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Anatomy Of An Office Chair

When you work in an office every day, few things are more important than having a quality ergonomic chair that supports your body. A good chair can provide pain relief, improved posture, support for employees with special needs, and more. That’s why, from the headrest down to its base, the supportive features of an office chair make a big difference in your everyday working comfort and ongoing productivity. What exactly makes an office chair functional? What goes into office chair anatomy, and what’s most important? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at the basic office chair parts and what they do. Now, you can have a better idea of what’s worth looking for when you’re shopping for ergonomic seating options.

  1. The chair base. The foundation of a chair is its base, which can be constructed from steel, aluminum, wood or something else. An office chair base typically includes five legs with casters that extend from a centered column, providing stability in the chair. For improved stability and support, an office chair can have up to seven legs with casters.
  2. The seat. A chair wouldn’t be a chair without a seat. On a good office chair, the seat will be both adequate in size and adjustable to suit the different body types of anyone using it. An ideal office chair will have adjustments for seat height and seat depth. You’ll also want the seat’s tilt tension to be adjustable for tweaking or locking the incline of your body needed. Seats are available in a variety of upholstery materials, from fabric to leather. Choose the material that best fits your needs for comfort, durability, breathability, ease of cleaning, visual appeal, and budget.
  3. The back. Being able to rest your frame against the back of a chair relieves a lot of tension from your body. Ideally, look for a padded chair back with good lumbar support for your lower spine, and height adjustability if it isn’t a full-height chair. Another great feature to look for is a tilt lock, which allows you to adjust how much your chair-back reclines (separately from the seat) and can be locked into place if desired. The ability to increase or decrease the incline is one more way to customize the chair to your body, or change positions throughout the day to avoid fatigue.
  4. The arms. There are plenty of chairs with immobile armrests, or no arm rests at all, but the best office chairs will have adjustable arms that can cater to your body type and size. Even simple height adjustments can offer improved comfort and function to fit various individuals. In addition to height, top-of-the-line office chairs provide adjustability for width and armrest angle, along with the ability to swing the arms completely out of the way for certain tasks.

One of the foundations of office ergonomics is that chairs need to fit their users. To best support the spine and other vital body components, a chair must be able to conform to an individual’s body, which means it needs to be adjustable.

When you’re looking for the kind of office chair you can count on to provide stability, support and adjustability for your workplace, look no further than Concept Seating. We are an industry leader in ergonomic chairs for the office, specializing in intensive-use, 24/7 workplace environments. Our chairs are built to last while accommodating almost any body size and type.

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