Having a comfortable work setting is crucial in order to ensure a productive work environment as well as avoiding both minor and serious health issues. It is important to make sure both the work station set up and your office chair are contributing to your overall happiness and relaxation at work. Pains and aches throughout the day make work go by much slower and can have a negative affect on your overall mood. This can also lead to loss in productivity and missed days of work. Some office chairs are not properly designed to meet the needs of your body shape and can lead to back pain and other related problems. If you don’t have $1,000 in your budget to purchase a great office chair, as most of us don’t, fear not because it is possible to find a viable option for a considerable price. There are a few steps one could take in order to start their quest for a new comfortable yet inexpensive office chair, it just takes time, patience and a good attitude; remember you could be on your way to working comfortably all day!
The first step to take in the road to a better more affordable office chair is to start by researching different office chair options available; there are thousands of different office chairs out there but which is right for you? Many office chair websites, such as our own Sitbetter.com, offer specialized categories which can help you find a place to start looking. You can also make a note of a chair you find comfortable when visiting friends, family, or client’s offices and look for comparable items. Many chairs are or have replicas that are much lower in price, and the differences between the real and the replica sometimes just come down to the name of the brand! You will also need to determine your budget and sort between chairs in that price range.
Once you have your budget figured out, it is essential to identify the key ergonomic features you will want in your office chair. Some features you maybe looking for are the overall height of the chair, the shape and contour of the back rest, the type of arm rests and whether the chair swivels or is fixed in place. Other features you may want to think about including in your search are ergonomic functions such as seat height, back height, knee tilt, moveable arm rests, a seat slider, a ratchet back, and built in lumbar support. You will also need to consider the nature of your work; do you work in a call center sitting in a chair 12 hours a day or do you work from home 3-4 hours a day? You will also need to factor in your height and your weight, if you are under 5’3″ you may want to opt for a petite office chair in order to fit your body or conversely if you are 6’4″ you will want to look into a big and tall chair to support you. Your chair will need to fit into your pre-exisitng color scheme where you will be using it, so look into similar chair colors as what you already have going on.
Narrow your selection to 5-10 chairs that will satisfy your basic criteria. Compare the chairs side by side to determine which will be the best value for the price you will pay by looking at what they have to offer such as material, adjustments, style, and price point. A high back executive chair with a head rest and knee tilt mechanism may be on the high end of your budget, while a mid back mesh chair will be less expensive but also less durable in the long-haul. A vinyl or caressoft office chair makes a good alternative to a leather chair when price is concerned and look strikingly similar and have relatively the same comfort if material is not an issue to you. Similarly with fabric chairs there are many different grades and colors that are more expensive than others, so if you are on a tight budget constraint stick with the lower grade fabrics that are still designed for 40 hour a week usage.
When choosing among your final few choices, it comes to the point where you will need to determine which factors in your office chair’s design are the most important to you. If you are purchasing the chair for yourself then you may be able to forget about the height adjustment feature and opt for a nicer more durable material. If you already have a lot of back pain from previous chairs look for a high back chair with a headrest that will give you plenty of lumbar support as opposed to a low back chair that will not offer full back support. If you are purchasing several chairs get a combination of mid-back and high-back chairs to accommodate varying heights. Every chair purchase is entirely dependent on who the purchaser is and what needs they need met. There is no one universal chair solution which is the beauty of being able to sort and choose between thousands of chairs online to find the right fit for you.
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