Did you know that you'll spend up to 1,700 hours sitting per year?

Having the right ergonomic office chaircan provide flexibility and comfort in your daily life.

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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.

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Ergonomic Considerations

What makes a great ergonomic office chair:

  • AdjustabilityEverybody is different, so every chair needs to be able to adapt to your unique shape and posture.

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  • Easy movement and rotation — Ideally you can reach anything on your desk without straining.

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  • Stability You feel that the chair can handle your weight while sitting and moving.

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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

  • Prevent slouching

  • Let your body rest while sitting

To avoid back problems, make sure the chair you choose supports the natural "S" shape of your spine.

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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.

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Getting Ready To Buy An Office Chair

Which of these office chairs would be the best option if they were within your budget?

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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

Quiz

Which option would you pick?

Option A

Option B

Option C

Take Action

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When looking for that perfect chair, ask yourself:

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