Let’s face it, not every company and job profession fits into our vision of a traditional office set up of neat little cubicles sitting side by side with ergonomic task chairs tucked under standard height desks. There are certain businesses and lines of work that call for a different type of office set up outside the norm, where the desks or work stations are taller ,therefor calling for a different type of seating. This is where drafting chairs or drafting stools become the ideal choice for seating with their ability to extend higher than a typical office chair thanks to their long cylinders.
While the name “drafting chairs” certainly implies that they must obviously be used for designing or drafting on a drafting board, drafting chairs are also used in many other circumstances. They are a comfortable choice for any work area that’s desk, work bench, or counter height requires a higher seat height to reach. With their long cylinders and chrome foot rings for added comfort and style, drafting chairs can be found in many different lines of work. Labs, architects, retail applications, pharmacies, and jobs in the bio field typically require sitting at a counter height station and drafting chairs are a common choice for seating. Doctors also find drafting chairs to be a viable choice allowing for easier examination of their patients and having a chair that fits people of all different shapes and sizes.
Most drafting chairs come with a few standard adjustments and features included pneumatic seat height adjustment and a chrome foot ring to rest your feet on top of, however there are also more ergonomically correct drafting chairs available. Ergonomic drafting chairs come with more adjustments to fit the user such as the angle of the seat, the back angle, and the back height. This adjustability can become particularly useful when multiple people will be using the same chair as they will be able to adjust the chair to meet their specific needs. An ergonomic chair is also important to consider if the work application requires sitting for extended periods of time, when comfort becomes critical.
The growing popularity of drafting chairs has lead to an increased interest in chairs that allow for sitting and standing at the same time. This type of seating application is commonly referred to as a sit stand stool or drafting stool that allows the user of the chair to alternate between sitting down and standing up with ease. Sit stand stools ease the stress off the back caused by sitting all day, and allows for an easy transition to a standing position for at least part of the work day. Alternating between sitting and standing has been proven to increase worker productivity and promote a healthier way of sitting. Taking breaks every hour and stretching is recommended by ergonomists and sit stand stools are an easy reminder to do this throughout the day.
There are a large variety of desk chairs out there in all different colors, sizes, upholstery options, and adjustments; but how do you know which one will work best for your office space? A good desk chair, whether it is for your desk at your work office or home office, will provide you with enough support to keep you comfortable throughout your sitting duration. With good support comes less back, neck, and muscle pain that can occur from poorly designed office chairs. While some desk chairs are specifically designed to eliminate pre-existing health issues such as lower back pain, other desk chairs are made to match other office furniture. For example if you have a desk in a mahogany finish, some may want to find a wooden desk chair with a mahogany finished frame to match their desk. Whether you spend much of your day sitting in your desk chair or if your desk chair is more for show, there are certain guidelines that should be followed when choosing a desk chair.
First and foremost, you will need to determine the type of desk chair you need. There are numerous desk chairs out there ranging from high back, ergonomic, mid back, wood, and more; making it important for you to know how much time you will be spending in your desk chair. If you will be spending the majority of the day sitting in your office chair, a high back desk chair might be a good choice for you since higher backrests support the spine which in turn reduces neck and upper back strain. If you have pre-existing health problems such as lower back pain, it might be best for you to choose an ergonomic desk chair that will allow you to make the necessary adjustments to meet your needs. If you do not spend most of your day sitting in your desk chair and do not experience pain from standard task chairs, a mid back chair would suite you just fine. If your desk chair is really more for show and you will be spending minimal time sitting in it, perhaps look for a wooden desk chair to match your furniture in your office or try looking for a modern chair. There are many modern office chairs that look great and fit in nicely to almost any office space, however, be aware that most modern chairs lack the support some people need.
Once you have determined the type of desk chair you need, you will then want to look at the features you will want included in your chair, including the option of casters or glides. Most desk chairs come standard with rolling casters which allow you to move quickly and efficiently from one spot to another. Desk chairs that have glides are stationary, meaning they do not move unless you pick the chair up yourself. A desk chair with glides would be ideal for extended height applications where your work station is higher than a typical desk and you need a steady chair to work on your projects. Many architects, artists, painters, and lab personnel opt for this style of seating as their work requires them to sit still. Some desk chairs also come with the option of having pressure breaking casters, which lock to prevent movement while you work whenever pressure is exerted on the wheels.
Another important option that must be taken into account when choosing a desk chair is making sure to select a chair that will fit properly underneath your desk. This will require knowing the dimensions of the chair you are interested in which is typically displayed under the product descriptions on most office chair retailer’s websites. You should also know the height of your desk and how much clearance is needed for you to be sitting comfortably underneath your desk. You should be able to sit comfortably with your feet firmly planted on the floor with knees bent at a 90 degree angle. If you need an extended height desk chair, choose a desk chair that has a foot ring. If you are of shorter stature, search for a petite chair that will allow you to have your feet firmly planted on the floor otherwise you may find that you are not able to place your feet on the floor. The same goes for taller users; be sure to look for a big and tall chair that are specifically constructed for people over 6 feet tall and generally have higher weight ratings as well.
The last key option you will want to take into consideration when choosing your desk chair is the type of armrest you will want. If your desk height is lower than a standard desk and you are not going to have a lot of clearance from the desk to the top of your thighs, consider getting a chair without arms. Armrests are not always necessary features to have, especially if you spend most of your time typing. You may also opt for an armless chair if you have a keyboard tray installed underneath your desk which will add even less room to move around. If you have a standard height desk, it is always safe to get adjustable height armrests as an assurance that they will fit properly under your desk. If you use your armrests often, look for a chair that has upholstered or padded armrests, which are cushioned and more comfortable. If you only want to use your armrests from time to time, look for a chair that has swing away arms which allows you to essentially swing the arms away when not in use.
The last step to take in choosing a desk chair is determining the type of upholstery you would like to have. Personal preferences will vary between individuals, some opt for leather because it has more of a prestigious look to it while others may opt for mesh to keep cool all throughout the year. This decision is ultimately up to you and what you think will be most comfortable for your desk. Some chairs even come in a combination of different upholsteries if you find it difficult to select only one. If you want to match the desk chair to a certain room, choose a color that matches the room.