As important as the mattress we sleep in, the chair we use in the office should be ergonomic and of great quality. We are very demanding when buying a mattress, but the same should apply to the chair, after all we can spend more time in it than in bed.
Suitable chairs are important not only for the comfort of the user but also for health. Poorly dimensioned sizes and lack of adjustments can cause problems in the spine, shoulders, neck, and arms, which often cause labor distractions.
But how to choose a suitable office chair amid so many options?
The Functional Corporate Furniture has a wide line of chairs, suitable for all types of users. All of them are produced on the basis of the most rigorous standards of ergonomics and quality.
From GoodHomeIDS That’s why we’ve created this guide with 7 tips to help you choose the ideal office chair.
1 – User profile and environment
First of all, review the user profile and environment. There are models of chairs for operational posts, interlocutors , telemarketers, managers, directors, and presidents, and each one has its particularities and characteristics of use.
An important detail is to choose swivel chairs with the right castors for the floor type of the environment. The rollers with PU rollers are suitable for cold, ceramic or wood floors because they avoid scratches and are quieter. Carpet or carpet rooms need nylon casters where the chairs slide better.
2 – Adjustments
There are chairs with different types of adjustments.
A chair model director or chair may have the Relax mechanism , which reclines the backrest and can still be adjusted this recline pressure, leaving the movement smoother or firmer, depending on the weight of the user. Opt for the recline version.
An operating chair can have the Assyncron mechanism, which allows the positioning of the seat tilt and the backrest independently, in addition to the height independent of the backrest.
The height-adjustable arms are ideal for operating chairs and for those in need of greater ergonomics, and can also have lateral, longitudinal and rotation adjustments, the arms 4 D.
According to the profile of the users, the time they will spend in the chair and the movements that need to do to perform their tasks, the staff of the Functional Organization guides which adjustments are important for comfort and health.
3 – Ergonomics
It is essential to check the ergonomics of the models according to their use. In cases of long sitting, the adjustments offered should allow the perfect position of arms and legs. Basically, the knees need to form a 90 degree angle with the waist and the feet should be fully supported on the floor. The forearms need to be resting comfortably on the arms of the chair, making typing easier without the wrists becoming tense.
4 – Quality of components
This part deserves special attention. As with any product we buy, the chairs can be of good or poor quality. Do not get carried away by appearance alone. It is very important to observe the robustness of the components, weight and thickness of the used metal sheets. Sit down, try it. Force the chair backrest while locked to assess your resistance. Make sure that the base of the swivel chair (the part where the casters are attached) has reinforcing ribs in the plastic or aluminum injection, if it has a size that gives stability to the chair and does not give way easily when using it.
The mechanisms of the recline (relax) larger armchairs have greater durability, stability and comfort if they have their body cast in aluminum. Relaxing mechanisms in stamped steel plate can sag and leave the chair crooked or feature malfunctioning.
For operating chairs with independent tilt-and-seat adjustment mechanisms, the test of locking the components at different points should also be tested and tested to ensure that the devices do not sag and work properly.
For seat and armchair models with a backrest , give preference to models with lumbar support, as they prevent the screen from giving way to wear and compromise your comfort and look. And also, choose models with lumbar support that has height adjustment, which in addition to meeting the standards of ergonomics, allows the adaptation and comfort of users with different heights.
Pay attention to the quality of the foams of the chairs, not only the comfort, but also their resilience, that is, how much it returns to the original shape after the application of load on it. Perform a test by strongly pressing the tip of the finger on the foam and after how much the foam returns to normal.
5 – Quality of the finish
Trust your eyes and make the first impression. You should like what you see, but check also the finishing of the plastic parts, stitching, painting and fixing of the components.
6 – Price
One of the most common mistakes of choosing the office chair is to take into account only the price, ie opt for the cheapest. Even though they seem reliable, cheap chairs generally do not offer adequate comfort and durability. They can break quickly, causing disruption and damage. A good quality chair will last for many years, ensuring user well-being and economy for the company.
Even if the chair is not for the person who is buying it, it is imperative that it be tested in the store. The buyer should sit down, stay for a few minutes, tamper with the possible settings, simulate conditions of use in the workplace, check ergonomics, quality of components and finish and comfort. Repeat the test several times. Ask all about the desired model and do not settle for empty responses from the seller. If you are not sure, do not buy.
Taking these 7 tips into account, it is very likely that you will have chosen the office chair well. Corporate Functional Furniture is on hand to help you make the best choice.