If you spend a lot of time at a desk, switching to an ergonomic chair will help you avoid the body pain that you get from sitting in a standard office chair all day.
Make Sure The Chair Fits You...Literally
Look for the right:
Height — you should be able to place your feet flat on the floor.
Seat width and depth — make sure there are 2 to 4 inches between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees.
What makes a great ergonomic office chair:
Adjustability —Everybody is different, so every chair needs to be able to adapt to your unique shape and posture.
Easy movement and rotation — Ideally you can reach anything on your desk without straining.
Stability —You feel that the chair can handle your weight while sitting and moving.
Never Underestimate Lumbar Support
Lower back (lumbar) support reduces stress on the spine and the pelvis. The right chair will help you:
Keep good posture
Let your body rest while sitting
To avoid back problems, make sure the chair you choose supports the natural "S" shape of your spine.
Set Your Budget
A reasonable price for an office chair is between $100 and $400.
Customizable ergonomic features can cost more (between $200 and $1,000).
Look at your needs and set a budget accordingly.
Getting Ready To Buy An Office Chair
Which of these office chairs would be the best option if they were within your budget?
Option A — No lumbar support, limited mobility, adjustable, stable
Option B — Good mobility and rotation, a bit high and wide, great lumbar support
Option C — Good lumbar support, adjustable, good fit for your body type
Which option would you pick?
When looking for that perfect chair, ask yourself:
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This Byte has been authored by
Adriana Villegas Mayorga