs from Amazon marketplace, Staples, Costco, & the manufactures themselves.
Accurately measure yourself!
Have about 2-4 inches between back of your knees and the chair while sitting with back firmly against the backrest.
Average sitters have a lot for the pickin‘ but that’s not the case for the outliers.
Not Considering Your Workstations Dimensions
Save Space, Go Armless?
Going without armrest will make for extra space if your workstation is on the smaller side.
For most situations, this is a negative tradeoff, especially if you suffer from shoulder pain.
Retractable armrest are worth considering because they offer the best of both worlds. There are other considerations.
Forgetting About The Manufactures Warranty
I also know brick and mortar stores that sell office furniture are also to have favorable warranties.
My last visit to STAPLES had me surprised after noticing all of their office chairs have a 7-year warranty, even the crappy $59 ones that won’t last!
They also are partnering with La-Z-Boy that offer 10-year warranties on their chairs.
Often taken for granted, the advancements of chairs has come along.
The manufacturing of swivel chairs involves a lot of parts compared to traditional four-legged chairs.
Such as a 5 star caster support system, seat base that can swivel and adjustable leavers that are powered by a pneumatic-hydraulic gas lift.
This complicated creation process is too much to cover in a few sentences. Luckily, I covered the topic during my research into how office chairs are created.
Saving A Buck Over Back Saving Features
The time you will save from the lack of sitting pain is well worth the added cost.
An easy way on to calculate on how much to budget is by adding $100 to each hour you sit on an average day.
The longer you’re in the chair, the more adjustable features you’ll want to consider. Two features I look for when buying a chair are the following.
- Easy to Operate Adjustment Controls
- Smooth Movements With Both Swivel and Casters
Spending $300 on a chair you’re in for three hours each day is not a poor investment.
Akin to this sentiment, avoid choosing aesthetics over comfort!
You make look cool in your new chair, but we both know you secretly rather switch for something more ergonomic. [For Your Health!]
Avoid purchasing a surplus of office equipment and only buy enough furniture for your current workforce.
We should equip office chairs with universal casters to have the option of removable armrest.
Some other considerations include the following.
- Purchasing Furniture Without NO Warranties.
- Choosing a computer desk without a slide-out keyboard tray.
- Thinking office chairs are one size fits all.
TIME reported that average space for U.S corporate cubicle has drooped 15 square feet from 90 square feet in 1994 to 75 square feet in 2010.
Ergonomic design is more important because of this shrinkage in the work area.
Thought about using an exercising ball as an alternative?
These tools for exercises are not as healthy as they look. Some experts argue purchasing a $30 ball won't solve any more problems than a budget office chair.
This is a controversial subject within the ergonomic community. Heather Ritz via humantech covered this topic and uses examples to show the flaws in using an exercise ball in replacing your office chair.
Asher CPT, Anne. “Understand Why Your Office Chair Is Causing You Back Pain.” Verywell Health, 8 Dec. 2019, www.verywellhealth.com/office-chair-height-and-hip-joint-angle-296775.
“How Much Time Does the Average Person Spend Sitting? Reports Show It’s Dramatically Changing.” Inverse, www.inverse.com/article/55165-time-spent-sitting-average-person.
ChairPickr | "Writer"
Hello, My name is Claude and I enjoy sitting comfortable. Research into what separates the good from the bad in the matter of chairs started when I made a new year’s resolution to have better posture.
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