Looks vs Functionality in Task Chairs

When looking for the right office task chair, it is important you look at all the features this particular chair has to offer you. With so much emphasis on esthetics in furniture and interior, many task chairs get chosen based on their ‘looks’ only. However, when choosing an office/task chair you have to make sure that the chair is fit-for-purpose and helps you to sit properly and perform your tasks in an ergonomic way.

Ergonomic chairs are designed to suit a range of people; however, there is no guarantee that they will suit any one person in particular. For example, a chair could be too high and the arm rests too far apart for a short, slim person. In addition, chairs may not suit every task or arrangement at the workstation. A chair becomes ergonomic only when it specifically suits a worker’s size (body dimensions), his or her particular workstation, and the tasks that must be performed there. It is possible to find the right chair although it is not always easy. And that’s where we can help. Years of experience has taught us how to pick the right chair for the right person/task/environment.

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How to pick a good chair

Some features are mandatory for a good chair regardless of how you intend to use it:

Adjustability – Check to see that seat height is adjustable.

Seat height range – Check whether the seat height can be adjusted to the height recommended for the worker(s) who will use it. Other chairs may have to be selected for very short or tall workers.

Backrest – Check to see that the backrest is adjustable both vertically and in the frontward and backward direction and has a firm lumbar support.

Seat depth – Select the seats that suit the tallest and the shortest users.

Stability – Check for the stability of the chair; a five-point base is recommended.

Other features to consider

See if the selected chair has features that will help someone do their job better. Arm rests with adjustable heights are good for computer operators. Wider or narrower arm rests may also be required depending on the worker’s dimensions and tasks they do.

See if the selected chair has features that will make doing a job more difficult. An example may be that someone may be using a chair with casters or wheels when a stable and stationary work position would be better. If chairs with casters are needed, choose ones that match the type of flooring you have (nylon casters for carpeting or urethane casters for hard floors).