Many places offer a wide range of office chairs in a variety of shapes, sizes, comfort levels and purposes and it can be a little overwhelming to chose a new chair. Some stores actually offer a buyers guide but sadly it’s quite rare and most places will try to sell you any chair just to make a quick sale.
Making sure the chair you purchase has good back support is important, a chair that offers very little can lead to problems later down the road, especially if you work long hours. Comfort is a must have during working hours or over various periods of time as certain studies have shown that it can lead to spinal problems and even arthritis.
Cushioning is also an important factor, you don’t want to have a chair with great back support but very little support for seating, it should be cushioned enough to support you as you are seated but firm enough as to not wear down quickly.
It is true that you get what you pay for and there are some budget chairs out there that offer great support but in most cases, if you pay cheap you are going to receive a cheap chair that either won’t last long or leave you in pain after just a short while.
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This might not seem like too much of a big deal but choosing a chair with the right wheels isn’t too much of a factor but let’s be honest, you don’t want to try and get up and go flying across the room.
You can choose chairs with different wheels for different types of flooring which are mostly for safety purposes.
The chair size comes into this also, as you don’t want to purchase a chair that is too big for your workspace or too small for you to be comfortably seated on.
I would advise against purchasing a standard stationary chair with no possibility of adjusting, there should be room to adjust your chair with height and tilt functions. It will give you the appropriate movement to adjust the chair to fit your own body instead of having to stay stationary in one position constantly.
Some chairs are designed to look amazing, elegant and stylish but don’t be fooled by how the chair is presented! Just because the chair looks good doesn’t mean it is suitable for you, looks don’t count for much when purchasing a chair.
Yes, you may want to have one that looks good but these chairs that are designed to look amazing can sometimes run into the 1000’s price range just because they are styled to look fancy.
A chair purchased for your home office should be practical and comfortable as to alleviate any future pain problems and health issues, some people don’t believe that something as simple as a chair can cause so many problems.
Any office chair you decide to buy should promote good posture with the correct amount of support and adjustability to get the best use from it.