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Owning an ergonomic office chair, in place of a regular chair or desk chair, has proven to be incredibly beneficial to one’s health and well-being. At least 50% of working Americans experience back pain on a regular basis, and an ergonomic office chair is designed to provide adequate lumbar support, which not only provides more comfort, but will keep the user from experiencing more back problems down the road. The ergonomic support goes beyond just the back, however. The chair’s other adjustable components also help to increase circulation and alleviate pressure on your spine and joints.
Simply owning an ergonomic office chair will not ensure that it is helping to alleviate any issues. One must adjust the chair to fit the proportions of the individual’s body, in order to maximize both comfort and relief. No two people are alike, and therefore, the individual user must be considered not only when selecting the right office chair, but also when adjusting it before use.
Lumbar Support - The lumbar support is the most important adjustment of your ergonomic chair. The lumbar portion of the spine bears the most body weight, and is therefore most susceptible to injury. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that one’s lower back is adequately supported. When seated, the chair’s lumbar support should fit comfortably into the curve of your lower back, and your feet should be flat on the ground.
Hips and Knees - Hip and knee joints are areas of problems and discomfort for many people. The best position for both of these joints is if your feet are flat on the floor, and your legs are bent at a 90-degree angle. In this position, your knees should be level with your hips. Make sure to adjust the height of your chair to the appropriate level for this position.
Armrests - Armrests are more than just a place to, well, rest your arms. Armrests are actually meant to take some of the strain off of your upper spine and shoulders, and to make you less likely to slouch forward in your chair. Leaning forward even 30 degrees closer to your computer screen puts three to four times more strain on the back. In an ideal position, your chair should be adjusted so that your elbows are at a 90-degree angle on the armrests. Your armrests should just slightly lift your arms at the shoulders.
Neck Position - If working at an office job or in front of a computer, it’s important to make sure that you are not craning your neck to look at your computer screen. This can lead to discomfort and neck strain. When sitting in your desk chair and looking at your screen, your forward gaze should be at the center of the screen. If your neck is craning up or down, you should adjust the height of your chair.
Lean Back Reclining slightly in your chair transfers your body weight to the chair’s backrest, easing weight off of the vertebrae. Reclining to create a 135-degree angle between the thighs and trunk puts less stress on the ligaments of the spine than sitting upright at 90 degrees or slouching slightly forward. Sitting upright at 90 degrees actually puts the most stress on ligaments of the spine, particularly on the intervertebral discs.
Sitting upright for extending periods of time puts unnecessary stress on the back, increasing the risk of chronic back pain. Even sitting for over six hours a day for a decade or so can cut about seven quality-adjusted years of your life. An ergonomic office chair is the wisest choice you can make for comfort in the workplace, but keep in mind that finding the right chair and adjusting it properly are just as important to the chair’s effectiveness to your overall health and comfort.
Being a larger sized person doesn't always make things easy. In fact, I think most can agree it's more of a hindrance than anything else. Whether you are larger because you are 7 ft. tall, or maybe you are just a little overweight, the question that plagues most of us always seems to rear it's ugly head; am I going to fit in that chair? I'm a big guy (6'2" 350lbs), and personally I can relate to this in so many ways. When you go over to a friend's house and you decide to just stand for fear of breaking their furniture, or even worse when you go over to your grandma's house and all she has is wicker furniture. All of these situations are embarrassing to say the least, but what about your workplace? When you have to sit in a chair for 8+ hours a day, finding the right chair is extremely important.
Speaking from experience, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a new chair when you are big and tall. We spend all the time in the world picking out a new car, or a new cell phone, but what about that thing you are sitting on day in and day out? I'm going to break down some of the more important things to look for when purchasing a chair.
First and foremost, you need to be comfortable.
Choosing your fabric and foam are essential. If you are not a leather or vinyl person, don't get leather or vinyl. The last thing you want to do is buy something you're not going to be comfortable with. When you're spending $500+ on something, it's not the best time to be adventurous. The same goes for the other options, don't get a mesh or fabric chair if you know you are going to want something in leather or vinyl. The benefit to leather or vinyl is it has a classy look as well as being a little easier to clean. The benefit to mesh or fabric is they 'breathe' a little better, but may not be as easy to clean as a vinyl or leather.
You want to be confident when sitting in it.
This means you need to take a look at the weight rating. Just as I steer away from wicker furniture or cheap plastic lawn chairs, if you are bigger you should also stay away from chairs with a low weight rating. On Sitbetter we do our best to keep pertinent information on each product page. If you are 300 lb.s, don't buy a chair that is rated for 200 lbs., you will wind up wearing the chair out far before you should. The last thing you want is to have to buy a new chair every 6 months or worse, you could end up breaking it and falling and hurting yourself, or at least your pride. Not that I have any experience with that ;).
Another really important feature when ordering a chair is the cylinder.
If you are 7 ft tall, you probably shouldn't purchase a chair with a low cylinder. You want your feet firmly on the ground, but you don't want to sit in the chair like it is a bean bag all day. This can be tricky when you are taller, because a lot of desks sit at a standard height, and sometimes getting your legs at the proper angle just isn't possible with the current desk situation you have. Be sure to measure and measure again. Measure your desk from the floor to the underside of the desk. Also measure your current chair and where it sits from the floor to the top of the seat. The measurements for the seat range are posted on most, if not all of our chairs. If you can't change your desk, do your best to cut the difference by ordering the proper cylinder.
For the most part, many of us sit in our chairs for 8+ hours a day. That is a lot of wear and tear, especially when you are bigger. Sure, you can buy a cheaper chair, that isn't rated for your height or weight and you may save some money. But in the long-run, if you're having to spend money on a new chair every 6 months, you will be spending a LOT more. The best thing to do is research, make a smart spending decision, and buy a chair that is going to last a couple of years, but more importantly, a chair that you will be happy with.
When you have to sit for hours on end in an office chair, the most important aspect is that the chair is comfortable and good for your health. However, not all office chairs are made to fit all types of people. If you are taller or bigger boned than the average person, you should not have to sacrifice your comfort just to do your job at a desk. Sitting at a desk can be particularly uncomfortable for taller individuals. Their legs might bend in a strange fashion in the wrong chair. Those who are bigger might experience back pain due to a lack of support from a standard chair. In order to find a chair to suit your needs, you have to shop for chairs with certain features and adjustments made especially for those who are big or tall.
If you are bigger and taller, you know that most office chairs are designed for a much shorter person. Chairs that don’t adjust height-wise can’t provide the user with the comfort that they need. Your office chair should be fully adjustable so that you don’t have to crouch down. Feet should rest flat on the floor and the lower legs should be straight and not bent. This allows for increased blood circulation. Every big and tall office chair should have a quick and easy way to adjust the height of the chair relative to the floor.
Each chair has a certain weight capacity. Standard office chairs can be quite limited in the weight that they can hold. You need to look for chairs that hold enough weight. These products can handle anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds. In order to handle extra weight, the chair might have a larger base and a stronger mechanism.
Seat Width and Sliders
One of the most common complaints about standard office chairs is that the seat is not wide enough for those who are big and tall. If you require an office chair that is taller and larger than the average size, you need to look for a chair with a greater seat width. This will lend additional comfort and help support your thighs. Chairs with wider seats will be easy to find if you pay attention to the seat dimensions. Many office chairs that are designed for those who are big and tall also include a seat slider. This feature allows the user to create more length in their chair seat. This is a particularly useful feature in an office chair for tall people. In addition to the seat slider feature and a wider seat, you should also notice the cushioning of the seat. It should provide enough comfort and support for those long days behind the desk.
Many big and tall office chairs come with a tilt tension feature. As not everyone is the same weight, height and strength, you need a chair that can cater to diverse users. The tilt tension feature makes it possible to control the rate and ease with which the chair reclines. This feature is important, as it allows the chair to adjust to different weights and strengths.
One of the most important features of any chair that you sit in for hours on end is back support. If a chair doesn’t support your back, you could experience headaches, neck and shoulder pain and pain in the lower back. For those who are taller and bigger, short backrests do not lend the proper support. You need to find a chair that has a high backrest. This feature will offer the proper lumbar support.
Stacking chairs are one of the most versatile pieces of office furniture available. They can be used in a variety of settings including classroom seating, computer lab seating, seminars, conferences, sporting events, libraries, schools, conference rooms, gyms, parties, reception rooms, guest seating, lobbies, hotels, or any location that will be hosting a large group of people. They are widely popular because of their ability to be conveniently stored away when not in use and their small footprint also makes for great space-saving. Stacking chairs allow for the ability to seat a large group of people quickly and efficiently. Once the meeting/event has concluded, you are then able to stack and store them away with ease.
Arguably the best feature of stack chairs is their ability to be stored away easily when not in use with their lightweight design and minimal amount of space they take up. Simply stack the chairs on top of one another (some can be stacked up to 40 high) and store them away in a storage closet or in the corner of the room. Stacking up to 40 chairs up at a time can become a chore when having to transport them to your storage unit which is why it is recommended to purchase a storage dolly for your stacking chairs.
Storage dollies allow for an easy way to store and transport your stacking chairs. They are constructed with strong steel frames that are able to adequately hold the weight of the numerous chairs being stacked upon it. A key feature you will find on storage dollies is a set of casters/wheels that allow for effortless mobility of your chairs once they have been stacked up. Some even come with the more advanced feature of locking wheels to ensure your dolly stays in place and does not roll away when not in use.
Most storage dollies are designed to hold between fifteen to thirty chairs at once. This makes moving stack chairs faster and more efficient by being to be able to carry multiple chairs at once rather than having to carry them by hand one or two at a time. This allows for you to quickly create a seating arrangement in less time with less effort. Everyone's least favorite part of an event is the aftermath, also known as the cleanup part, which is why it is more convenient to utilize a dolly to save time and energy that could be spent on other tasks and get you out of there quicker.
Nesting chairs are similar in function to stacking chairswith the goal of being able to swiftly set up and store away when not in use, while also being able to seat multiple people at large events. The main differences between the two is in the design of the chairs. Nesting chairs have a seat that flips up when they need to be stored, very similar to a folding chair design. Storage dollies are also available for this type of chair; the chairs are able to fold up horizontally and stacked horizontally side by side. Due to their larger size, nesting chair dollies can carry less chairs than stacking chair dollies.Whether you already have a set of stacking chairs, are looking to replace your old chairs, or are purchasing a set of chairs it is recommended to also look into getting a corresponding storage dolly to go along with it. Not only will you save space, but you will also save time.
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We all want our products yesterday. But, sometimes, we have to settle for in a few days - fortunately, there are manufacturers like Ergo Office Seating (aka ErgoFast) which take pride in shipping products ASAP (usually within 24 hours), because rea
lly, they don't like seeing their chairs just sitting there (please excuse the very appropriate pun). However, with that speed of service comes the very real question: How are their chairs?
Well, since they are selling on Sitbetter, its safe to assume we've tried them and find them to be to our caliber of quality. The spotlight series this week looks at the Milan Series from ErgoFast, a popular and versatile ergonomic task seating option available in 3 different versions to meet exact budget restrictions.
All three of the Milan models come in the same designer back mesh (not a plain black, but has a little of a pattern to it, giving it a break from the dull standard mesh seen out there) and an elastic yet tough and easy to clean black seat fabric, upholstered over a unique seat foam that molds to the user not dissimilar to memory foam.
Simple, not many bells and whistles, but functional. An ergonomically reclining mechanism with height adjustment, swivel and tilt lock give the basics in function, while allowing for a great value price. This version is ideal for someone looking for comfortable task seating for many employees and needs to stay within a budget, or just as well for someone looking for a simple task chair for home use.
The second version of the Milan comes with a different mechanism and offers different (wider array) of functions than the value version. It is made for functions where more adjustments are required and more of an upright tasking position is needed. Basically, it allows you to adjust different areas of the chair independently, namely the back angle and seat angle. Also features back height adjustment and tilt lock. Whats the benefit of these, above and beyond paying more for them? Having the ability to adjust the chair to fit you, rather than forcing yourself into the chair.
The third version of the Milan is the same as version two, but includes a seat slider that allows you to adjust the seat depth for further adjust-ability.
Which is the best? Comfort wise, they are all going to feel the same. The foam, mesh and overall frame of the chairs does not change from model to model. But the user or purchaser should ask themselves how much reclining do they do in their chair? If the answer is a lot, then version 1 is a great choice, as it is better for that. If have more of an upright working position and type a lot more than you'd like, then one of the other two is probably a better long term investment. (Version 1 is GREAT for call centers, versions 2/3 are great for data entry and overall tasking.)
All in all, this weeks' spotlight was on the Milan series for their different and modern mesh back style combined with a great quality and price median. A unique series that is backed up by Ergo Office Seating's (ErgoFast) Lifetime Warranty.