Computer Chair Buying Guide
In today’s working world, what’s an office without computers? And what’s a computer without a desk? And what’s a desk without a chair? Choosing the best desk chair isn’t just about aesthetics. The right choice for you and your office will depend on several factors.
Comfort and Ergonomics
Comfort and ergonomics go hand-in-hand when it comes to desk chairs. However, the two terms are not necessarily interchangeable. Ergonomics refers to the science of reducing fatigue and strain on the human body to yield greater productivity. When it comes to comfort, an ergonomic desk chair will have greater lower lumbar support and adjustability features to help a person stay more comfortable over time.
When making your choice, look at the overall contributing factors to comfort. First, measure the height of the desks in the office. Use these measurements to be sure your desk chair height is appropriate for the desk so don’t have to stretch to reach your keyboard or strain your neck to see your monitor. (The average height of a computer desk is 29”, however some desks come equipped with a keyboard tray that lowers the distance users have between their elbows and the desk’s surface when typing at their computer.) Take a few days to test out a chair and take advantage of a 30-day return policy if you find it doesn’t offer enough support or allow you to do your best work.
Resting on Pretty?
Office decor has an impact on both the overall well-being of employees as well as their productivity. Colour, flow, and even lighting and decorating choices all come into play. Chairs can be as decorative as they are functional, however, the most attractive seat in the office may not necessarily be the most comfortable computer chair or best-suited for sitting in for long periods of time to do work.
Today, chairs come in a rainbow of colours and styles that mesh well with any office decor. From antique looking desk chairs without wheels to sleek, modern leather computer chairs with wheels, there are endless options in a range of prices to choose from.
When selecting an office chair, it’s important to know who will be sitting in it and what they’re doing. Different chairs are better suited to different tasks. Some chairs are more all-purpose in nature and can be used for different functions by different people in an office environment.
The Cost of a Computer Chair
While there are an endless array of styles of chairs that offer varying ergonomic benefits, the up-front cost of desk chairs varies just as widely, too. Whether you’re buying for an individual or an entire office, budget is always a consideration. Office desk and computer chairs can range from $50 to $1,000 or more.
Look to what will give you the most for your money. Regardless of price, look at what ergonomic features a chair offers and how customizable it is to the user. A lower up-front cost may actually cost you lost time and productivity because a chair isn’t supportive or comfortable to the employee who sits in it for 40+ hours each week.