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7 Tips on how to pick the right office chair

Lee Moore

The average Australian clerical or admin worker will spend on average 22hours each week sitting whilst at work (Australian Health Survey 2011-2012). Prolonged sitting has been identified as an emerging workplace health and safety issue with evidence demonstrating that it is linked to increasing rates of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, mental health, some cancers and even premature death (Safe Work Australia). A 2014 study by the University of Sydney found that lower back pain due to workplace factors accounted for a third of all work-related disability worldwide.

Whilst it may not be possible to reduce the amount of time spent sitting in your office, there are things you can do to reduce the demands it places on your body, particularly your musculoskeletal system. The first step is making sure you have the right office chair, but how do you know what to look for? Here we list our top 7 tips for picking the right chair for you and your staff.

1.Look for seat breathability

Modern fabrics such as mesh are great for breathability, increasing air flow to the lumbar region whilst providing comfort and support by moulding to the lower back.

2.Look for a contoured seat

Contoured seats help to evenly distribute body weight, providing comfort whilst taking pressure off the lower back. Their unique design also helps to prevent compression of the thighs, buttocks and behind the knees. 

3.Look after your spine by looking for a chair that evenly distributes weight

Modern office chairs can have up to 6 different features that enable you to make adjustments to your chair to optimise comfort and support. Adjusting the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs.Those with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows. The right chair should be quick and simple to adjust meaning that you can easily adopt a comfortable position when changing chair

4.Look for an adjustable chair

Modern office chairs can have up to 6 different features that enable you to make adjustments to your chair to optimise comfort and support. Adjusting the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs.Those with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows. The right chair should be quick and simple to adjust meaning that you can easily adopt a comfortable position when changing chairs.


5.Look for mobility

A good office chair should allow you to move freely and to access all parts of your workstation without the need to strain. If your office is carpeted consider purchasing a chair mat to assist with this.

6.Involve your staff

If you are buying chairs for employees try to involve them where possible. What suits one staff member may not necessarily suit someone else.

7.Test drive it

At our Sunshine Coast showroom, you can trial any of our chairs with the assistance of our team of dedicated and experienced staff. For those a bit further afield or wanting a longer trial period we offer ‘Danny’s trial service’. This service allows you to try one of our chairs, free of charge in your workplace Australia-wide (exclusions apply).

Still unsure? Contact us instore to arrange a free, no obligation seating assessment for your office.