Wikipedia defines ergonomics as the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. With that being said, proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Ergonomic chairs are designed to complement the body’s natural movements while reducing the detrimental effects of repetitive motions. Ergonomic chairs are built with the idea in mind that the chair should adjust to the user, not the user should adjust to their chair. While some of us have a plethora of knowledge in the study of ergonomics, most are not well versed in the subject. Many of our customers have questions regarding ergonomic office chairs, their many adjustments, and ultimately what is going to be the best choice for them. We have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions from our customers regarding the subject of ergonomic chairs to share with you our expert knowledge on the subject and hopefully aid you in your quest for the perfect ergonomic chair for you.
- What are the benefits of ergonomic Chairs? While sitting in a chair may seem to be a stress-free activity, it is actually quite the opposite. Sitting, especially for extended periods of time, places a lot of strain on the lumbar section of your back. This combined with not sitting in your chair properly can lead to major health issues including severe back pain which can lead to missed days of work or even worse health problems down the road. Ergonomic office chairs, when properly adjusted to tailor to your body, create a supportive seating environment. Along with proper positioning of your desk, computer, and other work related necessities, your ergonomic chair will prevent you from feeling tired throughout the day and less aches and pains in the long run. A high back ergonomic chair with extra lumbar support and a headrest will aid in providing full body support and reduce shoulder and neck pain.
- The number one question we receive from customers is how to select the chair that is going to be right for them, and with good reason. Most ergonomic chairs will typically be more expensive in price as opposed to your typical office chair and customers want to make sure they are going to get what they pay for. It is essential to find an ergonomic chair that is fully adjustable. You should be able to modify both the seat height and seat depth. You also will want to be able to move the backrest up and down to suit your heigh and back or forward to meet your measurements. If you are a taller or heavier individual do some investigating for a big and tall chair which are designed specifically for such individuals. If you are shorter than 5’3″ look for a petite office chair that will allow you to have a smaller seat size, a seat slider, and possibly even a shorter cylinder to ensure your comfort. Not all ergonomic chairs are created equal and will not work for every individuals height and size which is why it is important to explore multiple options to figure out what will work best for you. How do I select the right chair?
- What workplace factors should I consider? Your chair will only be considered ergonomic if it is the right fit for you. Not every chair that has ergonomic in its title or description will suit everyone or every type of work. If you work in a laboratory with high tables, your needs will differ from someone who uses a computer all day. In this particular situation you would opt for an ergonomic stool or a chair that has an extended height drafting kit. If your work environment requires you to have stable seating and glides rather than casters on your chair, your needs will also be different from a fast paced environment where rolling around on casters would be much more efficient. Consider the motion required for your job and find a chair that allows you to extend your limbs to approximately one- half their full range. Another important factor to take into consideration is your desk height or if you have an ergonomic keyboard tray installed under your desk. If your desk is low to the ground or you have a keyboard tray installed beneath your desk, you may need an armless ergonomic chair to ensure that both you and your chair will fit comfortably underneath the desk.
- What if I do not know which adjustments I need? The more adjustable the chair is to your body the better, but with more adjustments their also comes an increase in price. Try to determine which adjustments are most important to you; do you want less pressure on your thighs when you lean back? In that case, opt for a knee tilt mechanism rather than spring tilt. If you experience a lot of lower back pain, try to look for a chair that has an inflatable lumbar support or built in lumbar support. Are you of taller or shorter stature? Add on a seat slider to ensure that your thighs are properly rested on your your seat and not hanging off. If you are like me and experience neck pain when sitting for extended periods of time, search for a chair that is high back and also comes with a headrest to help relieve your pain.
If you are looking for an ergonomic chair and need advice on which ergonomic chair would work best for you, feel free to call or e-mail Sitbetter and a chair expert will be more than happy to give a free ergonomic consultation to determine which chair will best suit your needs.
Ever find yourself realizing you need something at the last minute? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us including myself but sometimes if you realize it too late it is no longer possible to get. If this doesn’t apply to you, surely you’ve been
asked to meet an important deadline that seems almost impossible to meet. In the world of office chairs if you are given a strict deadline or need chairs delivered right away, it is almost impossible to make that happen. Some chairs are created from scratch and require long lead times to put together, while other manufacturers are just faced with too many orders to get them out in the same day let alone the same week.
Fear not though, because Sitbetter.com has recently added a whole category of diverse chairs (from big and tall chairs to reception chairs) that will ship the same day if ordered before 1 p.m. PST (that gives you East Coasters almost until the end of the work day to get your order in!). If you are faced with a big deadline or need your chairs right away, then look no further than Sitbetter for your same day shipping needs (while supplies last). The best part of all is these chairs are cheaper than normal because they are stocked in our warehouse in sunny San Diego, California so you are getting the best deal out there! Click here to check out our chairs that ship today!
Ships Today Ergonomic Chairs
Ergonomic Multi Function Mid Back Computer Chair
The Boss 2007 is a great value oriented mid back task chair with a variety of adjustments and an optional seat slider for maximum user comfort and fit!
Featuring a unique wing back design for shoulder comfort as well as a built in lumbar support, the backrest allows for comfortable computing at a great price. The B2007 also features a free float seat tilt with locking, allowing for the seat to lock throughout the tilt range. Additionally, the back angle adjustment allows the back to lock throughout the tilt range, and also is height adjustable. A lot of ergonomic adjustments for one low price of $139
Evolution Exercise Ball Chair
The original revolutionary, Evolution Exercise Ball Chair by Posture Perfect promotes a balanced posture – a vital role in your overall health!
Good posture and core strength are the best insurance against back injury – he Evolution Exercise Ball Chair embodies those principles. Either by simply sitting correctly, or by taking time to do simple exercises throughout the day, the Evolution Ball Chair has helped lower pain sufferers in all offices!
This ball chair really exercises your core while sitting at the same time! And it is on sale for $126 but for a limited time only!
Ships Today Executive Chairs
Quick Assembly High Back Leather Executive Chair
BOSS’ B8601 is beautifully upholstered with LeatherPlus. It features a Pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment with tilt lock and tilt tension control. LeatherPlus is leather that is polyurethane infused for added softness and durability. Waterfall seat design eliminates leg fatigue, and the ergonomic back design with lumbar support provides continued daily comfort.
Assembly of this chair is quick, easy and takes no more than 3 minutes. The top simply snaps upright and the base is inserted in the cylinder then the chair! This is the easiest chair to assemble on the market – $159.
High Back Leatherplus Value Office Chair
BOSS’ (B8106) is beautifully upholstered in black LeatherPlus. Comes included with passive ergonomic seating with built in lumber support. Features upright locking position, pneumatic seat height adjustment, adjustable tilt tension control, large 27-inch nylon base for greater stability, and hooded double wheel casters.
Comes with a Six-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight Capacity for this chair is 250 pounds.
As far as value is concerned, this chair is about as discounted as LeatherPlus chairs come at only $85! You will probably have to look far and wide to find a deal as good as this!
Ships Today Task Chairs
Mesh Office Chair with Adjustable Arms and Metal Frame
BOSS’ B6206 features a breathable mesh back and a black fabric seat with ample padding. The open mesh mid-back is designed to offer additional lumbar support.
Height adjustable arms accent the chair, while the locking tilt mechanism with tension control offer easy adjust-ability for the user. Pneumatic seat height adjustment, nylon reinforced 27-inch base and dual wheel casters round out this chair’s features.
For $89 this is a great little task chair to have around and the foam seat is really soft. The adjustable arms are great too if you need to fit the chair under a desk. Overall it is a great deal!
Deluxe Posture Petite Armless Task Chair
BOSS’ B315 is a site-wide best seller and for great reason! It has a comfortable thick padded seat and back with built-in lumbar support.
It also comes standard with a waterfall shaped seat that reduces stress to your legs. Back height and depth are fully adjustable. Features of the chair include a pneumatic seat height adjustment and 5 star nylon base which allows smooth movement and stability.
The ships today version is available in Black tweed fabric.
A good basic task chair that is definitely worth the price of only $55!
Ships Today Reception Chairs
Mid-Back Guest Chair with Mahogany Finish
BOSS’ B619 is perfect for lobbies or reception areas. This classic retro styling mid-back box arm chair has soft and durable molded polyurethane armrests and is upholstered with ultra soft and durable black caressoft leather. Rich mahogany wood finish legs complete the chair’s modern look.
The B619 is one of our most popular reception/guest chairs sold for its sturdy and classically styled design. The black caressoft and mahogany leather also complement almost all pre-existing office color schemes. For $99 a chair you can easily redecorate any reception mood for less!
Sled Frame Leather Office Guest Chair
BOSS’ B9529 is upholstered in black leather and comes standard with a thick steel frame with black scratch-resistant paint finish. Features thick, contoured seat and back cushions for added comfort and support. Moves smoothly over hard surface and plush carpeting alike. Curved arms easily clears front edges when pulled close to table.
Its style and true leather upholstery add comfort, class and a high end touch to any reception area, and fit well with any pre-existing furniture. At only $79 a chair, it is now easier than ever to make over your current reception room or lobby.
Ships Today Big and Tall Chair
Big and Tall Bariatric Chair with Caressoft Leather
BOSS’ (B990-CP) is a great value Big and Tall Office Chair upholstered in easy to clean, comfortable Caressoft Vinyl.
The B990-CP features a spring tilt mechanism that allows for recline, height adjustment and tilt lock as well as tilt tension adjustment. The arms are fixed with padded arm-caps for comfort. The chair also features a 5 inch thick seat cushion for long lasting support – the seat and back cushions are also contoured to improve posture. The back also features built in lumbar support.
Only $219, a great price for a well constructed chair!
Ships Today Conference Chair
Mid-Back Conference Chair in LeatherPlus
The B7306 mid-back conference chair is the perfect choice for any meeting or conference room. Beautifully upholstered with black leather plus material, the B7306 provides comfort at a great value.
Features executive mid-back styling with extra lumbar support and headrest pillow, an extra thick seat and back cushion, a pneumatic gas lift system that provides instant seat height adjustment, adjustable tilt tension to assure the right reclining tension, upright locking control, durable polypropylene armrests, and a large 27-inch nylon base for greater stability. For only $119, it is now easier than ever to get a new set of affordable conference chairs.
Ships Today Stacking Chairs
Diamond Square Back Stacking Chair with Arms
BOSS’ B9503 has a contemporary style upholstered with commercial grade black fabric. Features a waterfall seat to reduce stress on legs, painted tubular steel frames with tapered legs and molded arm caps. Stackable (up to 4 high) for space saving storage. The small footprint of this chair and stacking capability allow for maximum storage. A dolly is not available for this particular chair at this time.
Weight capacity is 250 lbs. As opposed to other stacking chairs, this one is sold in individual packs. At $59 per stacking chair, it is now more affordable than ever to get multiples.
Mesh Back Guest Stacking Chair
Boss’ B6906 contemporary style is ideal for reception rooms, visitor seating areas, or in an executive suite. The black mesh back and black fabric seat easily fit into any office environment.
The B6906 features a fluted steel frame in a black finish. The breathable mesh back and firm padded fabric seat provides a comfortable seating experience.
Stackable up to four units high for compact storage when necessary. Included waterfall seat to reduce stress on legs. Available at an affordable price of $59 which allows smaller budgets the opportunity to purchase multiples!
Ships Today Drafting Chairs
Armless Task Stool With Drafting Kit
B315-TU009A is an armless affordable drafting chair that can be raised up to 30″ high. The contoured back and seat are designed to help relieve back aches and pains. Just as comfortable and appealing as the shorter version equivalent of this chair the B315.
Features of this drafting stool include a pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, euro-style nylon base with heavy duty dual wheel casters, a strong 20-inch diameter chrome foot, and a six-year limited Manufacturer’s warranty. Please note: Chair and footring come in two separate boxes. On sale for the price of $99.
Mesh Task Stool With Drafting Kit and Adjustable Arms
BOSS’ B6206-TU009 features breathable mesh black fabric seat with ample padding. The open mesh mid-back is designed to offer lumbar support.
Height adjustable arms accent the chair, while the locking tilt mechanism with tension control offer easy adjust-ability for the user. Pneumatic seat height adjustment, nylon reinforced 27-inch base and dual wheel casters round out this chair’s features. Comes standard with a six-year limited Manufacturer’s Warranty. Weight capacity is 250lbs. Ships ready to assemble.
Note: Chair and Drafting Kit come in separate boxes. Only $109!
To see all the chairs that ship today click here!
Loaded with features and benefits, the Commander CHW-9064DH is the big daddy of big and tall chairs for today’s office executives. This reliable, affordable office chair with its twenty-three inch seat width, which allows for greater movability, accommodates for the sturdier of persons up to three-hundred and fifty pounds. The Sealy brand, waterfall seat cushion was designed to help reduce leg fatigue while simultaneously offering absolute ergonomic comfort.
ChairWorks, one of the world’s oldest and largest furniture specialists, assures the highest quality in workmanship and materials. Their Commander CHW-9064DH is no exception. From its comfortable leather arm pads and five-star nylon base, to its adjustable lock torsion knee tilt mechanism, this chair will make any executive the commander of the ship.
1. A big chair fold away arms for easy entry.
2. High quality leather that is soft and durable.
3. Steel reinforced components.
The Thorough Review:
The Mayline 6446AGL is our most popular Big and Tall Office chair for a) Big and Tall users, and b) Dispatch centers. It is very popular for the former because of the size of the chair – it is big and capable. The seat is wide and thick, using a high density foam that ensures the foam will withstand longer use by anyone. The back is tall too, which provides a a chair that can be used by a wider range of people.
The components that make up this chair are high quality and durable – for example, the chair has a steel reinforced plate on the bottom for support and longevity, and the chair comes with an oversize metal base as well. The foam is what we call High Density Foam – thicker and more durable than standard foam.
There are a few critical features that make this chair very nice – aside from the component makeup and durability. One is the pivot arm feature. The arms are capped in leather, and pivot upward out of the way for two reasons: 1. More space means more comfort and 2. It makes it easy to get in and out of the chair. The arms, although they pivot and are connected by a single point to the back of the chair, are durable and sturdy enough to put weight and support on, too. Another great feature of this chair is the inflatable lumbar support. While a very underrated feature, inflatable lumbar means the user can adjust the lower back pressure to exactly where they feel comfortable. It’s a very specific means of lumbar support.
Overall, a great chair. It’s really worth the additional dollars – instead of buying multiple chairs that keep breaking and aren’t comfortable for around $125 dollars, it’s a wise choice to invest in the durable and comfortable Mayline 6446AGL Big and Tall Office Chair.
Durability: Very, very durable. Steel reinforced plating means weight rating of up to 450 lbs.
Adjust-ability: It features two things that set it apart from other chairs – inflatable air lumbar and pivot arms that fold up.
It’s plush, and the top-grain leather is soft. However, it is not a “super soft sink into” type chair, since it is built more for long term comfort and durability.
Overall Rating (Not an average):
It’s one of SitBetter’s more popular chairs for a reason. Big, durable, comfortable – worth the price.
Want to know more about how we rate chairs? Check out our Ratings Guide!
Being of a smaller stature, I’d never really thought too long and too hard about what it was like for people of larger stature. Of course that’s not to say I am closed minded. I’m just saying that sometimes the thought of walking in others’ shoes can be an elusive concept, let alone considering what it is like for a larger person to find big and tall chairs for the office.
As a matter of fact, I think if you’ve been reading my blog, I sometimes forgot what it was like to find an office chair that was the right fit for me. In the distant past, I struggled with an elbow problem, and in the not too distant past, pain in my shoulder. Needless to say, I blame it all on my office and home office chairs. I just didn’t understand.
Now, I totally get it.
So, although the majority of the population of men and women are somewhere between 4’5” and 6’0” and weigh between 100 -200 lbs, sometimes the larger side of the populace is overlooked. Not so anymore. I’ve been in offices from one end of the continent to the other and have seen firsthand someone 6’6” and 250-275lbs trying to fit into a regular sized chair. They scrunch their shoulders, knees up above their waist line, and their oblique muscles pressed firmly against the arm rest. Needless to say they didn’t look comfortable at all.
Now-a-days there are big and tall chairs for the office, which are stylish, comfortable, reliable, and most importantly adjustable. They’re ergonomically correct for the taller, stouter body type, with reinforced support systems that can sustain up to 500 lbs, depending on the chosen model.
A good office chair reduces the stress on thighs, elbows, back, neck, wrists, and a number of other related areas. So, although these big and tall chairs have higher backs and wider seats, they operate just like any other office chair.
As with any office chair purchase, it is important to shop around and find a reputable dealer who really knows what big and tall chairs should do for the person sitting in it.