Sitting at your office desk for long hours on a poor designed office chair or for that matter even a gaming chair can put a great amount of pressure on your back and neck which may lead to back pain and other serious health conditions. Ergonomic office chairs can significantly improve your posture while sitting as they have been carefully designed to reduce back pain, provide comfort and improve overall productivity. Ergonomic chairs allow you to sit with both feet on the ground while your back and neck are straight; this lessens pressure on the spine and even improves blood circulation.
What to look out for in a good ergonomic chair:
Before you start shopping around for a new desk or gaming chair, take a look at the following six features you should consider:
The finest ergonomic chairs have great movement and provide your back with complete support. If you already suffer from back problems, the variety of movement your chair offers should be the first thing you consider. Remember — it’s important to have a chair that supports your posture and enhances it.
Ideally, the backrest of an ergonomic chair should be 12-19 inches; it should fit the curve of the spine and should be easily adjustable. A locking mechanism on the backrest is also a must so the chair can be fixed into a comfortable position.
3. Lumbar Support
Essentially, the ergonomic chairs are designed with an inward curve. This curve helps straighten posture and provides essential lumbar support so that there is no strain or pressure on your lower spine.
The backrest should be adjustable in height and angle so that it can offer support no matter how you sit in it. It also shouldn’t be too stiff or too flexible.
When selecting an ergonomic chair, make sure you go for one with armrests that support the arm without putting any pressure on the shoulder. The armrests should come with an adjustable height and provide comfort to the elbows, lower arms and shoulders simultaneously. They shouldn’t be high enough to bump into the desk you’re working at or so low that they strain your shoulders and back.
An ergonomic chair should be able to easily rotate and move smoothly across any surface.
Try not to buy a basic chair that only meets the bare minimum. A good ergonomic chair should provide you with comfort and support, and those ought to be your most important concerns when buying one.
Our favourite ergonomic chairs
The K2 Ergonomic Office Desk Chair has an adjustable headrest and lumbar support that align the back and head with the chair which helps improve your posture and keeps you comfortable.
It’s made of a breathable long-lasting, tight-weave mesh material that helps regulate the body’s temperature (which comes in handy if you’ve been sitting down for a long time) and allows airflow.
The chair also has adjustable arms that keep your shoulders, elbows and lower arms comfortable. Plus, it comes with a tilt movement to allow you extra mobility.
The K3 Task Chair comes with a curved mesh backrest. This helps align the spine and improves your posture while sitting. This chair also has a adjustable lumbar support intended to support your lower back and reduce pressure on it. It has a thick padded seat too that provides comfort all day and reduces fatigue in the body.
The K3 is task chair which can be used for a variety of purposes such as office work, playing computer games, watching TV, relaxing or even studying. Its sleek, minimal and compact design fits in well with any room aesthetic. It won’t take up too much space, either.
Combining a foam rubber and fabric seat pad with a mesh back rest, this K3 Mesh office chair with adjustable headrest and arms has plenty to offer in the way of ergonomics. The moulded back rest is comfortable with a well-rounded headrest and a pronounced mound where the lower back meets the chair. This lumbar support can also be adjusted to flex more easily.
The armrests are comfortable and raise up and down, and there’s height adjustability and a recline that takes the chair back to 120-degrees with 4 position lockable tilt.