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If you’ve bought office furniture in the past, you’ve probably come across ergonomic desk chairs before. While most people believe them to be broadly positive, many aren’t sure exactly why. But understanding what ergonomic office chairs are, and the benefits they deliver is the key to choosing the right options.
Put simply, ergonomic office chairs are designed to provide maximum support for the body. By achieving this goal, ergonomic stools and chairs can make good posture easier to achieve and prevent long-term pain, discomfort and mobility issues. A well-designed office chair can deliver targeted support to key areas of the body. There should be support and weight distribution qualities for the spine. Ergonomic desk chairs should also facilitate a natural position for the joints and align the shoulders and hips perfectly.
Officer workers in particular are prone to pain and discomfort caused by spending long periods in a poor sitting position. Investing in ergonomic desk chairs might involve a significant investment today, but it could deliver a range of benefits over a longer period.
To help you make the right choices for your working environment, we’ve put together a short guide to choosing ergonomic stools and chairs.
Designers approach the creation of ergonomic desk chairs from a medical point of view. They start with the perfect sitting position and create a range of features that facilitate that position with minimal effort from the user.
Yes, ergonomic desk chairs and stools are often more expensive than standard alternatives. But when the following benefits are possible, the large initial outlay should be well worth it in the long run.
By looking after the health, wellbeing and morale of your office employees, you’re investing in the future success of your business.
There are some potentially serious health-related consequences linked to poor posture at work. For people who work 40 or more hours every week at a desk, the risk of pain, discomfort and long-term ailments as a result of poor posture increases significantly.
When you give your staff ergonomic desk chairs, however, instances of pain, discomfort and mobility issues fall dramatically. This increases productivity and morale, which boosts the bottom line, reduces staff turnover and enhances the business’s reputation.
The good news is that high-quality ergonomic furniture has never been more affordable or accessible. There are some fantastic products to choose from, many of which are stylish focal points in their own right. Choose the right one for your working environment, and productivity and morale levels should soar.
For perched seating, sit-stand working and working at benches, you may need an ergonomic high office chair that’s robust enough to adapt to a wide range of sitting positions.
Take the Factory Chair with Fixed Draughting Kit, for example. Featuring a high-rise gas lifting mechanism, an adjustable seat and backrest and a foot-ring accessory, this premium product is perfect for working at height while maintaining a good posture. It’s also made with a high-quality black polyurethane covering, which is as stylish as it is hard-wearing.
For the perfect combination of style, comfort and ergonomic support, an ergonomic mesh office chair is ideal. Providing you with good ventilation, the perfect sitting position and support where your body needs it most, this option is ideal for people who spend several hours a day at their desks.
The Hermes Ergonomic Mesh Chair is a particularly impressive example of ergonomic engineering. Featuring high-quality black mesh and a chrome base, this great-looking chair has a high, curved back, an upholstered seat and a waterfall front — everything you need to remain comfortable and productive at a computer. There’s also adjustable lumbar support for people who struggle with back problems. This premium product makes adjusting the height, recline and seating positions a quick and simple process, which makes it ideal for busy hot-desking environments.
A slimline ergonomic office chair provides comfort and a range of easily adjustable sitting positions, but it also takes up minimal space in a busy office. The Babylon Executive Office Chair is the perfect example, thanks to its triple-paddle adjustment mechanism and its compact design. This product is ideal for people who work at computers for long periods, as it features a loaded, high-back design that maximises support for the spine and neck. Available in three colours, this slimline ergonomic office chair is designed for both comfort and aesthetic appeal.
Nothing beats the aesthetic charm and luxury of leather, which is why an ergonomic leather office chair is such a popular choice at Office Supermarket. Comfortable, luxurious and supportive in equal measures, leather chairs can add an element of elegance other options simply can’t compete with.
The Titan Ergonomic Office Chair is the perfect example. Available in three colours and featuring a sculpted lumbar backrest, this premium product looks and feels great. And with a range of sitting positions made possible by features such as weight tension control and a gas lift mechanism, it can be quickly adapted to the user’s frame — perfect for hotdesking.
While most ergonomic desk chairs are made from metals, plastics, fabrics or leather, some feature wooden frames that are designed to provide sculpted support for the back and legs. While wood may not be as resilient as stainless steel and aluminium, it provides a unique aesthetic that simply can’t be replicated. It’s also an environmentally friendly option.
It’s not just desk chairs that are designed to support key areas of the body. Ergonomic stools are lighter, more mobile seating options that deliver many of the same benefits. While they’re not suitable for working long hours at a desk, they can be moved around an office quickly for short meetings and collaborations. The Wooden Kneeling Stool is a great example, thanks to its quick height adjustment mechanism and padded upholstery.
You will find dozens of high-quality ergonomic desk chairs right here at Office Supermarket. And with express delivery to UK mainland addresses, stocking up on quality office furniture has never been easier.
What are ergonomic chairs?
To qualify as an ergonomic desk chair, there must be adjustable seat height and depth, as well as adjustable lumbar support. That’s because the chair’s primary function is to facilitate the best possible sitting posture. By helping the user to set the perfect sitting position based on their physical characteristics, an ergonomic chair can reduce pain, discomfort and mobility issues.
What are the benefits of ergonomic chairs?
Ergonomic chairs improve sitting posture at desks and computers, which minimises discomfort and reduces the chances of pain and mobility problems. In turn, this increases productivity and morale levels — which is always good news for a business’s balance sheet.
How does an ergonomic chair help?
A healthy human spine has a natural ‘S’ shape. But when people sit with poor posture for prolonged periods, this ‘S’ shape can become misshapen. Ergonomic chairs are designed to support the natural curvature of the spine through a series of adjustments to the headrest, backrest and armrests.