Five Reasons to Use an Ergonomic Keyboard

ergonomic keyboard

If you prefer an ergonomic office chair, perhaps an ergonomic keyboard will be helpful in making typing as pain-free and efficient as possible. You’ll notice a difference in the way your body feels after long desk sessions. What are the five main reasons that using an ergonomic keyboard will benefit you?

1 – Ease of Use

Most ergonomic keyboards will require you to adapt to them to a degree. You’ll have to determine whether these adjustments make it worth the mild hassle. How long does it take to get used to the different typing style and each keyboard’s differences?

2 – Proper Positioning

Keeping your hand and wrist in line with the forearm should maintain a neutral, straight position. This helps in reducing the stress placed on muscles and tendons. Don’t use wrist pads when you’re keyboarding, and leave the keyboard lifts in the back flat.

3 – Media-Control Pads and Devices

Keyboards are designed to facilitate typing, but many also have ways to use Firefox or iTunes without excess finger motion. Devices like media-control pads mean that you won’t have to use your mouse as often.

4 – Keyboard Layout

Some ergonomic keyboards have programmable keys that allow you to remap keys, with 24, 36 and 48 macros including a maximum of 56 characters. These keyboards can be switched between Dvorak and QWERTY layouts. These aid in typing comfort and ease of use.

5 – Keyboard Configuration

The natural wave of an ergonomic keyboard allows it to pivot on an axis. Some can be used as standard keyboards or configured into positions that fit your hands and arms more naturally. The best ergonomic models can resemble the layout of the most expensive keyboards without requiring any kit to expand the splay and tent of the keyboards. Using an ergonomic keyboard as a standard keyboard is beneficial when you have limited space.

Top 10 Chairs for Petite People

If you are petite, you may have trouble finding a chair. At SitBetter, we understand your concern and have a full selection of office chairs for petite frames.

Here are our top ten:

1. ErgoCentric GeoCentric Petite Mid Back Chair

ErgoCentric GeoCentric Petite Mid Back Chair

 

This chair is great for short or petite users and can be customized to fit various sizes. The curved backrest features built-in lumbar support and the seat comes in three sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ErgoCentric Saffron

ErgoCentric Saffron Office Chair

 

The Saffron has the same features as the GeoCentric, but it has a flat backrest, which doesn’t provide quite as much support for the lower back.

 

 

 

 

 

3. ErgoCentric Mycentric

ErgoCentric Mycentric Office Chair

This specialty petite chair has a backrest that is ergonomically contoured, with side contours to envelope your back. This is beneficial for smaller users with lower back pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Highmark Emme Petite Task Chair

Highmark Emme Petite Task Chair

 

This is a Highmark chair, known for durability and comfort. The petite version was designed for users who are smaller, with a backrest of medium height and a smaller than normal seat size.

 

 

 

 

5. Humanscale Diffrient World Chair

Humanscale Diffrient World Chair

 

 

This chair is ultimately simple and actually fits 95% of the population. Most fittings are automatic and it has a recline that is weight-sensitive. The mesh gives you lumbar support that is tailor-made.

(and no, that’s not a misspelling of “different,” it’s really spelled that way!)

 

 

 

6. Office Master Patriot

Office Master Patriot Office Chair

 

This superior task chair is a full function model, designed for smaller and medium individuals. Multiple adjustments allow you to fit the chair to your frame, including adjustments for back angle, seat tilt, back height and seat height.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Office Master PT

Office Master PT Office Chair

 

This chair fits people of small and medium stature. Multi-function controls allow for users to adjust the chair for their individual size.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Office Master PC

Office Master PC Office Chair

 

This series is designed with more adjustability than other chairs. It has many features and can be adjusted easily to meet almost anyone’s needs.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Humanscale Freedom

Humanscale Freedom Office Chair

 

The Freedom Task Chair has weight-sensitive recline and offers functionality and performance to keep users comfortable. It also lowers the risk of any long-term injury.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Allseating Presto

Allseating Presto Office Chair

 

This is a stylish, small, simple petite task chair. It is budget-friendly and a good choice if you will be sitting for a few hours each day. It offers multiple adjustments and arm options.

 

Leather vs. Vinyl vs. Faux Leather on Office Chairs

Leather vs Vinyl Office Chairs

 

Products made from leather have their own appeal. They’re a status symbol and leather chairs are usually quite comfortable.

There are other options available in addition to leather for office chairs. How do they compare? You will want to know the differences between leather and the alternatives before you purchase your next office chair.

Office chairs are made from leather, faux leather or vinyl, and other materials.

Vinyl Office Chairs

Vinyl is a useful leather alternative. Often it can look like leather. There have been advancements in the creation of vinyl, so that it resembles leather closely. Vinyl chairs are used in biotech offices because they are resistant to bacteria, and are easy to clean.

Vinyl does not last as long as leather, and where leather becomes softer over time, vinyl may feel more like plastic as it ages. Vinyl is less expensive to buy than leather, and you can also buy chairs that utilize leather and vinyl both, which can be a good alternative.

Faux Leather Office Chairs

Faux leather is a type of fabric that is leather infused with a polymer, giving it durability and strength. They are broken down and then brought together to simulate leather’s softness. Some may be harder, and they are usually not as shiny as real leather.

Leather alternatives are cheaper, but they do not become more comfortable as they age, as leather will. Leather has longevity, where artificial materials do not. Choosing an office chair involves many other things to compare, but it’s also good to have alternatives in materials. If you want to save money up-front, it may be beneficial to choose vinyl or faux leather. If you want a chair that will stand the test of time, then leather is your best bet.

How to Disassemble an Office Chair

How to Disassemble an Office Chair

If you want to replace a cylinder on your office chair, or return or ship it, you may need to know how to disassemble your chair. If you have the proper tools, disassemble is not difficult. These instructions explain how to remove a cylinder. When it comes to removing the chair arms and back, that is easier and since each chair is different, we won’t try to explain that process here.

Tools You Need:

  •  Pipe Wrench or Vise Grips
  • Rubber Mallet or Hammer
  • Lubricant
  • Cloth

 Office Chair Disassemble Tools Needed

Remove the Base

Flip Chair Upside Down to Disassemble

Extend the chair as high as it will extend, and remove the back and the arms. Then flip your chair upside down. Use a hammer or mallet around the cylinder rim that protrudes from the center of the base.

 

Be careful not to use the mallet on the cylinder middle or tab. Hammer all sides numerous times. This is easier if someone holds up the chair for you. 5-10 hammer hits should cause the chair to fall from the base. This leaves the cylinder attached to the under-chair control. Remove the wheels.

 

Remove the Cylinder

Rubber Mallet to Remove Cylinder

Apply your lubricant where the control mechanism meets the cylinder  and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes.

 

Use the pipe wrench or vise grips to grasp the cylinder as close as you can get to the control mechanism. Use an assistant or your body weight to prevent the seat from moving. Push forward on your vise grips or pipe wrench. After 5-15 seconds pushing, it will twist. When you feel it twist, the cylinder should come off easily. Total time is usually 10 or 20 minutes, as long as you have the right tools.

 

Replace a Cylinder

Remove cylinder from Base Office Chair Disassemble

After you remove the original cylinder, replace that with a new one and assemble the rest of your chair as you did the first time.

Disassemble a Chair for Return

 

Package your chair as it was when you received it. You may not need the original box, but usually you will. Include all protective packaging or pack with bubble wrap. You will be liable for any damage in shipping.

Top 10 Chairs for Big and Tall Men

Finding office chairs can be difficult, but it is even more so when you have a different stature than the norm. If you’re bigger or taller than most, here are some of your best bets in office chairs.

1 – eCentric Plus

eCentric-HB-TI-PLUS office chair

The eCentric Plus Size Big and Tall Chair offers premium quality and comfort. The components used are heavy-duty and it has a stronger, larger base and cylinder. It holds up to 400 pounds.

2 – Chiroform Big and Tall

 Chiroform Big and Tall Office Chair

 

The Chiroform is rated for up to 500 pounds and is especially valuable for larger people who spend many hours a day sitting. It offers you an extra wide backrest and seat. A memory foam seat adds comfort.

3 – ERA Premier Big & Tall Chair

ERA Premier Big and Tall Office Chair

This is the top of the line in seating for big and tall office workers. A unique steel frame ensures that the components last a lifetime. Suitable for up to 500 pounds. It offers 4-way completely adjustable lumbar support and an extra wide base.

4 – OFM Avenger Series

OFM Avenger Big and Tall Office Chair

This is a new, big and tall addition to the OFM ergonomic office chair line. Class styling fits in any office type environment. It is weight rated at 500 pounds, and is tufted for plush comfort.

5 – Boss Big and Tall Executive Office Chair

Boss Big and Tall Office Chair

This chair is made with Caressoft Vinyl and has a spring-tilt, heavy-duty mechanism that will allow for height adjustment and reclining. Double plush cushions offer long lasting support.

6 – OFM High Back Big & Tall Office Chair

OFM High Back Big and Tall Office Chair

This office chair holds up to 400 pounds and has ultra comfort with a high back and six-inch seat foam. The swivel tilt lock mechanism has a tension control for added comfort.

7 – OFM Avenger Executive Series

OFM Avenger Executive Series Big and Tall Office Chair

This chair provides long-term comfort and is weight rated for 500 pounds. It features a five inch thick comfortable padded seat and seat height adjustment for extra comfort.

8 – Office Star Space AirGrid

Office Star Space AirGrid Big and Tall Office Chair

This office chair can hold 400 pounds and has many adjustments available. It includes an adjustable headrest, tilt tension control and pneumatic adjustment for seat height.

9 – ERA Big Sur

ERA Big Sur Big and Tall Office Chair

This is heavy-duty chair crafted in the U.S., designed for 500 pounds. It has an extra large seat and four-way lumbar support that is completely adjustable.

10 – Boss Big and Tall Bariatric Chair

Boss Big and Tall Office Chair

This big and tall chair is affordable and adjustable. It features a two-paddle tilt mechanism that locks in any position. The adjustable tilt tension and pneumatic height adjustment add to the comfort.