What to Look For When Buying a New Desk Chair

Have you been looking for a new desk chair for your work space, or are you unsure whether your current chair is right for you? With so many different features and options out there, purchasing a new chair can be a confusing task. This blogpost will list some of the most important features to look for when buying a new desk chair. It will also explain how you can adjust the chair to suit you and your workspace. 

Height

An adjustable seat height is paramount to enable you to work in a good posture. The height of the chair needs to suit your own height and desk. Adjust the height, so that your forearms are roughly parallel to the floor when you’re writing or typing on your keyboard, and your thighs are slightly higher than your knees. 

If your feet aren’t flat on the ground after adjusting the height, use a footrest.

Backrest

– Adjustable Tilt:

Look for a chair that has a backrest that can be angled forward and back. This will allow you to better customise the chair to your body, and to help prevent stress on your lower back and hips. It also allows you to change up your posture throughout the work day, to prevent being in a static posture for too long. It is recommended that the backrest is reclined 90-120 degrees.

– Lumbar Support:

Have a look at the lower part of the backrest. Does it curve inwards? If it does, this means the chair has a lumbar support. This is important for supporting your lower back and maintaining a good posture while working. Test out the chair before you buy it to check if the lumbar support fits snuggly into the natural curve of your lower back. Some desk chairs have an adjustable lumbar support to allow you to customise it to the curve of your lower back.

– Height of Backrest

The top of the backrest should ideally sit at the level of the mid part of your shoulder blades for the best support.

a) The lumbar support should fit snuggly into the curve of your lower back. b) The height of the backrest should ideally sit at mid-shoulder height.

Seat Pan

– Seat Tilt

The base of the seat should ideally be flat, or slightly tilted forward, if it’s able to be adjusted.

– Seat Depth

The most suitable seat depth will be different for each person. To check if the chair will suit you, sit  with your back against the backrest, and measure the gap between the front of the seat, and the back of your leg. There should be a 2-4 finger gap, to properly support your legs, and to allow your back to be supported by the backrest.

There should be a 2-4 finger gap between the front of the seat and the back of your leg.

Armrests

If you are purchasing a chair with armrests, ensure they are adjustable. The armrests should allow your shoulders to be relaxed when your forearms are resting on them. Avoid setting them to a height where you’re shrugging your shoulders. It’s also important to make sure that the armrests don’t interfere with your desk, preventing you from bringing your chair closer to the desk if needed. 

We hope these tips help you to create a comfortable workspace! If you would like further advice for your specific work environment, or an ergonomic assessment, make an appointment with us at take2health, or at our sister clinic, Enta, in Strathmore https://take2health.cliniko.com/bookings/#location