Office Chairs

How to choose your Office Chair

Choosing the right type of office chair is very important. You probably spend more time sitting in your office than you do sitting at home. The more suited the chair is to you the better. The right chair will enable you to work better, without causing stress and subsequent strain to your body.

Usage - 

Consider how long you will spend in your chair at any one time and the total length of time every day. Look for comfort, adjustability and finish. Modern office chairs are designed for a wide range of uses – from typists and operators chairs to executive chairs. Office chairs are designed with a particular purpose in mind- make sure you have the right one.

Total sitting time up to 3 hours per day

Executive, Mid-Management

General office, Sales, Professional

Computer is a convenience

Extensive variety of tasks

Frequent interaction in workstation

Limited time spent in workstation

Total sitting time 3 to 5 hours per day

Executive, Mid-Management

Computer use is an important part of the daily tasks

Moderate variety of tasks

Occasional interaction in workstation

Variable amount of time spent in workstation

Total sitting time 5 or more hours per day

Executive, Mid-Management

Writer/Editor, Data Entry, Telemarketer Call Centre, Full-time computer usage

Use of the computer is essential to the job

Low variety of tasks outside of computer use

Infrequent interaction in workstation

Most or all time is spent seated in workstation

 chaira chairb 
Increases or decreases the resistance of the chair tilt.
Locks the chair at the most comfortable tilt position.
Sets the most comfortable seat height.
 chaird  chaire  chairf
Adjusts the back up and down and locks in various positions.
Back moves in and out to allow additional seat depth.
Adjust seat independently of back for greater comfort.
 chairg  chairh  chairi
Adjusts to support lower back area for increased comfort.
Optional extra on many models.
Seat and back tilt simultaneously.
chairj chairk chairl
Back & seat tilt at 2:1 ratio. Locks in various positions.
Built-in lumbar support for lower back.
Back can 'free-float' so will move with your back for support.

Height Adjustable Armrests - If choosing a chair with arm rests ensure:

They are fully adjustable within the height restrictions of your desk

They do not cause you to hunch your shoulders

You do not rest your arms on them whilst typing / writing etc.

Maintaining the Correct Posture -

Always sit with the knees lower than the hips.

■ Ensure that you are not stretching to reach your keyboard and mouse. Move in closer to the desk or re-arrange your desktop if necessary.

Sit with your eyes at least 250mm away from your monitor. Preferably have your monitor positioned at eye level. If this isn’t possible tilt the top of the monitor so that it is slightly further back than the bottom.

Always maintain a good posture whilst seated, try not to slump into the chair. If you find yourself slumping, have a break and walk around the office to invigorate your muscles.

Never stay seated for extended periods. Get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes in every hour.

 Prevention is better than cure

Always research well and choose the right chair for the job. Back problems significantly affect productivity at work and can be easily avoided by choosing the right equipment. 

If you’re choosing a chair for someone else, consult with them when making the choice. If the chair is to be shared, make sure it is fully adjustable to suit all users.


Remember to check that the chair you buy is compliant with the rules and regulations applicable to your company and the building you work in. For example, always check if you require fire retardant furniture and furnishings in your office.


Fire retardant foam and fabric conforms to BS7176 ignition source 0 - Cigarette    1 - Match    5 - Crib5