Office Chairs: Is Yours Causing Back Pain?

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On average, how much time do you spend at your desk? For many, it’s somewhere between 40 to 50 hours a week or 7 to 8 hours a day. Now out of those hours, how many do you spend sitting? Even if it’s somewhere around three or five hours, the combined amount of time spent sitting on an uncomfortable chair can hurt your body, specifically your back and lead to other longer-term complications.

Now before we put all of the blame on your chair, let’s access your own habits when it comes to your posture.

How do you sit at work?

When you sit at work, you want to feel comfortable and supported. It’s easy to lean back into a chair and slouch and immediately think yes, this feels good! While it may feel good for a couple of minutes, you’ll eventually find that your neck will begin to ache and your shoulders might also feel a bit tense. And your arms, they might struggle to reach the keyboard. Here’s how your body should be while sitting on a chair:

  1. Your eyes should be leveled with your computer monitor and approximately 18 to 24 inches away from your eyes.
  2. Your back should be supported by the natural curvature of the backrest.
  3. Your arms should create a 90-degree angle with your wrists resting on a pad or the top of the desk.
  4. Your buttocks should be fully situated on the chair as far back as possible so that your back is touching the back support of the chair.  
  5. Your feet should be flat on the floor or resting comfortably on a footrest.

In general, you want to make sure that things feel right for your body. Even the best chair can cause pain if we’re not using it correctly.

Office Chairs to Consider

Like we mentioned earlier, even if you’re only at your desk for a couple of hours, you need a chair that will give you ultimate comfort and ultimate support. We recommend one that is padded with memory foam—yes, memory foam—like the material inside beds. It will feel good on your back and your behind. Additionally, you want a chair with armrests. Even if you’re not resting your arms on them because let’s face it, you’re typing all day, you’ll feel more supported.

Here are other things to look for:

  • Find a backrest that curves to the natural shape of your back.
  • Adjust the seat so that your legs are touching the floor.
  • Make sure the cushion isn’t too stiff or too soft but is firm and supports you.
  • If your back pain persists, consider the care of a chiropractor as there could be other underlying issues.     

Find Yours at Indoff Commercial Interiors

Ready to swap out your current chair for a much more comfortable one? At Indoff Commercial Interiors, we’ll help you find office chairs that suit your needs and the those of your team. We’re committed to ensuring your office has chairs that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.

Connect with us today to learn more!

3 Good Reasons to Buy New Office Chairs

Modern office chairs detail, shallow DOF.Buying a blend of new and used office furniture is a great way to get great office design on a budget. Cubicles, desks, cubbies, and book shelves can be found for less than half the price of buying new items. However, there are a select few items that you should highly consider buying new. Among top on the list is office chairs. While buying these used could save a great deal of money, there is a lot of value in purchasing them new. We have a few reasons why listed here for you.

Office Chairs Sustain a lot of Wear and Tear

When it comes to office furniture, chairs probably sustain the most wear and tear. Employees in office environments spend many of their hours on the clock sitting. Some office work requires repeated sitting and standing. There’s also the consideration of employees eating at their work space and leaving hair and skin cells left behind much like a mattress after repeated use. When you buy used office chairs there is no real way to tell how many others have used the chair is or if parts have been replaced or damaged.

Give Your Employees the Best

Providing your employees with new office chairs as opposed to used ones is a great way to show them a bit of respect and care. Because your workers do spend a great deal of time working hard while seated it is important to provide them with the best quality and comfort. Giving them an office space they can appreciate and respect is also a way to boost morale within the office.

Increase Efficiency

You can’t expect good work from uncomfortable working conditions. Providing new chairs that are comfortable and ergonomic is a great way to boost efficiency in the office. It is best to provide a seating position that doesn’t put strain on the neck, hands, back, or knees. Providing new office chairs that a worker doesn’t have to think about or spend too much time adjusting will only lead to better work.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in getting new office chairs or a whole blended office setup our furniture expert Kim offers great design advice. She can help you create an office space that offers comfort and efficiency for your employees. Kim is knowledgeable about color psychology for productive work, ergonomic furniture, and designing spaces on a budget. Call Kim today to set up a consultation.