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Sitting in the wrong position or with poor posture for prolonged periods can have a profound effect on your health. For anyone who spends more than 20 hours each week at a desk or computer screen, finding the best office chairs for posture is crucial.
Pain, discomfort and mobility issues are not uncommon when people fail to achieve the correct posture while at their desks. Across the UK, thousands of working hours are lost every week as a direct result of this growing problem. That’s why sourcing the best ergonomic office chairs — and using them correctly — is so important.
To guarantee good posture for you and your office staff, you need to provide everyone with an ergonomic chair that can be adapted to the specific dimensions of the user. Fortunately, there are several to choose from at Office Supermarket. But before you decide which one to buy, it’s worth understanding how ergonomic office chairs work.
The term ‘ergonomic’ originates in the scientific world, and it describes how objects are designed in order to facilitate safe, easy and practical human interaction. In the case of an ergonomic chair, the design ensures a safe and easy sitting position that supports the weight of the user and promotes good posture.
An ergonomic office chair is one that allows the user to make a variety of adjustments in order to achieve the ideal sitting position. Of course, the ideal sitting position depends on the user’s size and dimensions. So, the more adjustment options there are, the more potential sitting positions there are.
But it’s important not to get too far ahead of yourself. While buying a high-quality ergonomic office chair is very important, knowing how to sit at a desk properly is crucial. That’s why staff training and feedback on sitting positions are so important. You could buy the best ergonomic chair on the market, but if the user isn’t sitting on it correctly, your time and money are being wasted.
Once you and your team can sit at your desks properly, your ergonomic chairs should deliver a range of health benefits — and drastically reduce sick hours within your organisation.
The basic principles of the perfect sitting posture are:
Choosing the best office chairs for posture will make achieving the perfect sitting position a relatively easy task for everyone.
There are thousands of ergonomic office chairs on the market today, but not all of them offer the features and options you’ll need to achieve and maintain the perfect sitting posture. Look out for the following features during your search for the best office chairs for posture:
Your feet should remain flat and your upper legs parallel to the floor. This means you’ll need the option to change the seat height. Look for options that offer a seat height range of at least 16 to 21 inches.
Tilting your seat allows you to achieve the perfect sitting position for your pelvis. In most cases, the pelvis should remain in a neutral position and the hips should be at an 80-degree angle.
The best office chairs for posture will often feature an S-shaped lumbar support system designed to prevent slumping and provide maximum support for your lower spine.
Make sure your spine is supported naturally by your office chair’s backrest. A backrest recline option should allow you to create the ideal angle and position.
Ideally, your office chair’s armrests should sit level with your desktop — allowing you to keep your forearms parallel to the floor.
An adjustable headrest doesn’t just support the weight of your head; it also promotes a good sitting position and posture. Over time, this can reduce tension in your shoulders and neck.
Here at Office Supermarket, you’ll find a wide selection of quality ergonomic office chairs at affordable prices. It’s worth comparing a few of the options that feature your preferred adjustment options before deciding which one to buy. But to help you on your way, here are two of our most popular options.
As well as adding a touch of elegance to any office, the Lumbar Massage Faux Leather Office Chair is designed for both everyday comfort and good posture. Featuring a high leather backrest, premium faux leather and a range of adjustment options, this is a great all-rounder for people who experience stiffness after long days at their desks.
This high-quality office chair has soft, padded armrests, a reclining lock-tilt mechanism, a tension control knob and swivel wheels. But perhaps the most impressive feature of this product is its mains-operated massage function, which is designed to relieve stress and pain in the lower back.
If you spend long hours in the same sitting position at work, you’ll need an ergonomic chair that lets you set the perfect sitting position for your frame in a matter of seconds. The Caracal Call Centre Operator Chair is ideal, as it features a seat slide, adjustable lumbar support, adjustable arms and a three-lever seating mechanism.
This premium ergonomic chair is perfect for any type of office. Characterised by its chrome finish and sculpted foam back, it delivers the perfect combination of aesthetic appeal and everyday comfort. Adjusting this chair simply couldn’t be easier. Just a few turns of the adjustable handwheel can set the backrest with lumbar support to the perfect angle.
The best office chairs for good posture are ergonomic models that provide the user with a wide range of adjustment options. Fortunately, there are dozens of high-quality options to choose from at Office Supermarket.
In our opinion, the best office chair for long hours at a computer screen is the Caracal Call Centre Operator Chair. Not only does it offer a sculpted foam back with lumbar support, but it also features a three-lever seat positioning system that allows you to make the smallest of adjustments in seconds. There’s also a seat slide for ensuring your back is in the perfect position.
Yes, the right ergonomic office chair can help you and your team to maintain a healthy posture at your desks. However, good posture always starts with a good sitting position. Your feet should be flat on the ground, your forearms should be parallel to the ground and your back and shoulders should be upright. The best office chairs for posture are ergonomically designed to facilitate these seating positions with a range of adjustable features.
The best ergonomic office chair of the two we have listed above depends on your priorities. If, for example, you want to remain comfortable and in the optimal seating position for long periods of time, we recommend the Caracal Call Centre Operator Chair. It’s got everything needed to make the most subtle adjustments to your sitting position and posture.
The Lumbar Massage Faux Leather Office Chair is the best option if you favour executive style over maximum adjustment options. It also offers the bonus feature of a mains-operated massage function, which can deliver relief from back pain and stiffness.