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Qualities Of A Good Ergonomic Stool

Just because you’re working doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable. That’s especially true for jobs in which you spend a lot of time seated at a desk. For example, architects, engineers and draftsmen spend most of their workdays perched on a stool at drafting tables and drawing boards. Although a simple three-legged stool may satisfy the basic requirements for what these professionals need, the physical stresses it can put on the body over long periods of time are not ideal. Additionally, the human body comes in many shapes and sizes, so there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all stool or chair to comfortably seat everyone. For those with long legs, a stool that is too close to the ground can lead to unnatural sitting positions. Some people may find that armrests don’t come up high enough to comfortably rest their arms. Others might not get the lower-back support they need from a standard stool. Forced to sit in these uncomfortable positions for too long, people can develop sore muscles, pinched nerves and aching bones at the end of a long workday. Over many years, these issues can add up to lasting pain and discomfort.

The use of an ergonomic work stool or ergonomic computer stool can provide relief for office workers and other professionals who need to remain seated for extended periods. By allowing users to customize the seating to their precise body types, these ergonomic adjustable stools can comfortably seat practically anyone. Here are some of the most common qualities to look for when choosing an ergonomic stool or chair:

  • Adjustable height: You should be able to adjust how high off the floor the seat is located. This will allow people to rest their feet comfortably on the floor without having them dangle or bending their legs at uncomfortable angles. This also can help people reach items on their desks, such as computer keyboards, without having to hunch over or keep their hands elevated in unnatural positions for too long.
  • Adjustable armrests: If the chair or stool has armrests, make sure there is a means by which you can raise or lower them according to your comfort and preference.
  • Adjustable lower-back support: A good chair or stool should offer you adequate support for the lower portion of your back, also known as the lumbar region. The seat back should provide support for your lumbar so that you can maintain proper posture as you sit and avoid placing too much strain on your neck and shoulders.
  • Adjustable seat depth: Your chair or stool should allow you to move the seat in or out, depending on your leg length. Too much depth will force you to sit forward and leave your lower back unsupported, while too little depth can put undue stress on your legs.

The next time you need an office chair or stool , keep these ideas in mind. Supported by the right chair, you’ll be better able to maintain proper posture while staying focused on your work.