Tips For Ergonomic Office Chairs And Desks

Office workers frequently comment on the pain they experience in their back, neck or shoulders from sitting at a desk for prolonged periods of time. This can be down to a few reasons, but their seat and resulting posture is likely to be the biggest contributing factor. The spine has such an important role in the body that any mild discomfort can rapidly transfer to other parts connecting to it. A troublesome back can also lead to problems in the future, relating to posture and general back health.

Here at Home In Online we want to resolve that for you. Detailed below are some of the common problems and factors that coincide with backache from desks and chairs. Read on to see how you can make the best of having to sit at your desk for 7-9 hours a day, in terms of your back health.


Seat Height

Your seat height should be easily adjustable so that you can sit at a right angle when at your desk. Ideally, your feet need to be flat on the floor, your thighs need to be level with the desk and your arms should sit even with the desk.


Lumbar Support

Support for your lower back in an ergonomic chair is very important. The lumbar spine has an inward shaped curve and while sat for long periods of time, can lead to slouching. This flattens the natural curve and puts a strain on the lower structures of the back. The ideal ergonomic chair would have an adjustable lumbar support so that it will fit to the individual curvature of your spine.



If the backrest is separate to the main part of the seat, it should be easily adjustable. You should be able to alter both the height and the angle of the backrest, to better assist the back support while sat down. Take a look on our website for the most ergonomic chairs in the industry!


Seat Material

The material on your office chair should contain enough padding to make it comfortable for an extended period of sitting. However, be careful not to have a chair that is too soft as this can lack in the support domain. It is advisable to have a cloth or leather seat, instead of one made from hard plastic or wood, so that it can breathe.

While selecting your chair is vitally important, don’t forget that your desk needs to compliment the layout of your seat and workspace too. Too much slouching, or leaning and stretching to reach objects can pull the muscles and spine out of their natural position, defeating the object of having a supportive chair.

Ensure that when you are selecting your desk, whether it is a straightforward one or a corner office desk, you take into account the height and depth. If you have these measurements, you can ensure that your environment is adequate to offer support to your body while working.

For a large range of varied desk styles, take a look around our site and see which would look at home in your office, or for any further advice, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Home In Online.


28th November 2014

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